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StepUp Intensive English is a spring, summer or fall program for both conditionally admitted and non-degree seeking students at the high-intermediate to advanced levels of English proficiency.

The StepUp program involves intensive non-credit coursework and/or individual tutoring that provide comprehensive English language and cultural training at high-intermediate to advanced levels of proficiency. Students at lower levels of proficiency are offered tutoring sessions.  Our goal is to help multilingual students develop sufficient of English language proficiency so they can communicate effectively and socialize into U.S. culture successfully.

Successful completion of advanced StepUp courses fulfills the requirements for students awarded Conditional Admissions. Conditionally admitted students must successfully complete one full semester of the StepUp Program. 

Información para hispanohablantes

StepUp Program Dates and Application Deadlines

SessionDatesdeadline for U.S. CItizens and permanent residentsdeadline for foreign nationals requiring a student visa
Spring 2023
Full term: 
February 6 - April 14

First half:
February 6 - March 10

Second half:
March 20 - April 14

StepUp application, fee and deposit due before the first week of classStepUp application, fee, deposit and visa documents due December 2, 2022
Summer 2023
Full term:  
June 19 - August 10

First half:
June 19 - July 14

Second half:
July 17 - August 10

StepUp application, fee and deposit due before the first week of classStepUp application, fee, deposit and visa documents due March 13, 2023
Fall 2023
To Be Announced
StepUp application, fee and deposit due before the first week of classStepUp application, fee, deposit and visa documents due June 1, 2023

StepUp Program Prices

The StepUp program offers flexible scheduling and pricing. Students have the option to study full-time or part-time.

Full-Time StepUp

The full-time program includes the three core courses, one elective and access to learning center, 4.5 days a week.

Full-time fee/Full semester (8-9 weeks): $4,900 ($3,920 for Conditionally Admitted students)

Full-time fee/Halfsemester (4 weeks): $2,450 ($1,960 for Conditionally Admitted students)

Part-Time StepUp

Students can also design their own schedule, with fees based on credit hours. The following fees are based on a seven- to nine-week session.

Course namehours per weekfee
Core courses
  • Academic Writing and Grammar
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Reading and Discussion
6 hours

$1,500 per course  (8-9 weeks)

$750 (4 weeks)

Workshop courses
  • Culture and Conversation
  • Workplace Communication
  • Pronunciation
  • Grammar
  • Academic Study Skills
  • Business English Communication
3 hours

$750 per course  (8-9 weeks)

$375 (4 weeks)

IELTS or TOEFL Practice

6 hours

$1,500  (8-9 weeks)

$750 (4 weeks)

Tutoring

VariableTutoring Pricing

StepUp Sample Schedule

The following is an example of a schedule for full-time StepUp, including the three core courses, one workshop, and additional options. * Please note that these options require an additional fee.

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9:20 am - 10:35 pmAcademic Writing and GrammarAcademic Writing and GrammarAcademic Writing and GrammarAcademic Writing and GrammarOptional tutoring *
10:45 am - 12:00 pmSpeaking and ListeningSpeaking and ListeningSpeaking and ListeningSpeaking and ListeningLearning Center
1:00 pm - 2:30 pmReading and DiscussionReading and DiscussionReading and DiscussionReading and DiscussionOptional social activity *
2:40 pm - 4:10 pmTOEFL class (additional fee)Pronunciation WorkshopTOEFL class *Pronunciation WorkshopFree time

How to Apply

1

Complete the StepUp application and pay the application fee.

You can complete the application online. The non-refundable application fee is $50.

2

Wait for ICAPE's response.

We will send you an acceptance letter and instructions on obtaining your I-20 and visa if you need one.

3

Pay the program deposit.

To reserve your classes, pay the $500 program deposit. You can pay the deposit online.

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Refund policy

The $50 application fee is non-refundable. Refunds for the $500 deposit are only granted in cases of visa denial/delay and other unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances. In these cases, you must provide written notice to ICAPE (email is acceptable) at least 60 days before the program start date to receive a refund. If you have any questions, please contact the ICAPE office.