About the Undergraduate Accelerator

For many international students, the move to a university in the U.S. can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Want to make the most of your new language, new ways of learning and your new home?

The KU Undergraduate Accelerator (UA) eases your transition. How? By combining credit-bearing courses from the first year of your degree with additional support services created especially for international students. So you’re set up for maximum success, thanks to:

  • Teaching tailored to your academic and language level
  • Enriching cultural experiences
  • Receiving 24/7 support from trained staff

American Cultural
Experiences

American Cultural
Experiences

Learn the Rock Chalk cheer at a basketball game, celebrate American holidays together, and explore all that Lawrence, Kansas has to offer — just three of the many American university experiences you’ll have during your first year.

English-Language
Support

English-Language
Support

Our dedicated student services team and English-language curriculum make sure that you’re prepared for your classes. Plus, you’ll feel more comfortable socially so you can join the KU community.

Support Services

Support Services

You’ll have access to 5 star services, including a support line for all questions. Of course, your dedicated KU AAP student services team is always happy to help too.

Small Class
Sizes

Small Class
Sizes

You’re given greater individual attention and tailored support with our small class sizes.

Streamlined
Application

Streamlined
Application

Think applying to college has to be stressful? KU’s admissions team provides fast turnaround on applications and answers to your questions. Plus, you’ll receive dedicated support to ensure you submit all the correct paperwork.

Arrival Services

Arrival Services

We’re here to help you get settled in your exciting new home! KU UA students benefit from free airport pickup, move-in help, class registration support and help with day-to-day concerns such as setting up a bank account and a mobile phone.

Which Option is Right For You?

There are three flexible Undergraduate Accelerator tracks to choose from, depending on your qualifications and personal preferences.

Integrated Accelerator
Program (IAP)

A two-semester program designed specifically for high achieving, bilingual international students who want the academic, cultural, professional support they need to thrive at KU.

Academic Accelerator
Program 2 (AAP2)

A two-semester program designed specifically for students who are ready to succeed in English-speaking classrooms but who also want the benefit of improving their Academic English language and student support that will help them thrive.

Academic Accelerator
Program 3 (AAP3)

A three-semester program for students seeking an immersive English-learning experience. The program gives students a firsthand practical and cultural understanding of the KU campus and Lawrence area through its customized curriculum.

Pre-Accelerator
Program

Students who are not yet ready for the Academic Accelerator tracks enroll in the Applied English Center for intensive English coursework.

compare your options

Undergraduate Accelerator Compare Your Option Table
Integrated Accelerator Program (IAP) Academic Accelerator Program 2 (AAP2) Academic Accelerator Program 3  (AAP3)
Recommended For Bilingual students Students who want some English language support Students seeking an immersive English-learning experience
Main benefit Direct enrollment into their degree program A curriculum designed to fit your academic and English-language needs A tailored educational experience with a curriculum bridging language, culture, and academics
Length 2 semesters/9 months 2 semesters/9 months 3 semesters/12 months
Minimum GPA Required 2.5 2.5 2.5
English Skills Required Advanced Intermediate Moderate
Estimated Tuition and Fees $23,056 – $30,727 $25,623 – $31,605 $37,346 – $40,560

Learn more

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Timeline

Time to completion varies based on a student’s English-language ability, degree choice and course load per semester.

UG-Timeline

Prepare for the global job market

Qualified Undergraduate Accelerator students can get professional training, career advisement and internship opportunities.

ARE YOU READY TO BECOME A JAYHAWK?