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Arizona State University (ASU)

Global Launch Intensive English Program and ASU-USA Pathways [Tempe, Arizona]


  • Learn English at Arizona State University, the largest public research university in the U.S.
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  • Ranked the most innovative university in the U.S., and the number one public university choice for international students. ( ) ASU offers more than 800 degrees and certificates programs at four unique campuses across the metropolitan Phoenix area, the sixth-largest city in the U.S. ( )
  • ASU’s Intensive English Program is one of the top language programs in the U.S.
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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • About ASU's Intensive English Program
      • Inspiring globally-minded students, educators and leaders to make an impact in the world, Global Launch at ASU has been offering intensive English language instruction for more than 40 years. Global Launch helps students achieve English proficiency, experience American culture, and prepare for academic studies at ASU and in the U.S.

      Intensive English Program Highlights:
      Culturally diverse, serving students from all over the world
      • Highly qualified and multilingual educators
      • Business and Engineering electives offered
      • Conditional admissions and concurrent enrollment allows students to receive well-rounded English language training while preparing for their undergraduate studies
      • High ASU acceptance rate, with the majority of alumni transferring successfully to ASU
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1974
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA
      Enrollment : 400
      Average Class Size : 15
      Airport Pickup : Available on Special Arrival Days
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Lightrail, Bus, Taxi
    • Global Launch
      Arizona State University

      P.O. Box 873504
      Tempe, Arizona  85287-35041  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (480) 965-2376
      FAX: +1 (480) 965-8529
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Students can further their English training and cultural knowledge by taking advantage of on-campus housing or by staying with American host families through our homestay program. A variety of convenient and safe housing options are also available near campus including private student housing and individual apartments. ( )
    • Surrounding Area
    • Arizona State University is located in Tempe, Arizona, a charmingly unique, friendly city home to 160,000 residents. Voted by The New York Times as "One of the 10 best colleges towns in America," Tempe boasts many historic buildings and landmarks, vibrant restaurants, cinemas, boutiques, and street fairs, as well as the Tempe Town Lake. Tempe Town Lake provides a recreational sanctuary for kayaking, sailing, rowing, jogging, skating or picnicking. Phoenix, Arizona’s capital city, is a short drive from downtown Tempe. Phoenix is home to many professional sports organizations including Arizona Cardinals football, Phoenix Suns basketball, Arizona Diamondbacks baseball, and Phoenix Coyotes hockey. Arizona is a distinguished, historically rich southwestern state internationally-recognized for its scenic wonders, most notably the majestic Grand Canyon. With both a desert and mountain landscape, Arizona offers many different recreational activities, including hiking, skiing, horseback riding, camping, rock climbing, kayaking, swimming and fishing. Famous for its beautiful weather, Arizona has a mild and dry climate, fall through spring, with an average of 321 days of sunshine each year. Favorite destinations such as San Diego, Los Angeles and Las Vegas are all within drivable distances.
    • About the College/University
    • Arizona State University is one of the top 100 universities in the world according to Academic Ranking of World Universities. Founded in 1885, Arizona State University (ASU) is a premier research institution and the largest university in the U.S. ASU enrolls more than 90,000 students in 600 undergraduate and graduate degree programs at 4 campuses across the Phoenix-metro area. Bold, forward-thinking action defines life at ASU and the opportunities waiting for international students. More than 150 nations are represented at ASU. ASU regularly dominates competitions for prestigious scholarships such as Fulbright, Udall and Truman awards. Since 1885, only two other universities have had more students selected by USA Today for its ranking of Top 20 undergraduates in the U.S. Outside of the classroom, students have the opportunity to participate in more than 550 student organizations and join volunteer services. Global Launch students receive ASU identification cards and gain full access to university facilities, including the libraries, the Sun Devil Fitness Complex and the Student Health Center. The ASU ID card also provides students with discounts for public transportation and campus events, sports, and entertainment.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • • Conditional Admissions to ASU- Students who qualify for ASU admission may be conditionally admitted while completing their English language requirement at Global Launch. Students who successfully complete the Global Launch program with a B or better are not required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to most ASU undergraduate degree programs.
      o Who is Eligible?
      Students who meet all the academic requirements for their degree of choice
      Students who do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score which meets the minimum English language proficiency requirement for the ASU degree program
      • Concurrent Enrollment - Concurrent enrollment allows non-degree students to take Global Launch classes and ASU academic courses at the same time to learn what it takes to succeed in the U.S. educational system.
      • TOEFL Waiver (Undergraduate, Graduate) - students who successfully complete the Advanced 2 level of English at Global Launch will not be required to provide a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission to most ASU undergraduate and graduate degree programs
      • ASU-USA Pathways –Students can ease into the American academic system by stretching 2 semesters into 3 while earning 25 real, transferrable academic credits (freshman) toward their degree. They will receive academic and English support in Pathways, making them stronger sophomores at ASU or any other U.S. university.
      o Who is Eligible?
      Global Launch English students who complete the Intermediate 2 level with a B+ grade (88%) and earned a high school grade point average of 2.5 (or equivalent).
      Group and Custom Programs
      • Global Launch has expanded capabilities to customize programs for students, educators, professionals, and government groups. Programs are designed to meet tailored objectives and schedules. We can customize our offerings to include other language instruction, custom methods, specialization tracks, hybrid components, or experiential or online learning options depending on group needs.
      • Learn anytime, anywhere with ASU’s professional development courses on Coursera (
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • • Students are required to test into the IEP to determine English reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar levels.
      • Global Launch offers six levels of English, at a total of 8 weeks per level. To maintain Visa, full-time students (21 hours/week) must enroll in 3 core classes and at least one elective per session.
      • Students can choose to enroll in as many or as few sessions over the course of 4 or 8 weeks, dependent on proficiency level and interest.
      • Global Launch offers further English support for students wishing to start their degree program at the end of Intermediate 2 through the ASU-USA Pathways program ( ).
      • Global Launch offers specialization tracks. Students can choose from 25 different elective courses based on individual proficiency and interest, all within the following 4 elective tracks: Business, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), Hospitality, and General Studies
      • Practice English in context through on- and off- campus cultural and communicative activities: Weekly academic success activities such as Conversation Groups, Reading Theatre, Reading Circles, etc. Social and cultural activities such as Ice cream social, Football 101,
      Professional or ASU ASU Sporting Event, Cultural Celebrations, day trip to the Grand Canyon or Sedona
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels (Basic to Advanced)
      COURSE LENGTH: 4,8,16,24 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 15 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: Passport Copy and Financial Guarantee Statement
      VISA INFORMATION: F-1 Student Visa Required (I-20 Form Issued Upon Request)
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      8 WEEKS:
      8/12 - 10/7
      Apply by 7/12
      10/8 - 12/7
      Apply by 9/8

