Courses for International Students
The following classes are available to incoming international students; placement in these classes will be determined by one or more placement tests.
English 125 – English for Academic Purposes I (0.5 units)
English 125 is attended only by interntational students.
In this class students review elements of grammar, develop reading comprehension strategies, and begin to explore the academic writing process. The class culminates with a research-based essay and assignment that requires students to utilize all of the skills they have gained during the semester.
In their Own Words: What former students say about English 125:
"This class is not hard and it helps you to improve your reading and writing. You can ask whatever you want, even some simple words. I found Chinese teachers taught me some wrong grammar; in this class we learned grammar and how to write papers. Also, we practiced reading and MLA (MLA is very useful)."
– Shuwen, Albion Class of 2014
English 127 – English for Academic Purposes II (0.5 units)
English 127 is attended only by international students.
In this class, students advance to a more demanding slate of reading and writing tasks. During the semester each student will read and respond to two novels, and each student will write two multidraft essays. The focus of this class is on preparing students for subsequent literature and compostition based on classes at Albion College.
In their Own Words: What former students say about English 127:
"Last semester I had taken English 127 and I improved my English skill, so English 127 was a good choice to keep improving my English. I can feel a big improvement in my English."
– Jacky, Albion Class of 2013
"English 127 provides training on more skills than I thought. I didn't anticipate difficulties in reading and writing before the semester started, but this class did help a lot. I had more chances to practice oral English and writing became much easier.
"Don't expect this class to be easy or relaxing, although you'll feel free in class. Seize every chance in class to speak; it is something that you must practice to be perfect."
– Bian, Albion Class of 2014
"English 127 developed our ability of writing and trained us to be not nervous and to be able to give a speech. For the class you won't mess up if you do things step by step. I learned that no one speaks good English when they are born, which means learning English is about practice, practice and practice, and learning attitiude is important for people."
English 100 – Writing Essentials (1 unit)
An introduction to the basics of college writing, with special attention to word and sentence fundamentals. Emphasizes generating ideas for writing, imagining words that match ideas, and learning/practicing writing (and revising) grammatically and structurally sound papers, in a variety of styles and genres. Must be taken for a numerical grade.
More information may be found at http://www.albion.edu/english/courses.
English Language Support
Albion College is committed to providing international students with superior English language suport to help ease the transition to academic life in the United States.
The transition from learning English part-time to studying entirely in English is oftern a difficult one. Despite having studied English for six years or more, it is common for new students at American colleges and universities to report that professors talk too fast, that the amount of reading is too great, and/or that writing assignments are more demanding than expected. Part of this is due to the gradual adjustment that takes place in the first semester; another part is adjusting to the cultural expectations of American professors.
At Albion College, all first-year international students are placed in the appropriate level of class to help them navigate the transition to the rigorous expectations of an American liberal arts curriculum. Below and on the following page, you will find information about the classes offered.
In addition to transitional classes, Albion College offers a wide variety of supplemental support mechanisms to help all students succeed in their academic efforts. Below you will find information regarding additional support for students at Albion College.
We look forward to meeting you and to helping you succeed at Albion College!
Courses for International Students
English 125 – English for Academic Purposes I
English 127 – English for Academic Purposes II
English 100 – Writing Essentials
English 101 – English Composition
Additional Resources for International Students
Academic Skills Center
Contact ESL Coordinator Chris Stokdyk
Budapest Semester in Mathematics-Budapest, Hungary
A Program in English for American and Canadian Undergraduates(Hungary)
Subjects: Spend part of your junior or senior year in Budapest. Learn mathematics from leading Hungarian scholars--in English.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing.3.0 GPA
Fall Semester ---- February
Spring Semester ----September
Costs: . Additional expenses include transportation to the program, books, local travel and personal expenses.
Faculty Advisor: Mark Bollman, Math Faculty, email:
Comments: Hungary has a long tradition of excellence in mathematics education. However, because of the language barrier, students have not been able to take advantage of the skill and dedication of the mathematics faculties of Hungarian universities.
Initiated by Paul Erdos, Laszlo Lovasz, and Vera T. Sos, the program Budapest Semesters in Mathematics provides a unique opportunity for North American undergraduates. Through this program, mathematics and computer science majors in their junior/senior years may spend one or two semesters in Budapest and study under the tutelage of eminent Hungarian scholar-teachers. The instructors of Budapest Semesters in Mathematics are members of Eotvos University and the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, the two institutions known for having educated more than half of Hungary's highly acclaimed mathematicians. Most instructors have had teaching experience in North America and are familiar with the cultural differences.
- All courses are taught in English.
- Classes are small.
- Credits are transferable to North American colleges and universities.
- The school is near the center of historic Budapest.
- Living costs are modest.
Semesters start in the first week of September and February. An optional intensive language course is offered about two weeks before regular classes begin. Early applications are encouraged. Qualified applicants will be accepted to participate in the program on a rolling basis once their applications are complete.
For more information: www.stolaf.edu/depts/math/budapest
University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Scotland
Subjects: Full curriculum. (the latest edition of the Aberdeen Catalogue of Courses is available on the web at www.abdn.ac.uk/registry/courses/)
Prerequisites: 3.0 GPA; junior-level standing; demonstrated maturity.
Length: Semester or Academic Year
Full-year students follow the Aberdeen academic-year calendar for vacations and exams. CREDIT: 8.0 units per year--determined by program director's recommendation. One semester of study is possible; please check the credit value of courses you are taking so that your credit adds up to a minimum of 3 units.
Faculty: Regular University of Aberdeen faculty.
Housing: University housing.
Costs not covered by Albion: Round trip airfare to Aberdeen. The program fee does not include board; that cost varies according to whether you eat hall food or cook for yourself. In addition students will need money for books, weekday lunches, laundry, entertainment, and two long vacations during the school year: 3 weeks at Christmas and 3 weeks during spring.
Faculty Advisor: Bille Wickre, Bobbitt Visual Arts
Comments: Founded in 1495, the university has a student body of about 5,000. A full curriculum is offered, and includes especially strong offerings in the physical sciences as well as the humanities and social sciences. Fall semester will go beyond Christmas break and end two weeks into January. To attend Fall semester, students can sit for exams/do additional work before the winter break begins on December 21 in order to return to Albion for the start of Spring semester. The only problem with one semester stays at Aberdeen is that the psychology offerings to majors (the 3000 level psychology courses) are still closed to second semester entry.
For more information: www.abdn.ac.uk/