International Student FOCUS Program

  • English Proficiency and ESL Support

    At many U.S. universities, students who do not meet minimum TOEFL or IELTS scores must take remedial, non-credit ESL classes. This often means extra time and money to earn a college degree.

    At Dean, we’re more flexible. While we prefer TOEFL scores of 79 and above or IELTS scores of 6.5 or above or Cambridge English scores above 175, we know students sometimes score lower despite having good academic records. When this is the case, students may enroll in Dean’s International Student FOCUS Program where they receive English language support in credit-bearing classes that count towards their Bachelor's or Associate Degree. How? Our unique FOCUS Program embeds ESL skill development - writing, listening, and speaking - into special sections of required college courses just for international students.

    FOCUS is not a conditional admission program. Students are fully admitted to Dean College and are expected to graduate on time. The program also combines cultural orientation, English language development, optional individual tutoring as well as academic classes to give international students a holistic educational experience.

    There are two levels in the FOCUS Program and students are placed in classes according to the TOEFL, IELTS or Cambridge English score submitted for admission. Students with TOEFL iBT of 79 or higher, IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher or Cambridge English above 175 will take first semester courses as outlined by their academic major.

    Focus Program Course & Placement Chart
    FOCUS Table

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