      16 WEEKS:
      8/12 - 12/7
      Apply by 7/12

      24 WEEKS:
      8/12 - 3/1
      Apply by 7/12

      8 WEEKS:
      1/3 - 3/1
      Apply by 12/3
      3/7 - 5/3
      Apply by 2/7

    • Costs
      US$ 125
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      4 WEEKS US$ 2,100
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,800
      16 WEEKS US$ 5,600
      24 WEEKS US$ 8,400
      US$ 180-320 (Homestay ONLY)
      4 WEEKS US$ 560-690 Per Month US$ 635 - 800 US$ 529-1249 Per Month
      8 WEEKS US$ 560-690 Per Month US$ 1,270 - 1,310 US$ 529-1249 Per Month
      16 WEEKS US$ 560-690 Per Month US$ 2,540 - 2,620 US$ 529-1249 Per Month
      24 WEEKS US$ 560-690 Per Month US$ 3,810 - 3,930 US$ 529-1249 Per Month
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged
      Student Insurance
      US$ 109.44 (4 Weeks); US$ 201.78 (8 Weeks)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Global Launch requires a copy of your passport and a financial guarantee statement.
      Off-campus residence fees do not include meals.
      Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
    • ASU - USA Pathways Program (Kaplan)

    • Overview
    • In ASU-USA Pathways, participants ease into the American academic system by stretching 2 semesters into 3 while earning 25 real, transferable credits (freshman) toward selected ASU undergraduate degrees. International students will receive true academic and English support while in the program, making them stronger sophomores at ASU or any other U.S. university. Students have full access to all ASU resources and amenities, offering participants the chance to experience real, American university life.

      - Guaranteed Admission to ASU as a Sophomore (Second Year)* (*Subject to student GPA and specific degree programs) Students who complete the 3-term program with a 3.0 GPA are guaranteed full admission into the 2nd year of a selected Business (W.P. Carey School of Business or Thunderbird School of Global Management) OR Arts and Sciences degree program.
      - Guaranteed On-campus Housing – Students will thrive in a supportive environment and enjoy a rich, cultural experience with maximum exposure to the American student body by living in ASU’s West Campus housing.
      - A New Beginning – Only the GPA earned in ASU-USA Pathways is considered when applying to one of the participating academic degree programs.
      - Class Size – Reduced class size allows students to spend one-on-one time with faculty members, actively participate in class discussions, and develop strong classroom relationships.

