Academic Preparatory Program

Academic Preparatory Program

The University of New Haven’s Academic Preparatory Program (APP) is the first and only such program in the New Haven area that uses a content and language learning approach to teach English as a second language.

In the Academic Preparatory Program, students gain knowledge and an understanding of a subject matter while simultaneously learning and using English. The APP helps provide all students – regardless of their major – with the necessary academic skills to understand and communicate effectively in English and to perform exceptionally well in classes in their major.

Studying in the Academic Preparatory Program also gives you full access to all campus resources and programs.

Students can:

  • Stop by the Peterson Library to read a book while enjoying a hot, fresh cappuccino.
  • Participate in a game of squash, lift weights or play basketball in our state-of-the-art Beckerman Recreation Center.
  • Chat with one of our international mentors or participate in a speaking exchange with a domestic student during our conversation club, where you can ask questions about your major and more.
  • Live in one of our new residence halls or apartments, both on and off-campus.

Students can also immerse themselves in the community. At the University of New Haven, you are only a short distance from some of the areas nicest beaches. If the beach is not your preference, you can enjoy the sights and sounds of the City of New Haven, a leading cultural center.  The city is home to museums and hosts a variety of concerts and live shows. Many of the activities that take place across the city are free. Got a taste for some international food, world-class shopping, or just a day or two of sightseeing? New York City is just an hour south by car or train. If you prefer, Boston is two hours to the north and offers many historical sites, prestigious academic institutions, and seafood to rival any port in the world.

Come to the University of New Haven’s Academic Preparatory Program! Your success starts here.

Kei Lutalo
Director, Academic Preparatory Program
College of Arts and Sciences

Program Highlights

    • Both Undergraduate and Graduate Conditional Acceptance to the University of New Haven
    • Discipline-specific English for Academic Purposes instruction for all majors in the Arts and Sciences
    • English for Academic Purposes designed specifically for Majors In:
      • Business
      • Criminal Justice
      • Cyber Security
      • Engineering
      • Fire Science
      • Emergency Management
      • Other custom academic programs are also available
    • Study skills courses
    • IELTS Test Preparation, including mock IELTS exams
    • Afternoon intensive tutoring in students' major and in technical writing
    • Extensive academic advisement, including advising from a faculty mentor
    • Progress tracking and benchmarking
    • Additional support in adjusting to American culture, including activities with a university student mentor who has experienced success at the university level

English Proficiency

No official IELTS or TOEFL score is required for the University of New Haven Academic Preparatory Program. You can complete the Focal Skills Placement Test instead. The program can take 4, 8, or 12 months to complete, depending on the student’s incoming English proficiency level.

Daily Schedule

Check out this Daily Schedule to get an idea of what to expect when you enroll in this program.

Campus Life

Residence Halls

The Office of Residential Life knows that an integral part of any college students experience is in their time living on campus and benefiting from all campus has to offer.



What Does It Cost?

All prices are in US dollars. Prices are subject to change.

Undergraduate and Graduate Tuition and Fees, General Student Fees, Health Insurance, and Living Expenses are for one academic semester. Undergraduate housing costs listed are for on-campus residences. All APP students have the option of living on-campus, or off-campus at their own expense.

Costs Per Semester

Fees Undergraduate Graduate
Tuition and Fees $9,550 $9,550
General Student Fees $730 $100
Health Insurance $675 $675
Living Expenses (estimated) $7,515 $6,000
Total $18,453 $16,308

What Students Are Saying

Yi Wei ’18 M.S. Shanghai, China Industrial Engineering

“The Academic Preparatory Program has helped me develop the skills to attend the University of New Haven as a full-time graduate student in industrial engineering. This wonderful program has helped me to learn how to efficiently communicate with professors, expand my vocabulary and deeply understand how the words are used, improve my academic writing skills, learn and practice how to complete academic papers with APA format, and feel confident and learn how to quickly adapt to living in the USA and studying at the University of New Haven”.

Man Jin ’18 MBA China

“The Academic Preparatory Program has helped me to advance my English level in reading, listening, speaking, and writing. The APP taught me a lot of academic skills, such as the APA style for academic papers, how to write academic papers, and how to do academic presentations”.

Yantong Zhang ’18 MBA  China

"The University of New Haven's Academic Preparatory Program has helped me to strengthen my English abilities. We trained using English in formal conversation, using academic vocabulary, and mastering writing. I have greatly improved my English."

Classes Begin


Spring: January 17, 2018

Summer: July 5, 2018

Fall: August 28, 2017

Contact Us

Kei Lutalo
Director, Academic Preparatory Program
College of Arts and Sciences

(203) 932-1155

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