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Short-term Programs

The Applied English Center designs special programs for sponsored groups. We take pride in customizing each program to meet the needs of the sponsoring group. Past programs have focused on English teacher-training, academic and cultural orientation, conversational English, business English and vocational ESL. Where appropriate, faculty and staff from other academic fields, schools or businesses assist in program development and instruction. Session length and dates are set to meet each group's needs.

Each program has a custom-tailored curriculum and orientation program. Unique field trips, cultural enrichment activities, visits to local schools, businesses, and community groups, housing arrangements, and transportation and cross-cultural advising services are included with each program.


Pre-Arrival Information
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 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents
The Applied English Center offers field trips and conversation groups to our students