University of Southern California
Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Summer Occupational Therapy and English Program for International Students

Global Initiatives

The Summer Occupational Therapy and English (SOTE) program is a four-week continuing education workshop designed for international occupational therapists who are considering applying to, or have already been admitted to, the Division’s MA-I or MA-II Master’s programs. (Admitted students may choose to participate in this summer session prior to the start of their fall semester). This program will serve as an introduction to occupational therapy (OT) practice in the United States and provide the opportunity for students to strengthen the English fluency and proficiency needed to succeed at the master’s degree graduate level. The program is designed primarily for those students who have earned, or will soon earn, their associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degree in occupational therapy outside of the United States and who feel they could benefit by improving their English language fluency.

The SOTE program runs from July 14 through August 8, 2014.

Program Objectives

Students will:

  • Improve spoken English proficiency through class discussions and presentations on occupational therapy-related research topics
  • Improve written English proficiency by writing academic papers, research journal article reviews and other graduate-level written assignments
  • Become familiar with medical and occupational therapy-specific terminology
  • Prepare for the 1-year (MA-I) or 2-year (MA-II) USC master’s degree program by enhancing reading comprehension and research journal article analysis skills
  • Become familiar with the main settings of occupational therapy practice in the United States, including pediatric, adult physical disabilities and mental health practice. USC international alumni from each setting will share their experiences, provide didactic instruction and give tours of facilities
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to obtain certification by the United States’ National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy® (NBCOT) and review their graduate program’s educational standards in relation to NBCOT requirements
  • Network with other international occupational therapy professionals

English Classes (English Proficiency for OT Practice)

English class sessions will support the USC occupational therapy curriculum and employ teaching methods to help students improve their speaking, research article comprehension and writing skills. Discussion topics will focus on current issues and events related to occupational therapy practice in the United States and may preview content that will be covered in more depth in the MA-I or MA-II programs. Students will engage in various collaborative problem-solving exercises including small group discussions and presentations to develop skills they will need as graduate students and as practitioners in the United States. Writing sessions will focus on building skills necessary to write academic papers, journal article reviews and patient documentation.

Occupational Therapy Seminars

The SOTE program will introduce students to various occupational therapy practice settings in the United States. Experienced faculty from the USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will lead 2-3 hour seminars, and successful OT professionals will provide engaging guest lectures and facilitate visits to their worksites. OT Practice seminars will cover the following topics:

  • OT practice in pediatrics
  • OT practice in physical rehabilitation
  • OT practice in mental health
  • NBCOT examination process
  • Visa-related considerations for employment
  • Job-search strategies
  • Tips for success as an International OT student
  • Tips for thriving in the first year as an International OT alumni


Time Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
9am-12pm English Instruction English Instruction English Instruction English Instruction No Class
12-1pm Lunch Lunch
1-4pm OT Seminar OT Seminar

Additionally, participants will have opportunities to participate in weekly organized leisure and networking events.

Costs and Tuition

Students will be responsible for a tuition fee of $3,000 (which includes housing) and the additional costs of airfare.


Students will be housed at Webb Tower Residential College (WTO) on USC’s University Park Campus. Housing for the 4-week (30 day) stay will be in either:

  • Double occupancy (2 people/room) in a 1 or 2 room apartment
  • Single occupancy (1 person/room) in a 2 room apartment

Some students may have off campus housing options available to them. These requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


Optional dining plan at the EVK Restaurant and Grill (residential dining facility) is offered at a cost of: $32/day or $960 for 30 days.


Application deadline is April 15, 2014. Please contact Daniel Park, OTD, OTR/L at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to receive application instructions prior to completing the online application. Applicants will be notified of acceptance into the SOTE program by April 30, 2014.

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USC Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy
1540 Alcazar Street, CHP 133
Los Angeles, CA 90089-9003
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Phone: (323) 442-2850 · Toll free: (866) 385-4250
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The USC entry-level master's degree program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education® (ACOTE). ACOTE c/o Accreditation Department, American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.®, 4720 Montgomery Lane, Suite 200, Bethesda, MD 20814-3449, (301) 652-6611 x2914,

Professional program graduates are eligible to apply for certification by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy, Inc.®



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