Get a head start on your Binghamton University education!

The Academic Success Program for International Students builds a foundation for a smooth entry into academic and community life at Binghamton University.


ASP Admitted Students

The Academic success program (ASP) gives international students a head start transitioning to American college life. The ASP is arequirement for admission to Binghamton University for a select group of international students. Students apply for Binghamton University admission as usual and are then chosen by the Admissions Committee to attend the ASP.

This five-week program held during the summer before freshman year is designed to help you further develop your English language proficiency while earning up to six (6) credits toward your degree. In addition, you will learn where to get academic support, become familiar with the campus and local culture through a few day trips, and connect with fellow students and faculty. 

Important: The Academic Success Program is not an Intensive English
Language Program. It is only available to admitted Binghamton University
students. Students who are required to participate are notified in their
acceptance letter to Binghamton. These students are automatically enrolled
once the enrollment deposit is paid. Students who are not required may join the
program optionally.

How does ASP work?

ASP students come to campus and start taking classes ahead of other students. They arrive at Binghamton University five weeks before the fall semester begins. Besides taking classes, they become familiar with the campus through various academic and community activities.

Students take two courses in the Summer III term session: an English language development course, and a culture/academic skills course.

As part of the coursework, students enhance their language and study skills while going on field trips to sites on campus and in the local community, taking weekend trips, conversing with native English-speaking students, listening to guest speakers and gaining advice from mentors who guide students through the program.

Benefits of ASP

  • Earn 6 Credits. Enter as a freshman ahead of other first year students.
  • Adapt Smoothly. Small classes, specialized instructors and student assistants all give ASP students personal attention, easing the transition into a new environment.
  • Build Academic Skills. Learn to manage study and personal time ahead of the fall semester.
  • Familiarize Yourself with Campus. Find your way around the campus and local community before the crowds arrive.
  • Learn about American Culture. Mix with native English-speaking students during rewarding summer activities


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Frequently Asked Questions 

1. When does the Summer 2016 program begin? End?

The 2016 ASP program begins July 18, 2016 and ends August 19, 2016.

Students should arrive at Binghamton University on Saturday or Sunday July 16-17.

Classes run July 18- August 19, 2016, with trips and activities planned for weekends through August 21.

International student orientation occurs in August. Fall classes begin August 25, 2016.

2. Who may join this program?


  • Conditionally admitted, in-coming international Binghamton University freshmen for Fall 2016 as stated in your acceptance letter.

Not required but optional:

  • Non-conditionally admitted, in-coming international Binghamton University freshmen for Fall 2016 who would like to opt into the program if seats are available. Please contact
  • Dual Diploma students coming to Binghamton for the first time. Contact your dual diploma advisor.

3. How much does the program cost?

The total costs for the program are approximately $8, 300 USD (This includes tuition, housing and food).

Other fees such as visa and SEVIS, as well as university fees are required, but are not specific to the summer program.

After paying the initial deposit to hold their spot, students will receive a bill for separate parts of the summer program through student accounts.

4. Exactly which courses will I be studying?

ESL 110 (4 W Harpur Writing College credits): This course provides instruction and practice in all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, writing as well as English study skills and grammar. You will receive instruction and guided practice in all of these areas with an emphasis on writing. The course includes some experiential learning activities outside of the classroom. The goal is to help you work to the best of your abilities in an English-speaking academic environment.

ESL 142 (2 credits): This course provides integrated instruction in study skills, cross-cultural issues and leadership skills. The course includes some experiential learning activities outside of the classroom. The goal is to enable freshmen to become full participants in the academic and community environment.

ESL 210 (4 C General Education credits) may be an option based on a placement test given upon arrival.

Course details can be found at

5. Is transportation to the university provided?

No. As is the case for international students normally arriving at the end of August for International Student Orientation, students are responsible for their own transportation to Binghamton University. However, the Office of International Student and Scholars Services ( provides information on the many methods of travel to students.

6. What does "Successful Completion of ASP" mean?

  • Demonstrating a professional and scholarly attitude in class and out of class.
  • Attending all experiential learning events.
  • Obeying all university and programmatic rules.
  • Passing ESL 142 and ESL 110 with a grade of D or better (Your grades for ASP do count toward your GPA at Binghamton University).


Admissions information

Phone: (01) 607-777-2171
Address: Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Binghamton University, PO Box 6001, Binghamton, NY 13902-6001

ASP class information

Telephone: 607-777-2320 Address: English as a Second Language Program, P.O. Box 6000. Binghamton. New York 13902-6000

Last Updated: 5/12/16