English for Graduate Studies



This program is for you if:

  • You want to study at Masters level in the USA but need to improve your English and study skills

It delivers an individual approach to learning and skills development through small, focused classes and regular tutorials delivered by academic English and TOEFL specialists.

You will develop the following core skills:

  • Academic writing
  • Academic reading
  • Presentations and seminar skills
  • Listening and academic discourse

The program is composed of 5 blocks: English for Academic Study, Academic Study Skills, Test preparation, the Profile Builder and the Premium Placement service.

Course content and structure

1 - English for Academic Study

This is a specialist course designed to prepare you for the intellectual and linguistic demands of degree-level study in the USA.

Course Structure

The program can be studied over 1, 2 or 3 terms, depending on your language level when you start and your rate of progress. The course is highly intensive. Each term provides 280 hours of tuition. You will have an average of 25 to 28 hours of lessons each week, plus 12 – 15 hours of private study.

  • Close, individual attention in small groups
  • Regular tutorials so that tutors and the
  • Director of Studies can provide individual guidance
  • Frequent progress tests
  • Regular reports (copies sent to parents or sponsors).

Skills Developed

The course will enable you to:

  • Become familiar with the US education system
  • Become familiar with the style of language used in academic texts
  • Increase your reading and writing speed
  • Enlarge your vocabulary, especially in relation to academic subjects
  • Learn to identify key facts and information from a wide range of texts
  • Learn to organize and set out factual information clearly and coherently, orally and in writing
  • Learn to identify and analyze the main argument in a text or presentation
  • Learn to express ideas and opinions logically and confidently using appropriate language
  • Learn to challenge the ideas of others and present contrasting views
  • Write papers and other common research-based written assignments, develop small group projects and fine tune your presentation skills


On average, students progress by approximately 15 points on the TOEFL iBT range each term. Fast learners may progress at a quicker rate. If you proceed slower than the average rate, you can easily follow an additional term until you achieve the required level.

2 - Academic Study Skills

Learning aims of the academic study skills include:

  • To ensure students are trained in the academic study skills, conventions and style required to participate successfully in post-graduate study in the USA
  • To ensure students attain the level of language proficiency expected of participants in postgraduate courses
  • To train students to express themselves effectively through the genres used in their own fields of study
  • To develop the ability of student to deliver authoritative presentations and to contribute effectively in seminar discussions
  • To help students assess and evaluate their own strengths, interests, and options so that they may make informed and autonomous decisions in their studies
  • To enhance the confidence and capacity of non-native speakers to assert their own ideas in academic contexts

3 - Test Preparation: GRE, GMAT

Your English for Postgraduate Studies will also include Test Preparation in GRE or GMAT for the formal examinations you will need to be accepted on to a Masters degree course. You can also follow a separate TOEFL iBT Preparation Course.

4 - Profile Builder

The English for Postgraduate Studies also includes the benefits of the Kings Profile Builder program.

  • Ensuring your application stands out
  • Maximizing your Statement of Purpose
  • Help with securing volunteer or community work experience
  • Developing computer skills
  • Improving personal time management
  • Enhanced public speaking
  • Developing your interview technique
  • Acclimatization to American culture
  • Maximizing the impact of your talent in sports, music or drama

5 - Premium University Placement Service

In addition, the course includes specialist help in choosing the right university.

For more information go to the Direct Placement service page.

Study at Kings Los Angeles

Our school in Los Angeles is located right in the heart of Hollywood, literally around the corner from SUnset Boulevard.

The stylish building has been recently fully refurbished and offers excellent facilities for learning and a great location for having fun in this amazing city.

Learning facilities

  • Well-equipped, spacious classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • Student common room with TV and video
  • Free wireless internet
  • Computer Learning Center

Leisure and entertainment

  • Many attractions within easy walking disntace including Walk of Fame, Wax Museum, Guinness World of Records, Egyptian Theater and Kodak Theater
  • In the vicinity of Hollywood's famous film studios and hundreds of companies in the music and entertainment industries
  • Multiplex cinema within walking distance
  • Great shopping within walking distance
  • 30 minutes by bus to some of the best beaches in LA

Catering facilities

  • Snack bar and coffee shop
  • Kitchen and outdoor dining
  • Huge variety of local cafes and food outlets in the area


English for Postgraduate Studies students can choose from:

  • Homestay Half-board: stay with a host family who provide breakfast and dinner
  • On-campus accommodation (half-board or self-catering): have a single or twin room en-suite with air conditioning, TV and coffee in each room

Study at Kings Boston

In Boston we deliver the English for Postgraduate Studies program in a fantastic campus location at Pine Manor College. This is one of the most attractive campuses in the whole of New England. The 60-acre site is situated in Chestnut Hill, one of Boston's most elegant and exclusive suburbs. 

Our main buliding, Ellsworth Hall and the accommodation block we use have very recently undergone a major refurbishment and the result is an ultra-modern, functional and funky teaching facility and student rooms decorated to high standards.

Learning and sports facilities

  • Well-equipped, spacious classrooms with interactive whiteboards
  • Well-stocked libraries
  • Wifi throughout Ellsworth Hall
  • Dedicated Apple Mac Computer Learning Center
  • Stylish and comfortable "Student Zone"
  • Soccer pitches and softball fields
  • Six outdoor tennis courts
  • Cross-country trails (entirely on campus)
  • Fitness room with modern equipment
  • Gymnasium for indoor sports including basketball, softball, volleyball, tennis,badminton, dance and soccer

Activities on campus

Lectures, movies, drama workshops, computer and video workshops, seminars, debates, music, concerts and plays, plus a host of sports are all available. 

Catering facilities

Cafeteria serving a wide selection of hot and cold food (including catering for Halal requirements) plus snacks and drinks.


English for Postgraduate Studies students can choose from:

  • Homestay Half-board: stay with a host family who provide breakfast and dinner
  • On-campus accommodation: have a single or twin room sharing a bathroom with 5 other students

Quick Facts

Locations: Marymount California University and Canisius
Fees: $6,430
Next start dates: April, June, September 2014; January 2015
Course length: 1, 2 or 3 terms
Maximum class size: 15
Tuition: 30 - 37 lessons (25-28 hours) per week plus 12-15 hours of private study per week
Entry requirements:
Minimum age: 21
Academic: Completed a first university degree with documented proof of good grades.
1 term: TOEFL iBT 90
2 terms: TOEFL iBT 79
3 terms: TOEFL iBT 61

University progression options