Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Pre-Academic Program


to the University of Kansas Applied English Center.  Congratulations on your award of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship.  We are looking forward to meeting you and working with you during your time in Kansas. 

Your program will provide necessary English language training, and academic, professional and cultural orientation to assist with your transition into U.S. academic and professional settings.  Through structured and informal learning activities, you will enhance your English skills, deepen your understanding of American society and the parameters of research activities, and get to know the American Midwest and its citizens.

To assist you in your adjustment to the American cultural reality, cross-cultural awareness and an appreciation of the dimensions of cultural diversity in the U.S. will be a component of the program.  You will also have opportunities to meet a variety of members of the university faculty and local community in support of this intellectual and personal adjustment.

We hope the information on this site will answer all of your questions.  If you need more information, please email your question to

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This eight-week English and orientation program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE). Only participants selected by the sponsor are eligible for the program.


Travel Information

The Pre-academic Program arrival date is June 6, 2015.

It is very important that you arrive on time for your program.

As soon as you receive your itinerary, please email a scanned copy of your complete itinerary to Geri Lamer at

Arrival at Airport 

  • Once you have gotten off the plane, an AEC staff member will be waiting for you at the gate with a sign that reads: UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS WELCOMES SUMMER HUMPHREY FELLOWS.
  • The staff member will help you find your luggage and catch the next shuttle to Lawrence. In some cases, you may need to wait at the airport for an hour or so.
  • The staff member will have a welcome packet full of information for you and will be happy to answer any questions you have while you wait.
  • If you have a delay at any point on your journey, please contact Marie Osterhaus at (316) 734-0375. She will reschedule you on a later shuttle and make sure a staff member meets you when you land.
  • There will also be an AEC staff member at the residence hall where you will be living to help you get checked in when you arrive in Lawrence.

We hope your journey is a safe one and we look forward to meeting you.

Housing and Meals


Fellows will live in Templin Hall on the University of Kansas campus.

Each Fellow will have a private bedroom with a shared bathroom and living room (2 men share 1 bathroom; 2 women share 1 bathroom.) Amenities include the following:   furnished with bed, desk and chair, dresser and closet; wireless internet in room and common areas; laundry and vending machines; bus service; large-screen TVs in central living rooms; 24-hour staffed main desk; 24-hour card swipe security.

You will be provided with bed linens, a pillow and a towel.


  • Fellows will have a full meal plan and will eat their meals at the Ekdahl Dining Commons, informally called “Mrs. E’s.” This dining hall is located within easy walking distance of your residence halls. It features “food court-style” service, where different stations offer specialized items such as pasta, salads, sandwiches, a pizzeria, and a grill. Diners can choose from 8-10 different entrees at each meal. The dining commons provide wrap-around windows and a spectacular view of campus. 
  • For those observing Ramadan
    • We have made arrangements with Mrs. E’s to make meals for everyone observing Ramadan that can be picked up during the regular dinner mealtime and eaten once the sun has set.  You will be able to choose from their regular vegetarian selections, plus they will prepare a fish and rice dish each evening.  Unfortunately, Mrs. E’s does not have the facilities for working with Halel meat, but they are happy to prepare fish/seafood and rice for our Muslim participants.   
    • The AEC will provide transportation to the Islamic Center in Lawrence on Friday evenings for the breaking of the fast if you would like to join the Lawrence Muslim community for that meal. 
    • Also, for your information, summer days in Kansas are quite long!  During the time you are here, the sun will rise around 6:00 a.m. and set around 9:00 p.m.  The days will continue to get a bit shorter each day throughout July and August, but 14 ½ - 15 hours of daylight will be the average for your fasting dates.

In case of sickness, you should first go to the Watkins Student Health Center on campus.


  • As a student at the Applied English Center, you will be eligible for the full services offered by the Watkins Student Health Center at KU. You must have your KUID with you to receive medical treatment.
  • There is a charge for many services, including medications, x-rays and minor surgery. You or your health insurance company must pay these charges.
  • Prescriptions filled at the Student Health Center are not free, but they are less expensive than other pharmacies.
  • Dental care is not available at Watkins.

Regular office hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

During student breaks, hours are:

  • Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 4:30pm
  • Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Sunday: Closed

Appointment Line: 785-864-9507
Pharmacy: 785-864-9512
Automated Line: 785-864-9500
Emergency: 911

Health Insurance

You will be covered by KU student health insurance.

As a full-time student at the AEC, you will be able to see a doctor for free while you are at KU.

Any medical tests, medications or treatments you receive will be partially covered by your insurance but you will also be responsible for part of these costs.  The exact distribution of charges will depend upon which tests, medication or treatments you require but, in general, insurance covers about 80% of your medical charges. 

Medical Check-in

In order to be enrolled at KU, you must have:

  • one (1) Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) vaccination
  • a Tuberculosis questionnaire

If you have an official vaccination record that shows you have already taken the MMR and/or Meningitis vaccinations in your home country, you can bring it with you. The record must be in English, show the date you took the vaccination, and be signed by a doctor. 