      All ASU-USA Pathways academic courses are taught by ASU faculty. Bridge classes are taught by highly qualified Global Launch educators who hold at least a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language or in similarly related fields. Most have overseas teaching experience and speak other languages. Hosted on the West Campus, one of the four major ASU campuses, ASU-USA Pathways students will experience the large university feel with the personal attention of a private school. Living-learning communities provide a supportive, close-knit culture designed to help students succeed. ASU-USA Pathways students live in residence halls on the West Campus. Designed to be a hub for student residential life, Casa de Oro residence facilitates student interaction for an authentic language-learning experience. It contains double occupancy suite-style units, including a social lounge, gaming lounge, study rooms, a community kitchen, laundry facilities, a business center and an interior landscaped courtyard. Casa de Oro is steps away from the new Verde Pavilion Dining facility and Sun Devil Fitness Complex and is walking distance from Las Casas Apartments, where continuing students live. Casa de Oro is also home to students with a wide variety of academic interests pursuing degrees from multiple ASU colleges. The residential restaurants feature full salad bars, deli, grill, homestyle entrees, international entrees, vegetarian and vegan meal options.

      Academic Requirement: High school grade point average of 2.5 or equivalent AND
      ASU Global Launch—Completion of at least the Intermediate 2 Level with a minimum of B+ grades (88%)
      • TOEFL 480 PBT, 157 CBT, 55 IBT or higher on the international TOEFL
      • IELTS 5.5, iTEP Academic-Plus 3.3, TEP 409 or TOEIC 490

      • Pearson Test of English 39 or higher
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 1 Level
      COURSE LENGTH: 16, 32, 48 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma; GPA 2.5+; TOEFL 55+ (iBT), IELTS 5.5
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
      HOUSING: Dormitory and On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2021
      16 WEEKS:
      8/11 - 12/4

      48 WEEKS:
      8/11 - 6/25

    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      16 WEEKS US$ 13,787 - 15,030
      32 WEEKS US$ 27,574 - 30,060
      48 WEEKS US$ 40,627 - 41,870
      16 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,565 - 4,990 N/A
      32 WEEKS N/A US$ 5,130 - 9,980 N/A
      48 WEEKS N/A US$ 7,695 - 14,970 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged
      Health Insurance
      US$ 797.88 (16w); US$ 2,065.43 (32w); US$ 2,065.43 (48w)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.

      • EIKEN: Step-Eiken 2nd grade of at least 75% and result pass
      • Chinese Mainland’s College English Test (CET): Band 4 or a total mark of 450 or above in the new CET-4
      • Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) of “C” or better

      • Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) score of “C” or better
      • Cambridge General Certificate of Education - A Level Placement
  • Location
    • United States Tempe, Arizona
    • Location
      Global Launch
      Arizona State University

      1021 South Palm Walk Tempe, Arizona  85287-3504  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport:
      Global Launch is located at ASU’s Tempe Campus, just a short ten-minute drive from the airport. Students arrange their own transportation from the airport. Shuttle services can be scheduled ahead of arrival, and taxis are available at the airport. For information about transportation options from the airport, visit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.4
      School Environment: 4.5
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.4
      Activities and Social Life: 4.5
      Accommodation: 3.7


