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Prepare your college application and earn college credit!

Get started early on your US university experience with the Jumpstart College Success Academy for high school students overseas (ages 15-17).


The Jumpstart College Success Academy is an opportunity for students overseas to brush up on important academic skills, learn required university technology, and prepare early for college life. It includes a one-credit virtual, live and interactive course focused on Speech Communication and University Life, in which you will learn about university culture, develop your academic communication and study skills, and engage virtually with Lehigh University teachers, staff and students on campus. You will meet online with the teacher and other students as a whole class at times, and at other times you will meet individually with the teacher and in small groups online. As a final group project, you will research about a U.S. university online and present your university to the class. By the end of the program, you will be ready to apply to a prestigious U.S. university such as Lehigh.

In the Jumpstart College Success Academy, you will:

  • Interview and engage with university staff, students, and professors

  • Experience the demands and expectations of a US college class

  • Make new friends and communicate informally outside of class

  • Learn how to and give multi-modal presentations using innovative technology

  • Learn how to communicate with your professors and advisors and advocate for yourself

  • Learn about university resources for success

  • Take TOEFL practice tests and receive help on your college application essay

Who is it forProgram DatesTuitionApplication Timeline

High school students who will be entering their junior or senior years (ages 15-17)

July 5-July 19, 2023


May 1: Application and non-refundable application fee of $50 due

May 19: Parent permission and school recommendation due

May 30: Full tuition of $905 due

Apply Now

To learn more about the program, watch the student video below or sign up for a virtual information session. Please note, all times are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5).

Information sessions

February 21, 2023, 6:30 am - 7:30 am

March 21, 2023, 6:30 am - 7:30 am

April 11, 2023, 6:30 am - 7:30 am



Application & Fee

Complete the application by May 1, 2023. Then, pay $50 (non-refundable application fee).


Permissions & Recommendation

Your parent submits Permission form. Your school completes Recommendation by May 19, 2023.


Acceptance & Tuition

Pay the full tuition by May 30, 2023.


Course Information

You will receive a welcome email with a course Zoom link.


Learn About the Program

What is VCSA?

What is VCSA?