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Global Foundations Program

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The Global Foundations pathway program allows students to gain additional experience with Academic English while earning credit toward their desire undergraduate or graduate degree program.

All students in the program will take Integrated Skills in Academic English (ISAE), a class designed to bring all language skill areas together and simulate the academic experience in a typical American classroom. This class will be paired with a course in the SDSU curriculum –that will provide students a pathway to apply their experiences in the ISAE class to assignments in a class that will earn them academic credit toward their degree program.

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  • Pathway to nationally recognized programs at an affordable price
  • Connect with your intended program before you begin
  • Learn about support services designed for all students' success
  • Students with a TOEFL score of 52 or an IELTS score of 5.0 (or equivalents in other testing programs) may be considered for admission to the Global Foundations Program.
  • Students will also need to meet all additional requirements for undergraduate admission to SDSU to participate in the Global Foundations Program.
  • Upon completion of the program, students will be guaranteed admission into one of our undergraduate admission programs.
  • Students who do not meet the minimum English Proficiency Requirements (or who do not have scores) are eligible to enroll in intensive English courses only.
  • Students who earn a B grade or higher in the Global foundations ISAE class and academic course work will gain full admission to SDSU for degree students. Students will not need to re-take a standardized test of English language proficiency to progress to degree study.
  • By enrolling in the Global Foundations Program, students will set themselves up for academic success on the SDSU campus and in the university at large!
  • The Global Foundations Program will be available in August, January, and May each academic year. Students who complete ELCI Level 2 programming will be eligible to join the program, and ELCI will review each applicant’s materials holistically (including an online interview) to determine acceptance into the program.
YELLOW - First GF Semester BLUE - Second GF Semester 
Course TitleCreditsCourse TitleCredits
ENGL 003 - Grammar Review and Intermediate Composition (First half of semester)3ENGL 039 - English as a Second Language: Workshop2
ENGL 013 - Advanced Composition (Second half of semester)3ENGL 101 - Composition 1 (SGR #1) 3
ESL 190 - Communication Workshop3CMST 101 - Fundamentals of Speech (SGR #2)3
ACS 119 - First-Year Seminar, Part 11ACS 119 - First-Year Seminar, Part II1
XXX 119 - First-Year Seminar in major field of study1-2XXX XXX - degree-related course (Chosen from approved list)3-4
XXX XXX - degree-related course (chosen from approved list)3XXX XXX - degree-related course (chosen from approved list)3-4

Academic Year 2021-2022 Offerings

The Global Foundations Program is a rigorous course of English language study that replaces that advanced level of ELCI, allowing students to earn credits while building foundations in English. Students must meet admission requirements for advanced levels.

No language proficiency scores are required for ELCI admission. For students without English Proficiency scores, an assessment will be done upon arrival. The following are the general guidelines or recommendations for pre-admission to a specific level:

  • Level 1: TOEFL up to 44 and 4.0 IELTS recommended 
  • Level 2: TOEFL of 52 and 5.0 on IELTS equivalent

Qualified undergrad applicants will receive conditional admissions to SDSU upon completing the Global Foundations. Grad applicants will prepare for standardized English proficiency exam to meet the language requirements for their specific program.

Fall 2021

Spring 2022

  • International Student Orientation on campus:  information will be available by November 2021
  • Courses begin Jan. 10, 2022

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