The Suffolk University Transition Program (UTP) allows you to combine a foundation year with the first year of a bachelor’s degree curriculum. Not only does the program save you time and money, it can help you perfect your English, prepare academically for college, and earn university credits—all at once.

Taught partly at EF Boston and partly at Suffolk University, the program offers English language, academic skills, and university preparation classes that will help you complete your future bachelor’s degree. 

Download UTP application [PDF]

Study at a Prestigious University in Boston

Suffolk is a private university in downtown Boston and offers more than 40 bachelor’s degrees, ranging from business and marketing to fine arts, psychology, and engineering. The Princeton Review named the University one of The Best 376 Colleges in its 2012 edition.

All UTP students are able to participate in on-campus activities with other Suffolk students, including performing arts, intramural sports, and social events. Also, students may use all campus facilities, including the library, computer labs, and athletic facilities.

Participants are provided with academic advising and guided through the University application process. Upon successful completion of the program, participants may be offered conditional admission into a Suffolk University undergraduate degree program. In 2011, 70 percent of the program participants successfully enrolled in a Suffolk University undergraduate degree program, while an additional 10 percent matriculated at another university.

How the Program Works

18-21 hours per week (depending on the term) for high school graduates with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

One, two, or three terms (each term is approximately 14 weeks)

Start Dates
September, January, and May

Application Deadlines

  • For January start, apply by November 15
  • For May start, apply by March 15
  • For September start, apply by June 30

English Requirement
Minimum TOEFL 450 PBT/45 IBT or the equivalent on the free EF UPiBT test

The program is offered in conjunction with Suffolk University, which also awards academic credits to students.

Students come from all over the world to take part in the UTP:

  • China
  • France
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan
  • Kazakhstan
  • Russia
  • Taiwan
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • and more


To learn more about the UTP or to apply, please contact Timothy Smetana at