Academic English

Study English and take classes at a leading American university

Our highly qualified instructors will help you develop your English skills so you can reach your academic goals. We'll also help prepare you to progress to undergraduate or graduate degree programs at George Mason University.

Is Academic English right for me?

The Academic English program provides you with top-rate English language instruction and the academic skills to succeed at Mason through development of:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Standardized test preparation
  • Academic study skills

Program highlights include:

  • Intensive English to prepare for university study
  • Academic advising throughout the program
  • Small classes of 16 students on average
  • Highly-trained and experienced instructors
  • Participation in the weekly conversation group, English Corner

What is the program structure?

  • 8 levels of instruction
  • 18-20 hours per week of course work covering the core skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • Choice of electives


How do I qualify?

Academic entry requirement:

High School Diploma

Age requirement:

17 years and older

Language requirements: None; students will be assessed and placed upon arrival


When can I start?

2017-18 Dates and Prices



August 21, 2017 $8,360 per semester
January 16, 2018 $8,360 per semester
May 21, 2018 $8,360 per semester

Is housing included in the prices listed above?

Housing is not included in the tuition prices. View our accommodation options.


How will the Academic English program prepare me for success?

After finishing this intensive program successful students will be able to:

  • Interact comfortably in the US classroom with professors and fellow students
  • Understand US values in an academic setting
  • Present spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English
  • Write research papers with proper use of citations and references
  • Use the Internet and Mason library databases to conduct academic research
  • Read, understand and critically evaluate academic texts
  • Understand and use vocabulary common to academic disciplines
  • Take useful and accurate notes in academic lectures and presentations
  • Develop and deliver oral presentations

To complete a level, you must have:

  • A term GPA of 2.5
  • B- or better in Core and OCS classes


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