As the key goal of Ameson Institute students is to prepare students to qualify for overseas undergraduate programs, language proficiency is a necessary aspect for our Chinese native speaking students.

Thus, on top of authentic western high school classes, Ameson Institute students also have the option of taking a choice of foundation courses to help bolster their language proficiency.

Preparing for Study in the US

For Chinese students wanting to pursue an undergraduate degree in the United States, they must first take a TOEFL test, a mandatory requirement of most US universities. A perfect score is 120. Top-tier schools such as Harvard and Stanford require between 100-110 on top of high-level credentials earned during their high school years. Second tier schools, such as Loyola, require a score of at least 87, for consideration.

If students fail to achieve minimum scores required by the American universities they wish to study at, they can still go to the US, to pursue further language instruction in order to better their chances of passing the test to the required level.

The course: Ameson Institute’s 1-year US Foundation Program prepares students to:
  • Excel in the TOEFL test
  • Become familiar with American university academic standards
  • Cope with the cultural challenges of their impending immersion.

Preparing for study in Europe/Australia

For Chinese students wanting to pursue an undergraduate degree in Europe or Australia, they must first take an IELTS test, a mandatory requirement of most universities in the region. A perfect score is 9. Top-tier schools such as the University of Cambridge require at least a 6.5 score, while second-tier schools like the University of Warwick will accept a minimum of 5.

If students fail to achieve minimum scores required by the universities they wish to study at, they can still go abroad, to pursue further language instruction in order to better their chances of passing the test to the required level.

The course: Ameson Institute’s 1-year IELTS Foundation Program prepares students to:
  • Excel in the IELTS test
  • Become familiar with European and Australian university academic standards
  • Cope with the cultural challenges of their impending immersion.

Preparing for Study in Italy

For students wanting to pursue an undergraduate degree in Italy, the CILS Exam (Certificazione di Italiano come Lingua Straniera) is the definitive proficiency examination to prove competence in the language. Held twice every year in June and December (at the Università per Stranieri di Siena and at other institutions abroad), the certificate is recognized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Each of the five sections is worth 20 points, and in each section it is necessary to score at least 11 points. The highest total score possible is 100 points, and the lowest passing score is 55 points. Candidates must obtain at least the minimum score in each section to be awarded the CILS.

If students fail to achieve minimum scores required by the Italian universities they wish to study at, they can still go to Italy, to pursue further language instruction in order to better their chances of passing the test to the required level.

The course: Ameson Institute’s 1-year Italian Foundation Program prepares students to:
  • Excel in the CILS test
  • Become familiar with Italian university academic standards
  • Cope with the cultural challenges of their impending immersion.

Preparing for Study in Spain/ Argentina

For students wanting to pursue an undergraduate degree in Spain or Argentina, the DELE (Diplomas of Spanish as a Foreign Language) is the official accreditation of the degree of fluency of the Spanish Language, issued and recognised by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain.

The Instituto Cervantes is the institution in charge of organising the exams, while the University of Salamanca is in charge of the preparation, correction and final evaluation of all the tests.

The course: Ameson Institute’s 1-year Spanish Foundation Program prepares students to:
  • Attain at minimum a score of B2 on the test (intermediate level, proving knowledge of the language to allow communication in everyday situations which do not require specialized terms)
  • Become familiar with university academic standards in both Spain and Argentina
  • Cope with the cultural challenges of their impending immersion.

Apply for a teaching job



To apply for a position for the 2011-2012 academic year (work starts in late August 2011), please send the following by email to jbs@ameson.org, by fax to +86-25-84274853, by Skype at ameson0258, or via MSN at jobchina@live.cn:

  • Your detailed CV
  • A scanned copy of your passport
  • A scanned copy of your university degree and teaching credentials
  • Any other information bearing on your educational background and experience that is relevant to your application