From Arizona State University Global Launch

English Proficiency for Graduate Studies Certificate

Achieve graduate level academic success and earn a certificate of English proficiency as you advance your writing, research, presentation, and critical thinking skills at the #1 public university chosen by international students.

Earn a powerful university-issued career credential of English proficiency at the C1 CEFR level in as little as two months.

English Proficiency at the Graduate Level

Students who complete this program will earn a certificate proving their proficiency in English at the graduate academic level. This certificate is officially recognized by Arizona State University* and serves as an online alternative to standardized testing for international students who are seeking admission.

About this Certificate

Advance and prove your English proficiency in academic writing, research, presentation, and critical thinking.

Skills you will gain

  • Advanced English proficiency
  • Academic writing
  • Academic research
  • Collaboration
  • Academic presentation
  • Synthesize information
  • Critical thinking
  • Course Mode

    100% online courses

  • Course Fee

    Two payments of $749.50

    Or pay all at once and save 5%

  • Duration

    2 months to complete

  • Course Level

    Intermediate Level

    To successfully complete this program, you should begin the course with a high-intermediate (CEFR B-2) level of proficiency in the English language.

  • Projects

    8 real-world projects

  • Course Language


    Contact a program advisor at

  • Course Benefits

    Advanced English proficiency

    Complete this program and earn a certificate that proves proficiency for graduate degree study at ASU.

Interactive Learning Experience

You'll learn through readings, videos, graded assignments, real-world applied projects, and live global classroom sessions.

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Feedback from Instructors and Experts

Live Global Webinars

Live Global Webinars

Real-World Projects

Real-World Projects

2 Courses in this Online Certificate


  • Pre-recorded videos
  • Live sessions and office hours
  • Real-world projects
  • Peer collaboration
  • Web and mobile access

Learning Research Skills

Write multi-paragraph academic essays and deliver a collaborative academic presentation. Learn how to express your viewpoint and accurately support it with credible sources. Engage in each step of the academic writing process including the selection and evaluation of credible sources, paraphrasing and summarizing academic texts, synthesizing multiple sources in support of your viewpoint, and creating a reference page.

Start October 11, 20216-8 hours
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Industry-relevant hands-on projects to build your portfolio

Selecting Credible Sources

1.5 hours to complete


  • How to synthesize learned information and previous knowledge to develop a personal viewpoint related to technology and medicine
  • How to select credible sources of information to integrate into your own writing in support of your viewpoint

You will receive detailed feedback on your writing from your instructor on this project.

Citing Sources

5 hours to complete


  • How to express and support your ideas in a written or spoken discussion on aspects of academic customs.
  • How to cite outside sources within your writing and presentation to support your viewpoint.

You will receive detailed feedback on your writing and speaking skills from your instructor on both parts of this project.


1.5 hours to complete


  • How to paraphrase others' ideas and incorporate those paraphrases into your writing.

You will receive detailed feedback on your writing and paraphrasing skills from your instructor on this project.

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Hear what ASU faculty are saying

Ellen Manos - Instructor, Arizona State University
"94 students seeking ASU graduate admission have taken the course since March 2019. After successfully completing the course, students report having more confidence in their English and participate more confidently in their degree program classes. Because they have learned essential academic skills and about engaging effectively in academic culture, they have better writing and research skills and earn better grades in their coursework. The students appreciate that while the course is rigorous, it does not create the same level of stress that a single high-stakes exam does. They feel they are able to demonstrate competence in all of their language skills that might not otherwise be demonstrated through a test score. Students enjoy the personalized nature of this course and are excited to learn from one another. They appreciate the different aspects of live instruction and instructor interaction. This course would be an excellent way for all international students to polish their English and academic skills so that they can better succeed in their degree program."...

Hear what students are saying

Andrea Agnese - Student, English Proficiency for Graduate Studies Certificate
"I found this course very well organized since it helps you to improve your skills in so many important fields. Mastering some techniques, like citing sources, paraphrasing, or summarizing is so important, not only to attend university courses but also to boost a professional career. Both courses deal with interesting and trendy topics, like environment, sustainable energies, linguistics, or language minorities, so that they cover scientific and humanistic subjects. Besides, they have let me strengthen my vocabulary, avoiding any boring list of words to memorize mechanically. Every particular word is provided with a precise definition and you may do many kinds of exercises to learn them. I also appreciated a lot the online seminars with my instructor, since they were a chance to compare the course and my progress until that moment. My instructor was very caring and always accessible via email, and Coursera's organization was excellent. I am so grateful to ASU for providing a course that gives so many opportunities to international students"....
Tarek Mouayd Azem - Student, English Proficiency for Graduate Studies Certificate
"Working towards proficiency in the English language to reach the desired goal of getting a master degree is what this fast-paced program is all about! The program is very well designed and prepares you to directly continue your academic career without the hassle and time consumption of completing The TOEFL or IELTS. The instructor was very kind and helpful. With hard work I received an A-. Thanks to ASU for providing a program that gives international students what they are really searching for. Thanks to the faculty members who designed this rich, informative program."...
Lily L. - Student, English Proficiency for Graduate Studies Certificate
Skills like presenting and summarizing key points are rarely getting enough feedback and attention in other online courses. Since we have a small class size, students are engaging and are able to put great effort in polishing their skill sets. I would like to praise the professionalism and dedication of my instructor in this program because she really pushes us hard to practice essential skills for academic success in a good way....


Ellen Manos

Ellen Manos

Senior International Educator and Curriculum Developer

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