The CampusPrep Program, offered in partnership with the Academy at Harvard Square, is a special program designed to effectively prepare students from East Asian countries for undergraduate or graduate study at the University of Massachusetts Boston.

It aims to provide a path of personal and social development in an academic setting for international students of demonstrated high potential but who otherwise may be unready and underprepared for admission to a full time degree program.

In their first semesters, students work on the academic skills and English language proficiency that are necessary prerequisites for undergraduate admission. Participants will improve cultural literacy, engage in community service, and strengthen positive attitudes to maximize their chances of success in pursuit of an academic degree. Those who make significant early progress will be eligible, prior to their full degree matriculation, to take some credit coursework that will count toward degree completion.

Enrollment options

  1. Students can apply for a one-year enrollment plan and then apply anytime thereafter for degree program admission.
  2. Students with stronger academic backgrounds may apply immediately for a five-year plan that includes one year of preparatory study followed by four years of degree program study.

Class meetings

  • Regular classes Monday through Friday for a total of 21 – 24 hours per week
  • Special study sessions They will be scheduled during inter-semester breaks.

Participants are initially placed in classes appropriate to their level of proficiency after initial assessment and orientation sessions.