University Preparation Program

Designed for students with intermediate to advanced English skills that plan to enter a Sonoma State University academic program (or partner US College/University) after completing our intensive English program through the Sonoma State American Language Institute.  

Check out the unique SSALI courses that will enhance your English abilities preparing you to enter a Sonoma State University undergraduate or graduate degree program or obtain a English Proficiency Test waiver for Santa Rosa Junior College.

Advantages of UPP:

  • Strong academic program and university skills preparation
  • Check out our programs:
  • Opportunity for Conditional Admission program (English Proficiency waiver for SSU awarded after successful completion of UPP*)
  • Possible Concurrent Enrollment for qualified students (after attending first semester in UPP)
  • English Proficiency waiver to study at Santa Rosa Junior College
  • Professional, well-educated faculty
  • Class sizes of 8-15 students
  • Service learning and volunteering opportunities
  • Organized social activities with Sonoma State University students
  • Join SSALI for our University Preparation Program and achieve your dream of improving your English skills for academic purposes. We look forward to welcoming you to beautiful Sonoma State University!

Example Core Courses

Example Elective Courses

  • Service Learning
  • Multi-cultural Workshop
  • English Through Media

Accepted English Test Scores

  • TOEFL iBT 50+
  • IELTS 5.0+
  • TOEIC (Listening/Reading) 500+
  • CET-4 (China) 450+
  • EIKEN (Japan) 2000+
  • Duolingo 75+
  • Pearson PTE 38+
  • Cambridge 145+
  • ITEP Academic 3.2+
  • ITEP Snapshot 3.7+


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Special Notes

Students must achieve a score of at least 90% for the program to get the English Proficiency Waiver prior to matriculating to their academic program or entering the Semester at Sonoma program.