Preparation in Language & University Studies

PLUS is a full-time academic-preparation program combining language instruction and educational support with enrollment in university graduate course work leading to a degree or certificate.


PLUS allows students to improve English proficiency while emphasizing subject-specific language learning and classroom skills to keep students on track toward earning a degree. In their PLUS classes, students learn how to give in-class presentations, work in groups, participate in discussions, research and write university-quality papers, analyze case studies, and more.

Golden Gate University offers a unique educational opportunity to individuals interested in pursuing professions in business and technology, psychology and taxation. Because GGU classes are delivered to working professionals and are taught by experts in the various fields of finance, digital security, marketing, management, networked systems (to name just a few), the classroom environment is dynamic and fast-paced. Presenting, discussing, participating, analyzing, and doing responsible research are essential student skills at GGU.


PLUS classes meet at the San Francisco location Monday through Thursday from 9:20 am to 2:50 pm. GGU classes meet in the afternoons and evenings. Participants must enroll in one GGU credit class while in PLUS.

Fall 2014 August 24 - December 5
Spring 2015 January 7 - April 28
Summer 2015 May 3 - August 22

NOTE: Mandatory PLUS Orientations are scheduled for the week before classes begin. Fall 2014 Orientation begins at 9:30am on August 20, 2014. Plan to be present all day August 20, 21 and 22, 2014.



Phone: 415-442-6598


In PLUS classes, students gain valuable knowledge and practice in the academic skills needed to be successful in GGU classes. Students spend 15 hours per week in PLUS classes, in addition to GGU course work.

PLUS classes include these topics:
  • The Culture of the US Classroom
  • Case Study Methods
  • Applied Critical Thinking
  • Academic Communication Skills
  • Directed Study


PLUS participants are admitted provisionally and concurrently enroll in PLUS and university classes based on official evaluations by the Admissions Office. All PLUS students concurrently enroll in coursework for their degree program.

The PLUS Program accepts graduate students with scores at or above the following:
TOEFL paper-based test 500
TOEFL computer-based test 173
TOEFL internet-based test 61
Pearson Test of English 45


$4,750 for 15 hours per week of PLUS coursework

Tuition varies for other courses. See Tuition & Fees for details.


This program is offered at the following locations: San Francisco.