General English

The academic and English skills you need for success

Designed for students of all levels of English who want to develop communication skills and learn about American culture.

The General English program consists of 4-week sessions designed for students of all levels of English who want to develop English language skills for many social and professional situations while learning about American culture. 

Program highlights include:

  • Classes at all levels from beginner to advanced
  • An emphasis on real-world communication
  • Class projects that help build communication skills and cultural understanding
  • Outside class activities to support learning
  • Extra one-on-one help through the INTO USF Tutoring Center

This program does not include academic study courses. If you are planning to enroll in classes at the University of South Florida, please apply to a Pathway Program or the Academic English program. Successful completion of General English does not meet any language requirement for admission to the University.

What will I study?

The aim of the program is to provide high quality English instruction, helping you develop all aspects of your English ability. As a part of the program, you will develop skills and confidence in:

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Pronunciation
  • Social English
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • American culture
  • Discussion
  • Presentation skills

Program Structure

  • All levels of instruction from beginner to advanced
  • Small class sizes
  • 18 hours of classes per week with regular homework assignments
  • 3-7 hours of interest groups per week where you can learn about a variety of topics with USF students

Typical Electives

  • Business English
  • Idioms and Pronunciation
  • American Humor
  • Florida Culture
  • Current Events

General English

How do I qualify?

English requirements:

Students entering the program should have enough knowledge of basic English to participate in class activities and to communicate using simple words and phrases. Students will be assessed and placed upon arrival.


17 years and above


General English

When can I start?

2016-17 Dates 

Start Dates End Dates 
September 29, 2016 October 14, 2016
October 17, 2016 November 11, 2016
November 14, 2016 December 9, 2016

Note: General English courses will no longer be offered after January 1, 2017


2016-17 Tuition

Session Cost
4 weeks $495 per week or $1,980 total
8 weeks $495 per week or $3,960 total
12 weeks $465 per week or $5,580 total
16 weeks $465 per week or $7,440 total
20 weeks $465 per week or $9,300 total
24 weeks $440 per week or $10,560 total

General English

What are my options after completing General English?  

General English students may transfer to INTO USF's Academic English program for further development of language skills for study at USF.

How will the General English program prepare me for success? 

After taking courses in the General English program, students will be able to:

  • Use skills and strategies for real-world communication
  • Interact with English speakers
  • Better understand American culture
  • Communicate ideas and opinions on various topics
  • Understand content from listening passages
  • Correspond in writing for professional, personal and academic purposes
  • Apply English grammar knowledge in both speaking and writing
  • Comprehend idioms used in conversation and in the media
  • Demonstrate improved pronunciation
  • Read and improve comprehension of texts of various length and complexity
  • Transfer to Academic English for further study at USF
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