About the AEC and KU  

The Applied English Center

The Applied English Center (http://aec.ku.edu/) was founded in 1964, making it one of the oldest university programs in English as a second language in the United States.  The Center’s mission is to provide courses in English as a second language to international students admitted to university degree programs and those admitted directly to the AEC as special students.  In addition to teaching English as a second language, the Applied English Center assists international students in making successful adjustments to American campus life through its orientation and advising programs.  The AEC staff works closely with the staff of the Office of International Student Services.  Orientation to the United States and the local community is a regular part of AEC courses.  In addition, the AEC sponsors field trips to sites of interest for its students, exchanges with local schools, and runs special orientation programs prior to enrollment and throughout the school year.  The AEC has a staff of international student advisors who are available to discuss student academic, social, and personal problems, and share information about the AEC, the university, and the community.

The Applied English Center (AEC) offices are in 204 Lippincott Hall.  Most AEC classes are held in Fraser Hall and Wescoe Hall.  A computer lab open only to AEC students is located in 226 Fraser Hall.  You will use these computers for class work, Internet research, and e-mail.  The language lab for listening practice is in Wescoe Hall. The AEC also provides a tutoring center called “The Point”, where you can receive help with your English from AEC instructors.

LEO Lab
Location:  226 Fraser Hall
Hours:  Mon. - Fri. 8 am-5 pm 
Go To:  http://aec.ku.edu/leo-lab for more information about what the LEO Lab offers.
Note: The LEO (Learning English Online) computer lab is for use by AEC students only!

The Point
Location:  Anschutz Library, upstairs in room 425
Hours:  By appointment.
(Hours available for appointments vary by day, but availability is limited to the hours of 10:00am – 4:00pm)
Schedule an appointment online by going to the AEC webpage http://aec.ku.edu/ and looking for “The Point” to the right.

The University of Kansas

Founded in 1865, the University of Kansas (KU) is a comprehensive research institution with more than 200 fields of study and 2600 faculty members.  The university has the most highly developed international programs west of the Mississippi River, with four National Resource Centers focusing on Latin American Studies, Russian and East European Studies, East Asian Studies, and African Studies.  The university welcomes students and scholars from around the world.  Nearly 2,400 international students and scholars from more than 100 countries study and conduct research at the university each year.             

KU has one of the most beautiful college campuses in the United States.  It sits on Mount Oread, a scenic, tree-covered hill in the center of the city of Lawrence.  The university is home to several nationally recognized museums and has one of the best public research libraries in the US.  The campus has an exciting cultural and social life, including lectures, films, concerts, art exhibits, theater, and athletic competitions. 


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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