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KU Outreach Programs

The Applied English Center is proud to design programs for other Schools and programs across the KU community. We offer courses customized to students’ needs: for example, AEC instructors teach English for Specific Purposes courses within the KU Academic Accelerator Program (KUAAP); cultural communication and pronunciation to international students in the School of Pharmacy (a similar program is planned for the School of Music, beginning fall 2018); and business writing and presentation skills to international pre-Business students. These courses are designed in collaboration with the program they serve, often with input from KU faculty, and are tailored to the discipline to precisely deliver the skills and strategies to help international students succeed in their chosen field.

Session dates and times are flexible, and are planned to fit in to School, faculty, program or student schedules.


Founded in 1964 as part of a Ford Foundation campus internationalization grant
One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
The AEC comprises three units: the Intensive English Program, Short-term Programs, and KU Outreach Programs.
Each semester, the AEC enrolls about 550 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students
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