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Program description

English for Pharmaceutical Sciences

If you would like to increase your English fluency while focusing on pharmaceutical and pharmacy topics, English for Pharmaceutical Sciences may be a good fit for you. In this program, you will improve your technical writing, public speaking, pharmaceutical terminology, and communication techniques for pharmacies and clinical settings. High-intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency are welcome to apply to this program. English proficiency is determined during orientation at the time the student arrives at UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI). Students who do not obtain the required English level for English for Pharmaceutical Studies will take Conversation and Fluency (beginner, low-intermediate, and intermediate levels).

If you plan to come to the U.S. mainly for tourism, but you also want to improve your English, you can apply to this 4-week program with reduced weekly hours. Instead of 20 hours of instruction per week, you will have 15 hours per week.

Admission requirements

  • High-intermediate to advanced level of English
  • Participants must have previously taken at least one life sciences course or one chemistry or pharmaceutical science course.

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Program content

Program Topics:

  • Technical Writing and Notation for Pharmaceutical Work
  • Presentation Skills for Academic and Professional Settings
  • U.S. Drug Development and Approval Process
  • U.S. Drug Delivery Systems and Practices
  • Pharmacist-Patient Communication
  • Idiomatic Language in Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Settings
  • Advanced Readings and Discussion on Pharmaceutical Topics

In the 15-hour/week part-time English for Pharmaceutical Sciences schedule, technical writing and some projects will be omitted.

San Diego is one of the strongest regions in the U.S. for biomedical and pharmaceutical research and development. This program features expert guest speakers from the campus and community, according to their availability.

Tuition fees

  • 2020 Tuition: $2,600 (20 hours per week / 80 hours total)
  • 2020 Tuition: $2,300 (15 hours per week / 60 hours total)

About this institute

University of California San Diego Extension International Programs

The University of California San Diego Extension International Programs offers short-term and intensive English language programs, free mover programs, professional certificates, and summer youth programs. Study in sunny Southern California at one of the top universities in the world, and...


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