University Preparation Program (UPP)

Designed for students expecting 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 (SSALI).  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 TOEFL waiver for Santa Rosa Junior College.


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Advantages of UPP:

  • Strong academic program and university skills preparation
  • Check out our programs:
  • 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!

Note: Graduate students in UPP will need to pass additional exit test requirements in order to receive a TOEFL waiver for entry to their graduate program.

Example Core Courses

Example Elective Courses

  • TOEFL Preparation
  • 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 54+
  • ITEP Academic 3.2+

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

* The minimum English score to enter at Sonoma State University academic program is a 61 TOEFL or 6.0 IELTS for undergraduate and 80 TOEFL or 6.5 IELTS for graduate. SSU only accepts these English tests for direct entry into a program.