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UMass Boston Navitas Global Student Success Program

Intensive English

The university's English (ESL) Program is designed to help you improve your language proficiency before you begin your studies with UMass Boston Navitas GSSP. This full-time course is provided by UMass Boston for students who do not have the required English proficiency test scores to enter directly into the Undergraduate or Graduate International Student Success Program. This integrated program focuses on instruction in university study skills, academic writing, and content-based course work typical of a United States university classroom.

High School


Enter year 2 @ UMass Boston



Year International Students


US$7,214 per semester

* Other mandatory fees apply



Minimum one semester

Semester Start Dates


Spring: January 

Summer: May 

Fall: September 

Course work includes intensive practice in the basic language skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. The learning process is enhanced through assigned readings and exercises, as well as oral presentation and writing projects. Computer lab time is scheduled and you will receive basic instruction in research and creating presentations for academic purposes. Classes take place Monday through Friday between 8.00am and 4.00pm, for a total of 20-24 hours per week. After completion of your Intensive English program with UMass Boston, you will not be required to take the IELTS/TOEFL tests. Students progress into UMass Boston Navitas GSSP based on the portfolio review and the recommendation by the ESL Department. UMass Boston Navitas GSSP students will receive a 5-year I-20 to cover the entire duration of English + degree studies. There is no transfer or re-application process in going from the ESL program to the Undergraduate or Graduate UMass Boston Navitas GSSP. 

Admission requirements

For undergraduate programs, students must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

For graduate programs, students must have a minimum 2.75 GPA

English Language Requirements by program
English language qualification* Undergraduate GSSP: Intensive full-time English Program Graduate Intensive full-time English Program (GESL) ***



5.0 IELTS for Computer Science and Applied Physics;
5.5 IELTS for MBA, IT, Finance, Accounting, Business Analytics, International Relations, and Conflict Resolution



59 for Computer Science and Applied Physics;
75 for International Relations and Conflict Resolution; 79 for the College of Management

Versant **

38 - 45

iTEP 3.1 N/A

* English test results must be no more than two years old for entry to the Navitas GSSP.

** Students cannot retake the test earlier than 4 weeks after the previous test.

*** Applicants can be exempt from submission of an English proficiency test for an undergraduate degree program if they completed at least one year of school where the language of instruction is English or completed school with an American, Canadian, or British International curriculum.

****Pearson Versant and iTEP are not accepted for Graduate applicants. Graduate applicants can be exempt from submission of an English proficiency test if they completed at least 4 years of education (including their undergraduate program) in in the United States, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Canada (except Quebec), Dominica, Grenada, Grand Cayman, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, New Zealand, Trinidad/Tobago, Singapore, or the United Kingdom. The requirement may also be waived if the applicant has completed at least two (2) academic years of study, full-time, at an English-speaking college or university in the U.S.

Disclaimer: This information may be subject to change without notice or at the discretion of UMass Boston GSSP or Navitas Pty Ltd.

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