    • There are 24 reviews for this school

    • Salih Tuncer
      [ Eskisehir City, Turkey, Male ]
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Gave me a chance to start a new life
      Actually, I had had worries about coming here and starting a new life, but I am so glad I didn’t change my mind because I got my best experiences in just two months. Now, I feel like I am free more than in Turkey. I have friends from all over the world. They brought me new experiences. Some of them have culture clashes, but they taught me their culture. I really love to be in ASU. Arizona State University gave me a chance to start a new life in a place that I don't know. This is what I wish is to be here. Being here is being in all the world.
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      Kieu Truong
      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Female ]
      0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      I have made a lot of friends here
      Honestly, studying in ASU will be the most wonderful memories I shall never forget. I have made a lot of friends here. The teachers are also considerate. They all are amazing, warm-hearted and I really enjoy the time I spent with them. Global launch program is extremely intensive; it’s worth learning because the skills I learned at this program will actually help me with my future career. One thing I know for sure is that I really love being an ASU student!
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      Vi Nguyen
      [ Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam, Age 23, Female ]
      Huge Campus! So Beautiful!
      Great experience everrrrrr! This English program was really helpful. All the staff and teachers here were totally supportive. Besides class time, they provided many activities, such as: Reading theater, reading circle, conversation club which help to enhance your English in the fastest way. They also had some cool outdoor activities: ice-cream social day, movie day, football match, Sedona and Grand Canyon trips. I took tons of pictures with so many new friends. It was so much fun! And you have to come here to see this huge campus. So beautiful! You will love it! This program is worth it for me to fly so far to here.
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      Catherine Jiang
      [ Beijing, China, Age 23, Female ]
      Learn a lot about Arizona Culture and Civilization
      Trust me!!!! This is an awesome intensive English program. I really love it here. They have very lovely teachers and staff help you to solve any problems or questions that you have. The teachers are also very patient and will take the time to listen about your problems. In Global launch, you will not only improve your English, but also to learn a lot about the Arizona culture and civilization. Best place ever!!!
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      Juliana Vendramini
      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Age 24, Female ]
      0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Best Experience of My Life
      The Global Launch program has been the best experience of my life, I came to the U.S. to improve my English. Here I study with people from different countries. What is amazing I’m learning a lot about other cultures, and we have so many activities. Being on campus is awesome, it’s a huge campus with many places to go and I’m loving being here at ASU.
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      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 30, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      If you're looking to experience American culture for a short term study plan then you must sign up for the AECP at ASU. They have the best English learning program on the West coast of the U.S. and I enjoyed the cultural activities off-campus as well. I definitely recommended this school.
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      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 31, Female ]
      52 of 66 people found the following review helpful.
      Arizona State University - AECP
      This is a good place to study English. The teachers are good, and you can make some good friends from other countries.
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      Former Student
      [ Bahia, Brazil, Age 34, Female ]
      21 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
      ASU - AECP is a Very Good School
      I studied during one session at AECP. I had a great time there. The university environment is excellent. You have the opportunity to attend many events. The classes were good. The writing and reading classes are focused intensely on academics. I could notice my improvement in a variety of areas. I particularly enjoyed listening and speaking classes. Activities are included in the price that you pay for the English course. Tempe is a good city to live in. It is safe and full of life. I really miss everything and the good friends that I could make there.
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      [ Taichung, Taiwan, Age 24, Male ]
      74 of 93 people found the following review helpful.
      Nice School
      I like this school!!
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      [ Kaoshiung, Taiwan, Age 26, Male ]
      22 of 26 people found the following review helpful.
      English Class
      ASU provides a wonderful environment for beginners to improve their English. Besides, AECP provides many good outdoor activities for their students and a channel to continue to study at ASU.
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      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Age 18, Male ]

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      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 25, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 高雄, 台灣, Age 33, Female ]
      35 of 38 people found the following review helpful.
      ASU AECP Program
      我在07年8月-08年3月參加ASU AECP(American English & Culture Program)三期的英語課程。選擇她是因為有朋友已在ASU唸書,彼此有個照應,加上AECP風評不錯,都是英語教學領域碩士級以上的師資。參加後,發現跟印象中上課跟玩樂各佔一半的遊學團很不一樣,除了一週至少21小時的正式課程,滿滿的作業練習及測驗,得額外花更多時間複習與準備。另外,正如AECP中的"C:culture"所言,學校安排許多與美國文化接觸的機會,包括讀書會由主任親自帶領我們閱讀與美國精神相關的歷史或人物的文學作品、ASU與AECP學生一對一夥伴計畫,球賽現場觀賞(NBA,MLB,美式足球等),特色節日解說與活動,當地特色景觀介紹與景點參觀等,讓我在全英文的環境裡不僅學習到課本裡的學問,更可以與當地學生老師和居民有直接的接觸,經過七個月的洗禮,不僅提升了英文能力,更重要的是增加了表達英文的自信,這經歷實在難忘也很有收穫。

      [ taipei, taiwan, Age 26, Female ]
      14 of 19 people found the following review helpful.
      ASU 是個好環境
      Arizona是個很好的地方, 空氣好, 天氣好, 交通又方便......
      ASU學校環境好, 設備好, 學生互相都很好.......
      宿舍有多種選擇, 公寓也有多種選擇, ......
      若真的要學英文, 來這真的不錯唷!

      放寒假時, 我去加州, 紐約....等地玩,
      若真要學英文, 我一定不會選加州, 紐約....來AZ真的不錯

      [ seoul, korea, Age 25, Male ]
      5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      결론부터 얘기하면 수업은 8주가 아니고 6주반 입니다. 내용은 좋은데 아무래도 ASU 진학을위한 수업이다보니 회화는 약간 아쉽습니다. 기숙사나 홈스테이는 경험항 바로는 좋고 개인 아파트는 잘 모르겠네요.

      [ 千葉, 日本, Age 23, Female ]
      10 of 12 people found the following review helpful.
      ASU - AECP

      [ 福岡県, 日本, Age 58, Male ]
      26 of 31 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 日本, 日本 ]
      14 of 17 people found the following review helpful.


      [ 東京都, 日本, Age 21, Female ]
      18 of 20 people found the following review helpful.

      [ Taipei, Taiwan ]

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 28, Female ]

      [ 花蓮, 台灣, Age 26, Female ]

      [ 台北, 台灣 ]

      [ 北海道, 日本, Age 39, Female ]
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