Academic English Program (AEP)

Preparing for a master's or Ph.D. program at The University of Texas at Austin or another university in the United States? The International Office has designed AEP for you.

Who is this program for?

  • Students who want to apply to graduate programs
  • Students from all over the world who hold a university degree
  • Students who want to improve their English reading, writing, speaking and listening skills
  • Students who want an intensive program – AEP meets five days a week for a total of 18 hours.

What do you need to apply?

  • You must hold a university degree
  • You show at least low-intermediate proficiency through our placement test or a TOEFL/IELTS score (minimum of IBT 38 or IELTS 5 to enter our lowest level AEP class).

Students who do not meet these requirements will be placed in ELP. Admission to AEP does not guarantee admission to The University of Texas at Austin or any other university.

Why you should study with us?

  • AEP classes utilize the resources of The University of Texas at Austin and help students connect with professors and departments.
  • AEP offers a variety of academic information workshops each semester, on topics such as applying to graduate school, resume and CV writing, and communicating with professors.
  • AEP students have been accepted to graduate programs at top-tier universities in the US, UK, and Canada after completing our program.

What will you learn?

  • Core Courses
    • academic writing, listening/speaking, reading/discussion, and grammar
  • Elective Courses
    • Our pronunciation classes will help you speak more clearly, focusing on stress and intonation patterns as well as individual sounds.
    • Our TOEFL, IELTS, and GRE preparation courses focus on both content and test-taking strategies.
    • Meet 4 hours per week
  • Colloquia
    • Arranged for AEP, these lectures on a variety of topics feature speakers from the university and the city of Austin.
Typical Class Schedule-Academic English Program
  M T W TH F
8:30-9:00   Elective Class
8:30-10:20
(optional)
  Elective Class
8:30-10:20
(optional)
 
9:00-9:30 Class 1
9:00-10:30
Class 1
9:00-10:30
Class 1
9:00-10:30
9:30-10:00
10:00-10:30
10:30-11:00   Class 4
10:30-12:45
  Class 4
10:30-12:45
 
11:00-11:30 Class 2
11:00-12:30
Class 2
11:00-12:30
Class 2
11:00-12:30
11:30-12:00
12:00-12:30
12:30-1:00      
1:00-1:30          
1:30-2:00          
2:00-2:30 Class 3
2:00-3:30
  Class 3
2:00-3:30
  Class 3
2:00-3:30
2:30-3:00    
3:00-3:30    
3:30-4:00   Talk Time
(optional)
     
4:00-4:30        

 

Our Academic English Program (AEP) has four different levels corresponding to the proficiency level. These levels are related to the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) and a description of proficiencies can be read in the table below. For more information, go to CEFR.

CEFR Academic English Program Levels
B1 Low Intermediate: A student at this level can communicate on familiar topics and provide information with some success. Uses a limited range of vocabulary and structures.
B1+ Mid Intermediate: A student at this level can express and support opinion and can handle a variety of uncomplicated communicative tasks with moderate success.
B2 High Intermediate: A student at this level can handle a variety of communicative tasks with success, although errors may be evident.
C1 Advanced: A student at this level can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics. Can communicate effectively in a variety of contexts and if miscommunication occurs, can repair them.

 

We will:

  • Prepare you to apply to graduate school
  • Develop your critical thinking skills
  • Increase your academic vocabulary
  • Improve your ability to find and evaluate sources
  • Help you understand and take notes on complex, fast-paced lectures
  • Prepare you to lead and participate in moderated discussions
  • Teach you how to write academic papers, including proper citation to avoid plagiarism
  • Train you to give academic presentations, use visual aids, and field questions