Student Transition to Academic Readiness (STAR) Program

The pre-academic program for newly admitted international studentsClick here to apply for STAR

The ELI’s Student Transition to Academic Readiness (STAR) Program prepares international students for the academic and cultural expectations of a top American research university.

Many international applicants to the University of Delaware have achieved the minimum TOEFL score required for direct admission (rather than conditional admission) to the university’s undergraduate programs; however, these students often need additional support in order to succeed in their courses and to adjust to life on an American university campus. The STAR program was developed in order to meet those needs.


Learn more about STAR:



STAR: The pre-academic program for newly admitted international students.


Program Features

The 7-week International STAR Program was designed in order to prepare international students for the rigors of their academic studies at the University of Delaware–while allowing students to earn credit toward their degree.


Program structure

STAR students participate in:

  • Daily courses to improve their Academic English vocabulary, lectures, reading/writing skills, note-taking, etc.
  • Regular meetings with faculty mentors
  • Workshops for learning and problem-solving strategies
  • Cultural programming and exciting excursions to places like New York City and Washington, DC.

See the schedule below for additional information.


Academic/linguistic skill development

STAR students develop and practice skills necessary for success in an American university, such as:

  • Vocabulary and reading development
  • Summary, reflection, lab report and short paper writing
  • Lecture listening, note taking, and discussion skills
  • Engaging in class and in campus life
  • Reading a variety of textbooks
  • Test-taking skills

In addition, STAR students will:

  • Learn the study skills and classroom engagement strategies successful American students use at the university level
  • Work with a special mentor on their specific academic learning goals
  • Develop time management and organization skills
  • Build teamwork skills to solve problems
  • Identify and use university resources


Additional program features

  • Small classes (10-12 students) with other degree-seeking international students
  • Weekly meals with other STAR students and with a faculty mentor
  • Several tracks of study:
    • Business and Humanities
    • Engineering and Sciences


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Typical Schedule


Course Time Days*
Academic Vocabulary 8:15-9:05 MWF
Academic Lectures and Note-taking 8:15-9:05 TR
Classroom Strategies/Engagement 9:30-10:10 MWF
Learning and Problem Solving Strategies 9:30-10:10 TR
Academic Writing and Reading 10:35-12:35 MTWR
Lunch 12:40-1:30 MTWRF
Academic Learning Partners 2:00– 3:15 TR
Faculty Tutorials 2:00-3:00 M
Sports and Recreation Afternoon W
Cultural Programming Afternoon F
Trips and Excursions All Day S

*M = Monday; T = Tuesday; W = Wednesday;
R = Thursday; F = Friday; S = Saturday

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Program Dates

The next dates for the Edge-ELI program will be June 25—August 14, 2015.



The following is the estimated cost of attendance for the ELI’s STAR Program:

Tuition, cultural program, and advising lunches US$ 4,145
Room and board (see below)* 2,314
Health insurance and health clinic fees 352
Books 175
Airport pick-up 50
Application fee and express mail fee** 135
Special STAR scholarship for Summer 2015! -500
TOTAL US$ 6,671

**Application fee and express mail fee are paid in advance (when the student submits an application for the program).

Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change without notice. Prices are valid until August 15, 2015.

Room and board options:

  • *Room and Board Option# 1 includes: Traditional Homestay (7 breakfasts, 7 dinners, and 2 lunches each week, $ 1,939) and an Off-Campus Meal Plan (5 meals each week, $ 375) – Total: $ 2,314.
  • Other housing options may become available for Summer 2015, including on-campus dormitories and the INNternationationale. Once these options have been finalized, we will post the pricing details here.


The ELI is offering a special scholarship to all students who enroll in the STAR program in Summer 2015!

The ELI is offering a special scholarship to all students who enroll in the STAR program in Summer 2015!


Admissions Information

Application deadline: May 25, 2015.

The application process for the ELI’s STAR Program is easy! Follow these instructions:

  1. Complete the online application (click here to go to the application).
  2. Pay the application fee ($100) and the express mail fee ($35) – a total of US $135.
    Click here to access our secure payment system to pay online with a credit card.
  3. Submit the required documents to us by email at
    • A copy of your acceptance letter from the University of Delaware Office of Admissions
    • A copy of your passport

After we receive the completed documents, we will send a new I-20 form to you within 1-2 business days. You will receive an automatic email message from DHL Express Mail service when the I-20 has been shipped.

If you have any questions about your application process, please contact us at

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Ask a Question about STAR

Thank you for your interest in STAR! We are happy to answer your questions. Please complete the form below. You will receive a response by email within 1-2 business days.


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