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 LengthProgram CurriculumTotal Credits Earned Toward DegreeProgression RequirementsProgression Into
16-week term (Fall & Spring)

8-week term (Summer)

Varies by levelVaries by level3.0 GPA or KU English Proficiency ExamKU AAP3

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Academic English add-on program at KU, you should have at least the following qualifications:

Minimum iTEPMinimum TOEFL®Minimum IELTS™GPA Requirement
Only one of the scores below required
< 3.5< 60< 5.02.5

Minimum iTEP: <3.5
Only one of the scores below required

Entry Requirements
Minimum TOEFL®Minimum IELTS™GPA Requirements
< 60< 502.5

Program Dates

DeadlinesSummer 2020Fall 2020
Application DeadlineApril 24, 2020July 10, 2020
Move-In DateMay 26, 2020August 10, 2020
Program Start DateMay 27, 2020August 11, 2020

Program Costs

Program SessionSummer 2020Fall 2020
16-week term$8,217$12,359