WELCOME!  

We are glad you are going to be a part of our community. The University of Kansas Applied English Center (AEC) is a great place to study. The campus and the city of Lawrence are great places to live, even when for a short time.

What are some things that make us special? The AEC is fully integrated into the university, which means that you will be integrated into university life while in your program. The campus grounds are beautiful! The university sits atop Mount Oread, a scenic, tree-covered hill in the center of Lawrence.  The university has several nationally recognized museums and one of the best U.S. public research libraries. Campus has an exciting cultural and social life, excellent sports facilities and a health clinic. Our busy city downtown has places to shop, eat, get a coffee, go to a movie, or take a walk.

The Applied English Center is a great place to do short-term study! We are one of the oldest and largest U.S. English language centers. Our instructors are full-time professional English language faculty members. In the past 15 years, we have welcomed over 21 distinct programs and 1,400 participants for a short program experience. We have three exceptional short program staff members – Geri, Aaron and Mindy -- who work tirelessly to prepare for your arrival and offer you a warm and welcoming experience during your stay. 

We want your arrival to be as smooth as possible. Please look through the AEC Short-term Programs Student Handbook links below -- before you leave home, if possible. It will answer a lot of questions.

Thank you for coming to the Applied English Center! We’ll see you soon,

Margaret Coffey

Margaret Coffey
Senior Associate Director for AEC Special Programs


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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