AEC Highlights


The Applied English Center was one of the first intensive English programs in the US.  It began in 1964 with the help of a grant from the Ford Foundation as part of the plan to internationalize the University of Kansas.  In its first year, there were 36 students from 14 countries and Dr. Edward T. Erasmus was the first Director.

From these beginnings, the AEC has grown and shifted as needed to keep pace with the needs of the world, the students and the University of Kansas.

People and Experience

The AEC has a talented group of people dedicated to providing students the best possible service.  Among us, we have over 700 years of experience in International Education and 420 years of experience in the Applied English Center.  We have taught in over 33 countries and developed numerous courses of all different types.

We regularly present at local, regional, national and international conferences.  We serve in leadership roles in various organizations and provide customized workshops for different groups of people.  We publish articles in professional journals and even produce one of our own.


We offer several types of programs to meet the varying needs of students coming to the U.S.  We help prepare students who need to master English before beginning their university studies, as well as those students who only wish to study for a short time in the U.S.  We work with graduate students to help them improve their pronunciation and writing, and we also work with departments to develop customized programs for particular groups of students.  We also offer online programs for those wishing to learn more about studying in the U.S. or EFL teachers wanting to improve their teaching skills.


We provide many services for our students to help ensure they are successful and happy at KU:

  • Tutoring
  • Cross-Cultural Advising
  • Extracurricular activities such as conversation groups and fieldtrips
  • Technology access and training

One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
Fulfill a university requirement! Completion of your English proficiency requirements means you have finished your foreign language requirement at the University of Kansas.
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