If your vaccination record is not in English, you can print the form found at this link and ask your doctor to fill it out and sign it.

In the US, the MMR vaccination contains three vaccines – one each for Measles, Mumps and Rubella.  In your country each of these vaccines might be given separately.  Your records must show two vaccinations for each disease.

If you do not have the correct vaccination record, you will be required to take the vaccinations here. 

  • Your insurance will cover 100% of the cost of these required immunizations. 
  • If you think you have had these vaccinations but don’t have a record, the staff at Watkins will offer you the possibility of taking a blood test (called a titer test) to check your immunity levels. 
Speaking & Listening for Professional Purposes

The goal of this course is to provide optimal opportunities for you to see the bridge between strong oral skills and successful performance in professional contexts. You will develop and practice oral presentation skills organized around themes about aspects of US culture and history linked to the U.S. Midwest and their areas of study. You will also participate in seminar-style discussions and practice common forms of oral exchange in professional contexts, such as reporting, presenting cases, debating, posing and answering questions. A pronunciation lab in one of the university’s digital language labs will provide pronunciation support for course tasks.

Making Professional Presentations

You will work on language and academic skills needed for short presentations in a U.S. higher education or professional context. You will hone professional presentation skills using information from your field of study and about your society. During the last week of the program, you will give a presentation on a topic of interest in your field of study.

Professional and Academic Writing

You will concentrate on developing writing skills for the higher education and professional settings, including how to write a critical summary, produce a technical report, build an argument, and draw a conclusion. The course will also offer practice in writing cover letters and writing for E-mail communication and Netiquette.

Reading for Meaning

You will concentrate on academic reading skills including skimming, scanning, reading for thorough comprehension, and critical reading.  Emphasis is also placed on building academic vocabulary and understanding vocabulary from context. Readings and vocabulary building practice will be drawn from texts about American culture and society and grantees’ fields of study.

Building Research Skills

You will be introduced to U. S. expectations for research reports in the U.S. professional and higher education settings. You will learn the conventions of research documentation including citing appropriately, avoiding plagiarism and creating a bibliography. Research tasks and writing topics will be tailored to your degree areas. The primary goal is for you to research, write, and cite appropriately on a topic in your field of study by the end of the program. Additionally, the course will include an introduction to library research, individualized data base search tutorials, and a Spencer Research Library tour. 

Computer Skills for Professionals

This course covers skills to enhance and accelerate research in your profession using technology.  It starts with MS-Word and formatting long documents.  You have the option of learning how to use the built-in reference system in MS-Word.  Additionally, the course introduces EndNote, reference software offered by most universities to import and organize sources and automatically insert citations and create the works cited page.  In Excel, you practice sorting and organizing data for easy input into statistical packages, create graphs, and learn how to interface Excel and Word. This course also offers one session on cyber safety.  

Sample Calendar

Field Trips
Trip to Topeka
  • Topeka is the state capital for Kansas.  While in Topeka, you will visit the capitol building where Kansas government does business
  • You will also visit the National Historic Site commemorating the Brown v Board of Education case.  The story of Brown v. Board of Education, which ended legal segregation in public schools, is one of hope and courage. The U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education (1954) is one of the most pivotal opinions ever rendered by that body. This landmark decision highlights the U.S. Supreme Court’s role in affecting changes in national and social policy.
Trip to Kansas City
  • The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is internationally recognized for its outstanding collection of more than 33,500 objects. From ancient times to modern day, this encyclopedic museum is one of the best in the country, offering visitors the opportunity to explore civilization through the eyes of painters, sculptors, craftsmen, and many other artists. The Nelson-Atkins is free to all visitors.
  • The Plaza's popularity and reputation has been recognized around the country. The entire 15-block district, with more than 150 shops and dozens of fine restaurants, makes The Country Club Plaza Kansas City's premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination.
US Independence Day
  • On the 4th of July, you will have a chance to see how Lawrence celebrates US Independence Day.  After dark, you will join Lawrence families by the river for an ice cream social and a fireworks display with lots of patriotic music and fun.
Day at Clinton Lake
  • You will visit a local lake for a relaxing day. You will have a picnic, play volleyball and soccer, and have a chance to go for a swim in the lake.
Optional Activities
Contact Information

The office is open from 8:00am - 5:00pm, Monday - Friday. You may call the office to contact Aaron Huerter or an AEC instructor during those hours. During the evenings or weekends, if you need to speak with someone from the AEC, you should call Aaron Huerter.

Geri Lamer
Office: (785) 864-1321

Margaret Coffey
Office: (785) 864-1307

Aaron Huerter (Contact for emergencies)
Office: (785) 864-5316
(785) 845-504

Marie Osterhaus
Office: (785) 864-1496

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 three units: the Intensive English Program, Short-term Programs, and KU Outreach 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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