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The Applied English Center Program

The Applied English Center is dedicated to helping students whose first language is not English to make a smooth transition to regular, full-time coursework at the University of Kansas. All incoming students whose native language is not English are required to take the AEC Proficiency Test upon arrival on campus. Based upon the results of your exam, you may be required to take coursework at the Applied English Center to help improve your command of English.

The length of time you study at the AEC depends upon your level of English when you arrive, the speed at which you learn, and your willingness to study hard. Some students take only one or two AEC courses and move into regular KU classes after one semester. Other students spend one or two semesters as full-time AEC students, and then two or more semesters as part-time AEC students. Progression through the AEC is determined by the successful completion of student learning outcomes for each course.


AEC Courses

Progression through the AEC Program

AEC Final Exam
At the end of each semester, you must take the AEC Final Exam. You will receive a grade of satisfactory or unsatisfactory for this test, which will appear on your transcript. For more information about the AEC Final Exam, please see Progression through the AEC Program and Frequently Asked Questions.

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 two units: the Intensive English Program (IEP) and Short-term 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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