Academic Accelerator Program 3 (AAP3)

Looking for an immersive international study experience? The AAP3 combines language, culture and academics to give students a deep understanding of life in and out of the American classroom. Nervous about your English skills? The AAP3 includes personalized English-language instruction and tutoring.

As a student in the Academic Accelerator Program 3, you’ll get:

  • A contextual curriculum that mixes language, culture and academics
  • Exclusive access to a course focusing on life in the U.S. and the local community
  • A full year’s worth of college credits
  • Extensive English-language tutoring, academic advising and student support
  • Personalized English-language support specific to the classes you take

Program Details

Program Details
Program Length
Credits Earned
Toward Degree
3 semesters/12 monthsPreset39-41*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 Academic Accelerator Program 3 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
2.560, no subscore
below 13
5.5, no subscore
below 5.0 except speaking
3.5, no subscore
below 3.0

Want additional English-language help? Consider adding the Pre-Sessional English program to your AAP experience.

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 Coursework

 Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3

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

English for Academic Purposes I

Grammar for Academic Purposes I

Information Literacy

Kansas Environment and Culture

Introduction to Kansas Landscapes

Algebra, Precalculus or Calculus

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

English for Academic Purposes II

Grammar for Academic Purposes II

American Studies

Natural Sciences or Humanities

Researching Kansas Landscapes

Algebra, Precalculus or Calculus I or II

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

Communication Studies

Natural Sciences, Humanities or Social Sciences

Kansas Landscape Projects

Natural Sciences or Humanities

Researching Kansas Landscapes

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 AAP3.

Academic Accelerator Program 2 (AAP2)

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

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 AAP3, 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.