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StepUp Intensive English is a summer or fall program for both conditionally-admitted and non-degree seeking students.

These students are academically qualified but need to increase their English proficiency to be able to be fully admitted into a university degree program. 

StepUp involves intensive pre-matriculation coursework that provides comprehensive English language and cultural training. Our goal is to help multilingual students develop high-intermediate to advanced levels of academic English language proficiency so they can communicate effectively with teachers and other students on campus and as socialize effectively into the culture of a U.S. university.

If you receive Conditional Admissions to Lehigh University, you must complete StepUp Registration by the deadline stated in your departmental letter. If you have any questions about the conditions in your letter, please contact your graduate department or the ICAPE office (

Schedule and Pricing

Fall 2018: September 6 to November 16

Spring 2019: January 30 to April 12

Summer 2019: June 20th to August 9th

Full-time Price (Fall 2018): $4,900 per semester (tuition only)

Full-time Price (Spring 2019): $5,400 per semester (tuition only)

Individual Part-Time Courses

IELTS/TOEFL Practice, 4 hours per week: $1,500

Integrated Academic Writing and Reading, 6 hours per week: $1,500

Integrated Speaking and Listening, 6 hours per week: $1,500

Communicating on Campus, 2 hours per week: $1,500

Academic Study Skills, 2 hours per week: $725

Language Focus Workshops, 2 hours per week: $725

Reading and Discussion, 2 hours per week: $725

Sample Schedule
Campus CommunicationLanguage WorkshopCampus CommunicationLanguage WorkshopCampus Communication
Listening and SpeakingListening and SpeakingListening and SpeakingListening and SpeakingStudy Center
Lunch BreakLunch BreakLunch BreakLunch BreakLunch Break
Academic Study SkillsReading DiscussionAcademic Study SkillsReading DiscussionSocial Activity

How to Apply

Complete the StepUp Application online and pay the application fee of $78 and the nonrefundable deposit of $515 (for full-time) or $250 (for part-time). If you are accepted into the StepUp Program, we will send you a program acceptance letter and directions on obtaining your I-20 and visa.

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