This Specialization is a high-level academic skills course designed to increase your level of academic preparedness prior to commencement of your studies in an English-medium university. The course equips you for full participation and engagement with your studies by building awareness and understanding of the core values and expectations of academic culture.
What is the refund policy?
Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Can I take the course for free?
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
This Specialization is made up of five course. Each course is designed to take 6 weeks to complete.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No prior experience is required, however, it would be helpful to you if you have a basic awareness of academic conventions.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
The course is designed to be taken in any order, however, we recommend you follow the order given here.
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
After taking this specialization, you will be able to:
1) Use multimodal forms of communication (written, spoken, visual) in English to a high level of proficiency across a variety of situations and for different academic purposes.
2) Use technology to research, collect, evaluate, select, process and communicate information in order to use it for study purposes.
3) Use critical thinking and problem solving skills to make reasoned judgements, present credible arguments, identify gaps in knowledge, evaluate beliefs and clearly articulate results of inquiry.
4) Develop, implement, and communicate innovative and creative ideas effectively and in forms that have impact on real-world contexts.
5) Present a portfolio of work produced throughout the specialization to showcase and demonstrate their academic skills.
6) Demonstrate an understanding of academic conventions and academic integrity.