Academic Accelerator Program 2 (AAP2)

Ready to empower your international studies? The AAP2 is a balanced first-year program for international students with good English-language skills. It supplements immersive classes taught in English with just the right amount of support.

As a student in the Academic Accelerator Program 2, you’ll receive:

  • The right amount of support for your academic and English-speaking needs
  • A full year’s worth of college credits
  • Access to courses exclusively for international students
  • English-language help with words you need to know for your classes
  • A mix of classes with international and U.S. students

Program Details

Program Details
Program Length
Credits Earned
Toward Degree
2 semesters/9 monthsPreset28-36*Standard freshman progression (2.0 GPA)Year 2 of degree

*9 credits of English for Academic Purposes count toward requirements in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. Other schools may not count credits in English for Academic Purposes courses.

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Academc Accelerator Program 2 at KU, you should have at least the following qualifications:*

Entry Requirements
GPA MinimumMinimum TOEFL®Minimum IELTS™Minimum iTEP
Only one of the scores below required
2.571, no subscore
below 16
6.0, no subscore below 5.5 except speaking4.0, no subscore below 3.5

Don’t meet these requirements? The Academic Accelerator Program 3 might be a better fit for you.

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied and will still receive consideration from the college.

*Note: Colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.

Sample Course work

 Semester 1 Semester 2

University – Orientation seminar (Live, Learn, Grow I & II)

English for Academic Purposes

Grammar for Academic Purposes

American Studies

Introduction to Kansas Landscapes

Algebra, Precalculus or Calculus

University – Orientation seminar (Live, Learn, Grow III)

Researching Kansas Landscapes

Communication Studies

Humanities or Social Sciences

Natural Science

Algebra, Precalculus or Calculus I or II

Depending on your choice of major, you will follow an elective curriculum in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences based on one of the following three areas of study:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering* and Mathematics (STEM) and Information Sciences
  • Business*, Finance* and Economics

*Programs in the School of Engineering and School of Business require application to the programs upon completion of the AAP2.

Academic Accelerator Program 3 (AAP3)

A three-semester program for students seeking an immersive English-learning experience.

Pre-sessional English

Expand English language skills in the Applied English Center until reaching an English proficiency high enough to attend English-speaking classrooms.

Build your career before it even begins.

Included in the AAP2, the Career Accelerator is a two-year program focused on professional development. Learn valuable skills. Gain real-world experience. Customize your experience to fit your goals. So you can stand out when you apply for jobs.