Academic Culture and Communication:
Preparing Nonnative English Speakers for Success at Carnegie Mellon University
An intensive five week summer program designed for nonnative English speakers entering Carnegie Mellon University graduate programs each fall.
Step 1: Consider your score on standardized language assessments. As a rough guide, students appropriate for ACC would likely have the following test scores:
Step 2: If you have already been accepted to a Carnegie Mellon graduate program and if your TOEFL or IELTS scores are close to the above scores, contact ICC for a brief interview to verify that ACC is appropriate.
Please have your TOEFL or IELTS scores available for the phone conversation.
Registering for ACC is a very quick process. If your interview indicates ACC is appropriate for you, we will send you an email registration form which you should fill out and return by email.
Also, federal legislation has greatly changed the process for entry into the US. It may take several months for some students to complete the process required for getting an I-20 and visa for the US, so plan accordingly.
Students attending ACC must have an I-20 issued by Carnegie Mellon with a start date of July 1, 2013.
After a student has registered for ACC, we will send his/her name to the Office of International Education requesting that this student's I-20 be issued with a start date of July 1.
Be sure to let your academic department know that you are going to attend ACC.
If you have already received an I-20 from Carnegie Mellon with a start date of August 26, you will need to return that I-20 and have a new one issued in order to attend ACC. If you have already gotten your visa, you will have to reapply for the visa.