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StepUp Intensive English is a spring, 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.

Conditional Admissions

At Lehigh University some graduate programs will offer conditional admissions to those students who do not have the required English language test scores. These students usually apply to their intended Lehigh University program before considering StepUp programming. However, other students might consider StepUp programming first in order to improve their English language test scores and work on their Lehigh applications with the help of ICAPE staff.

If you receive Conditional Admissions to Lehigh University, you must complete StepUp Application and submit the $515 deposit by the StepUp deadline each semester (i.e., two months or 60 days before the start of ICAPE programming). Payments may be submitted using our secure online marketplace. Also, if you want to submit updated English test scores, the official scores reports must be received by that 60 day deadline as well. If you have any questions about the conditions in your letter, please contact your graduate department or the ICAPE office ( 

Schedule and Pricing

Fall 2019: September 4th to November 15th (application deadline for I-20, if needed: July 5th)

Spring 2020: February 5th to April 3rd (application deadline for I-20, if needed: December 9th)

Full-time Price: $4,900 per semester (for coursework, includes a non-refundable $515 deposit) plus a  non-refundable $78 registration fee

*We also offer additional two-week StepUp Bootcamp English programming ($800) as an optional add-on in between StepUp sessions for students who need to extend their intensive English language training. 

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. 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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