University Preparatory Program 2019-04-09T11:22:46+00:00

About the University Preparatory Program (UniPREP)

The UniPREP program is your first step toward completing an American-style post-secondary education at AUV. Comprising a well-designed curriculum, UniPREP combines rigorous study in an Intensive English Program (IEP) with a capstone course designed to put the finishing touches on our students’ preparatory education. Entitled University Success (UNI 100), this one-credit capstone course focuses on the acquisition of soft skills critical for success at AUV.  

  • Qualified with credentials from world-class universities 
  • Passionate about teaching and culturally-sensitive to learner needs 
  • Trained in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Dr. Jeffrey Marcelino Gonzalez Ph.D., Monash University

The director of AUV’s Intensive English Program (IEP), Dr. Jeffrey Marcelino (Marcelo) González holds a Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) from California’s highly-regarded Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS), as well as a PhD in Translation Studies from QS-world-ranked Monash University—a member of Australia’s prestigious Group of Eight (Go8). Entitled Metaphor and Agency in the English-Spanish Translation of Texts in the Social Sciences (2015), his doctoral thesis examines process- and product-oriented issues in scholarly translation. His academic interests include exploring the facilitative effects of creative translation on second language acquisition (SLA).

The Program Overview & Outcomes

Levels of UniPREP Instruction 

  • Beginning 
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

The instructional level depends on the results of an English-language placement test. Students will begin their studies at levels corresponding to results of initial assessments. 

Intensive English Program (IEP): Courses are designed to foster the acquisition of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) in the four essential skills:  

  • Reading 
  • Writing  
  • Listening 
  • Speaking

University Success (UNI 100): The capstone component of the UniPREP program, this one-credit course focuses on the following skills and knowledge necessary for success at AUV and beyond:

  • Study skills and learner strategies 
  • Time management 
  • Research skills and academic referencing 
  • Culturally-based classroom expectations 
  • Digital presentation and public speaking skills

Hours: 25 per week 

Semesters: 2 to 3 (depending on the student’s placement level and classroom performance) 

Expected proficiency level upon completion: B1+ to B2 (CERF)

Eligibility: Evidence of high school graduation or accredited home-schooling program. Completion of the UniPREP placement test i.e. initial assessment

Upon completion of the two components of UniPREP, students will have: 

  • Successfully prepared for admission to AUV or a partner university in the U.S. 
  • Acquired advanced proficiency in English for Academic Purposes 
  • Developed critical thinking and analytical skills 
  • Attained soft skills necessary for college success, including time management, public speaking, and digital presentation skills 
  • Gained an appreciation of culturally-based, American classroom expectations

Apply For UniPREP Now

1. Submit documents in hard or scanned copy (without notarization), including:

  • Application for admission 
  • Official high school diploma 
  • Official high school transcripts 
  • Official college/university transcripts (if any) 
  • English language qualifications, e.g., TOEFL or IELTS scores (if any) 
  • Copies of birth certificate, identification card, or household book 

Admission to UniPREP 

o   Fall Semester: September 

o   Spring Semester: January 

o   Summer Semester: June 


Evidence of high school graduation or accredited home-schooling program  

Completion of the UniPREP placement test, i.e., initial assessment 


For information on program fees and scholarships, please contact our Admission Office.

T: 0236.3967.585