Prepare for Success

Want to prepare yourself for English-speaking classrooms? With the Academic English program, you get the strong language support you need to feel more comfortable learning in English.

Founded in 1964, the KU Applied English Center (AEC) is one of the oldest English programs in the United States. The AEC holds many professional memberships and is accredited by the CEA.

Once you've completed the Academic English program, you’ll transition into the Academic Accelerator Program 3 and start working toward your degree.

Benefits to You:

  • No minimum test score required: Receive a full offer for Academic English and be placed into the appropriate level class upon arrival.
  • Build confidence: Live and thrive on campus as you improve your English. Participating in campus life will help you adjust to your new home and achieve academic success.

Program Details

First-Year Program Length Program Curriculum Entry Requirement GPA Entry Requirement Total Credits Earned Toward Degree Progression Requirements Progression Into
16-week term (Fall & Spring)

8-week term (Summer)

Varies by level While an English test score is required, there is no minimum score required to start.
Students may apply without an English test score and tested for placement upon arrival.
2.5 Varies by level 3.0 GPA or KU English Proficiency Exam KU AAP3

Important Dates & Costs

For all application and payment deadlines, move-in and program start dates, and up-to-date program costs,
please visit the Important Dates and Costs page.