Access Academy



The Access Academy prepares students from diverse cultural and educational backgrounds for the rigorous, American-style undergraduate liberal arts curriculum at the Asian University for Women.


The Access Academy is an intensive, year-long, pre-undergraduate residential program that develops students academically, socially, and culturally. The main focus of the academic curriculum is to foster English communication skills, critical thinking, problem-solving and strategies for life-long learning. The courses build students’ skills in academic English reading, writing, listening, and speaking, and cover content in world history and geography, mathematics, scientific methods, and computers, as well as physical education. Additionally, students are required to participate in community service and encouraged to enhance their education through extra-curricular clubs, events, and use of on campus resources such as the library and the writing center. Through these comprehensive efforts the Access Academy trains young women to be assertive, confident, and culturally sensitive critical thinkers, communicators, students, and citizens of a global community.

Successful completion of the Access Academy program leads to admission to the Asian University for Women undergraduate program.


[ENG0100]   AA Writing Seminar: Language and Composition 

This one-year course builds skills in grammar and rhetoric so students are able to express themselves in clear, confident academic writing. The first term emphasizes writing as a process, challenging students to consider how language is used to shape identities, create discourse communities, and enact power. The second term focuses on composing sound academic arguments. In the third term, students focus on “voice” in writing, solidifying their understanding of the relationship between rhetoric and grammar and demonstrating their ability to revise and polish their writing.

[ENG0200] - Interpreting Texts

This one-year course emphasizes reading and analysis of various genres of fiction and non-fiction texts. The over-arching goals focus on reading comprehension skills and strategies, academic vocabulary, exposure to a wide range of academic texts, and responding to texts through writing and discussion.  The first term emphasizes foundational skills in comprehension, vocabulary-building, and analysis, and also builds in-depth awareness of intellectual property and plagiarism. The second term focuses on the development of persuasive and independent argument in texts. Students are taught to analyze and evaluate the thesis and supporting claims of a text and also to recognize fallacies in arguments. The third term reinforces research skills and written and oral response. 

[CIV0100] World History

This course will serve as an introduction to the study of World History, which will focus on aspects of region, culture, and geography. This will include language, religion, politics, the arts, current events, sociology, and gender. Students will be able to interpret the ways major turning points of human history have shaped our modern world and have created group and individual identities. The skills emphasized include ability to comprehend academic lectures and to deliver polished oral presentations. Overarching themes of the course content include: 1) introducing a survey of human societies from pre-history to modern day, 2) raising student awareness of our increasingly globalized world, while maintaining a regionally specific focus, 3) analysing the implications of current events and their historical backgrounds, 4) comparing similarities and respecting differences across world cultures, and 5) learning to identify broad historical themes and patterns.

[COMP0100] Introduction to Computers

This two-semester course is designed to teach students the necessary skills needed to operate a Windows-based computer in an academic and professional setting. The course will develop students’ abilities in typing, using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, navigating the web and e-mail systems, managing data, and understanding issues of privacy and security. An important component of this course within this context of university preparation is building students’ skills in computer-based academic research.  Additionally, students will be trained in computer management and workstation ergonomics.

[MATH0100] Pre-calculus (or [MATH1000] Calculus I)

Access Academy students with diverse math backgrounds will receive appropriate math preparation and will complete the prerequisites to undergraduate-level math courses. The courses focus on large concepts and problem-solving skills, encouraging students to explore real-life applications of mathematical formulas. The courses currently offered are:

SEM0100 Seminar (Scientific Thought)

In the 2012-2013 academic year, the Access Academy has the opportunity to offer a pilot seminar course entitled Scientific Thought, which aims to develop a critical, evidence-based perspective on natural phenomena and science. The skills emphasized are critical thinking and the ability to explain scientific arguments using evidence. This course increases students’ exposure to the full breadth of the liberal arts that they will experience in the undergraduate program at the Asian University for Women.

GYM0100 Karate

This full year course in physical education equips students with an understanding of the crucial benefits of regular exercise, as well as the confidence in the ability to defend themselves through Karate techniques. Students have the opportunity to progress from white belt level to higher skill levels through regular testing.  

Last updated on 17 October 2012