GW Pre-College Program for Ameson Programs

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GW invites students from the Ameson Program to apply to the Pre-College Program. GW is the largest institution of higher education in Washington, D.C., enrolling 25,000 students from across the country and the world. The hallmark of a GW education is knowledge in action. As a leader in global education, our programs prepare our students to take an active role solving world problems through programs that promote leadership and citizenship through internationalized curricula, civic engagement, service learning and research.

Academic Programs for Credit

Students will have the opportunity to enroll in two college-level courses, earning 6-7 undergraduate credits. Depending on English language proficiency, course options will include two English For Academic Purposes (EAP) courses (U.S. University Prep Program), one EAP course and one course of choice, two courses of choice or a 3-week program.

Language Placement

  • Students with English test scores of TOEFL 80+, IELTS 6.0 or AST 110 will be placed in the U.S. University Prep Program (2 EAP courses).
  • Students with English test scores of TOEFL 90+, IELTS 7.0 or AST 120 will be placed in 1 EAP course + 1 course of choice.
  • Students with TOEFL 100+ will be placed in 2 courses of choice.

College Success Series

Students will participate in co-curricular programs that prepare them for university study in the U.S. The College Success Series include sessions and workshops on U.S. higher education, the admissions process, college selection strategies, essay and interviewing tips, majors and careers, university resources and the student experience. Students will also have the opportunity to visit area universities.

Campus Life

Students will reside at our beautiful Mount Vernon Campus, along with other students in the Pre-College Program. Students reside in a supervised and safe environment, with round-the-clock staffing support. GW’s campus is safe and staffed by the GW Police Department, which routinely patrols the campus and residence halls. Students will have access to university facilities, libraries, fitness centers, computer labs and student health services.

American Culture Programs

Students will also have opportunities to participate in recreational and cultural activities which introduce them to American culture and prepare them for study in the U.S. Activities include exploration of the historic and cultural sites of Washington, D.C. such as the White House, U.S. Capitol, Smithsonian Museums, National Gallery of Art, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, national monuments and several international organizations and embassies. Students will also enjoy weekend excursions to nearby historic locations such as Annapolis or Philadelphia.

Course Options

For more information on days and times, please see GW's schedule of classes (these times and days are subject to change). The classes below are the only selections approved for the Ameson program.

EAP 1010: Academic Communication (3 credits)

In this English for Academic Purposes (EAP) course, international students develop critical academic skills as they relate to oral communication. A diverse set of classroom activities and assignments will help students understand the U.S. classroom culture, assess different communicative contexts, develop tools and strategies for oral communication, gain control over language structures and upgrade fluency and confidence in spoken English.

EAP 1010 will focus on traditional academic skills such as listening and note taking, class discussions and presentations but will also develop students’ multiliteracy through varied activities that incorporate intercultural, multimedia and visual communication.

EAP 1015: American Multicultural Perspectives: Washington, D.C. (3 credits)

This EAP course is a writing-intensive course for international students, designed to represent the pedagogy of the American university academic experience through critical reading, inquiry and discussion.

The course has a unified theme that allows students to examine Washington, D.C.’s rich history and culture through both academic readings and opportunities to tap into the real resources of the city. There is an additional emphasis on the particular language needs of international students and the development of the independent, critical thinking (and articulation) skills necessary to succeed in a university setting.

Additional Courses (3-4 credits)

Pre-College students can engage in challenging undergraduate level courses.

Course choices are available in the arts, business, communications, government and politics, history and humanities and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math).

Students with more limited English skills are encouraged to enroll in a math- or science-based course.

Students will be advised on appropriate course placements once they have been admitted to the program.

Students will be able to choose from 3-week (scholarship programs excluded) and 6-week options.

U.S. University Prep

Canceled for 2017.

U.S. University Prep is a 4-week (6 credit) program specially designed for international high schools students who wish to pursue university-level study in the United States. The program is open to students ages 15-18 (including students who may be considering a gap year after high school). It is also intended for students for whom English is a second language and who have intermediate to advanced levels of English proficiency.

Program Courses & Objectives

Participants will enroll in two undergraduate level English for Academic Purposes courses in writing and communications. Courses will develop critical skills necessary for academic success in the U.S. classroom such as reading, writing and oral presentations. Students will also increase fluency and confidence in spoken English as they hone skills of critical inquiry and intercultural literacy necessary for success in college. Topics will focus on American culture and the university experience.

Participants will also enroll in the College Success Series, programs that introduce students to U.S. higher education. Students will have the opportunity to learn about different types of higher education options, admission requirements and strategies, majors and career advising and the student and university experience.

Apply to the Program


This program is open to students in the equivalent of U.S. grades 10 and 11. Applicants will demonstrate appropriate academic credentials for enrollment in undergraduate level courses, including advanced coursework in core subjects such as mathematics, science, English, foreign language and the humanities. Grades earned will be at a minimum of B+ level or higher.

English Language Requirement

Applicants must demonstrate proficiency to undertake rigorous academic coursework in English. The Pre-College Program requires proof of language proficiency on any of the following tests:

  • TOEFL: minimum of 80 (Internet based) or 550 (paper based)

  • IELTS: overall band score of 6.0 and no individual band score below 5.0

  • Ameson Scholastic Test: minimum score of 110

How to Apply

Students should coordinate with Ameson and submit their application using our online application system. Once admitted, students will need to submit a completed enrollment packet (PDF). All billing will be handled through Ameson.


GW costs include tuition, programs, housing and dining.  Please plan for additional out-of-pocket costs as noted.
Ameson fees cover consulting services, program selction, enrollment, visa application, overseas guidelines, alumni activities, study plan for further education, local transportation and Ameson emergency assistance and support in the U.S. Please contact Ameson for overall costs.

Download Program Description

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Representative Offices in Nanjing
Ameson Education & Culture Exchange Foundation
4F, Education Science Research Building,
77W, Beijing Road, Nanjing, China, 210013

Skype Chat Hours

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GW reserves the right to make final course selections based on qualifications. Grades earned establish an official academic record at GW and may be transferable, depending on the policies of the receiving institution.