Pre-College Foundation Programs

GET provides pre-college foundation programs for high school students and graduates that are tailored to their needs. Programs can last for a semester or up to one full year.

About the Program

Participants in this long-term foundation program will receive support in preparing successful applications to prestigious colleges and universities. They will also be able to enroll in prestigious universities in the United States, through effective guidance from GET staff members and academic resources from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Participants can attend this program for one semester, or up to a full academic year. This program is open to high school students and graduates. Upon completing their program, participants are awarded certificates from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. GET program participants do not receive degrees or academic credit from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Program Highlights

  • Improving English skills through intensive training
  • Achieving higher scores on TOEFL and SAT exams
  • Receiving guidance in college application process
  • Engaging in cultural opportunities on and off campus

During this foundation year, students take a wide array of courses that will better prepare them academically and socially for college in the United States, including:

  • TOEFL and SAT preparation
  • Academic success
  • Introduction to university life
  • Academic reading and writing
  • Calculus
  • Computer programming
  • Major specific courses

Students can engage with American culture, both academically and socially, in a structured setting.

Workshop topics include: stress management, leadership, and conflict management.

Seminar series topics include: race relations, American education system, and various other subjects designed around cutting-edge research topics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

GET provides learning opportunities for participants, both in and outside of the classroom.

On the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign’s campus, participants will visit different laboratories and research institutions on-campus.

Off-campus, GET staff members will plan and accompany groups to famous, modern, and historical attractions in Chicago, Springfield, and St. Louis.