Academic English

Study English at a leading American university

The Academic English Program at INTO USF will prepare you for university study at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. AE concentrates on developing reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and focuses on grammar. The unique curriculum is created for you to work in small groups with other students to complete academic projects.

Program highlights include:

  • Content-based instruction: prepares students for university study
  • Elective course topics include American culture, pronunciation and drama, business communication, academic vocabulary, service learning in the community, IELTS prep and GRE/GMAT prep
  • Advanced language preparation for graduate students at Levels 5 and 6
  • AE Extended Learning: 2 hours/week of additional instruction in academic success skills and American culture
  • Interest Groups provide an optional 3 hours/week of English practice outside of class in clubs about art, sports, games and conversation corners
  • Learning is enhanced by technology: you will use laptops, tablets and smart phones in classroom activities. Computer labs are equipped with language and testing software (IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT)

What will I study?


Levels 1-4 (Beginner to Intermediate)

  • Academic Preparation Class: Reading, writing and research (4 hours/week)
  • Academic Interactions: Listening, note taking, speaking and presentations (5 hours/week)
  • Grammar: Grammar in context approach to improve language skills (5 hours/week)
  • Elective Course: Up to 5 elective courses to choose from (4 hours/week)

Levels 5-6 (Advanced)

  • College Prep Courses: Content-based integrative skills class focused on various topics from college majors
  • Advanced Research Writing Courses: Grammar & Writing and Research Writing
  • Elective Courses: Choose two electives at your level
 Program Structure

  • 6 levels of instruction from beginner to advanced
  • 18 hours of instruction per week
  • 2 hours of AE Extended Learning instruction
  • 3 hours of interest groups per week
  • 3-7 hours of outside cultural activities per week
  • 15-20 hours of homework to prepare for classes 


Academic English

How do I qualify?

Academic Requirements: High School diploma
English Requirements:  None, students will be assessed and placed upon arrival 
Age Requirements: No minimum age 

Housing Requirement

Academic English students intending to progress to an Undergraduate Pathway program are required to live in on-campus university housing.

Term Required
Fall Start Fall, Spring
Spring Start Spring
Summer Start Summer, Fall, Spring

Academic English

2017-18 Dates and Prices

Semester Start Dates Tuition
Spring 2018 January 16, 2018 $7,160 per Academic English semester
Summer 2018 May 14, 2018 $7,160 per Academic English semester

2018-19 Dates and Prices

Semester Start Dates Tuition
Fall 2018 August 27, 2017 $7,400 per Academic English semester
Spring 2019 January 15, 2019 $7,400 per Academic English semester
Summer 2019 May 13, 2018 $7,400 per Academic English semester

Program Duration

There are 14 weeks in fall and spring semesters and 12 weeks in the summer semester. Minimum enrollment of one semester is required.


Academic English

What are the progression requirements to the university's degree program?

Program Progression Requirement
Undergraduate 2-Semester Pathway

Completion of Academic English Level 4

Direct Undergraduate Admission  Completion of Academic English Level 5
Graduate 2-Semester Pathway  Completion of Academic English Level 5
Direct Graduate Admission  Completion of Academic English Level 6

What are my degree options after completing Academic English?

Academic English students may progress to any INTO Pathway program or direct admission to a university degree program after achieving the language level required and meeting all other progression requirements.

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 their spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English
  • Write research papers with proper use of citations and references
  • Use the Internet and USF 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 university-level oral presentations

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