Destination Davis Academic Preparation

Curriculum Structure

Each of the Destination Davis Tracks utilizes a modular approach to curriculum design to meet students' academic and linguistic goals.

The Core Academic Preparation Series emphasizes academic skill building and language development. These serve as the program’s foundational building blocks and provide practical skills that are applied in classroom and real-life situations. Students then choose classes from the pre-arranged Elective Series to deepen their knowledge on content while improving their English and academic skills.

Core Academic Preparation Series

  • Academic Literacy Series
  • The Academic Literacy Series is a set collection of classes designed to improve receptive language skills at the university level. Students engage with a selection of university-level readings and lectures and learn to respond to these passages in ways that meet the expectations of university coursework.  
  • Academic Discourse Series
  • The Academic Discourse Series is a set collection of classes designed to improve productive language skills at the university level by mainly focusing on linguistic output skills (i.e., speaking and writing). At all levels, students will engage in integrated activities to improve their output skills.
  • Academic Success Series
  • Through these classes, students will engage in experiential learning. Students are expected to observe regular undergraduate classes (both in person and online) as part of assignments/tasks, submit reports of the experience and engage in given assignments.
  • Academic Reasoning Series
  • This series of classes will help students further develop critical thinking skills and explore issues that involve questioning value systems based on history, cultural beliefs and norms.

Elective Series

  • Content-Based Elective Series
  • This series is a collection of content-based classes that allows students to deepen their understanding of a particular topic from humanities to business to STEM. Courses include: Hot Topics in Global Business, Business Communication, U.S. Society and Culture, U.S. Politics, Science Fiction, Hot Topics in Science and Technology, Introduction to Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Society, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Academic Skills, University Seminar, and STEM.
  • Experiential Learning Series
  • The classes in the Experiential Learning Series employ a hands-on, highly contextualized approach using the experiential learning cycle. Students engage in out-of-classroom learning experiences and are guided through a series of activities that encourage reflection, critical thinking and action. Learn more about our unique Experiential Learning Cycle.
  • Test Preparation Series
  • The classes in this series are designed to help students prepare for commonly used English proficiency and academic aptitude tests such as: iBT TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, SAT and ACT, GRE and GMAT.
  • UC Davis Classes
  • Destination Davis programs may include opportunities for qualified students to petition for and enroll in UC Davis classes through the Open Campus program at UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education. Enrollment and class availability are determined under specific program agreement guidelines. Learn more