Pre-College Program (PCP)A collaborative effort among Teachers College, Columbia University (TC), China Center for International Educational Exchange (CCIEE) and the University of International Relations (UIR), the Pre-College Program is an intensive academic program designed to prepare leading high school students from China to attend the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the United States.
One of the most distinctive aspects of this Program is its twelve-month curriculum that begins in China and ends in the United States. For the first six months, students attend training classes at the University of International Relations in Beijing. Once students complete the UIR study phase, Teachers College sends Program representatives to interview students for the second phase of the Program. Qualified students are granted an opportunity to further their study on the Columbia campus, where they will undergo 20 hours per week of classroom-based instruction intended to strengthen their English language competency, understanding of American culture and norms, and most vitally, their capacity to receive acceptance into their desired undergraduate institutions. Students participate in an array of extracurricular activities within and external to the Columbia University community.
The Pre-College Program at Teachers College, Columbia University begins in late May and runs until mid December. During the summer term, students take Academic Reading and Writing and American Language and Culture courses. During the fall, students observe undergraduate courses at Columbia University, conduct college visits, and receive individual guidance on the college admissions process. Throughout both semesters, students receive college counseling and participate in cultural and academic activities.
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