Gearing Up

for University Success


Gearing Up for University Success is an academic communications class that will help students transition to a new academic environment and build essential skills for university success. The courses will include writing for different purposes and vocabulary development. In addition to academic skill development, students will be encouraged to engage in organized social activities, field trips, and excursions designed to build communicative skills. Students will also have the opportunity to learn life skills such as:

  • Shopping
  • Safety tips
  • Housing
  • Banking
  • Seeking appropriate medical help
  • Navigating health care


This program is designed to help students gain the confidence and skills needed to be successful before attending an American university. Sessions offered will help students adjust to a new environment, overcome culture shock, understand the importance of academic integrity and develop the skills critical for academic success.

Sessions will be a mixture of interactive classroom instruction, workshops, lectures by academic faculty members, and field trips in the community. Students will gain skills that are important in the classroom, as well as outside of the classroom. This program will also cover how to navigate life skills in the USA. Examples are: shopping and pricing in a new environment, communicating with landlords, securing your banking information, and understanding community and culture standards.

Ready to Sign Up?

A student with a valid I-20 can arrive 30 days before the official start date of the fall semester, which is August 20, 2018 for most I-20 holders with admission to Missouri S&T. Our program begins July 23, 2018 but you must reserve your seat by July 16th.

Cost for this three-week course is only $1,040, plus additional fees.

  • Materials and activities: $90 (covers most admission fees, some weekend activities may require additional payment)
  • Insurance: $126
  • Testing: $195

The classes will be held at the Applied Language Institute at Missouri S&T.

To find out more details, contact or call +1-573-341-7753.

To register for Gearing Up, click here!