Review the different options below to determine which of our programs best suits your needs.
Intensive English Program (IEP)
This program is the only program for which an I-20 is issued, so that students may apply for a student visa.
The Intensive English Program is for:
- Students who need to become proficient in English so that they can be accepted into academic programs at the University of Kentucky and other U.S. colleges and universities.
- Students admitted to degree programs who need to improve their English language skills.
- Non-students who have other reasons (business, social, personal) for wishing to improve their English.
The Semi-Intensive English Program
Students in the Semi-Intensive ESL Program are not eligible for I-20s for visa purposes.
The Semi-Intensive ESL Program at the University of Kentucky is designed for participants who are already in the United States in some capacity: visiting faculty, exchange visitors, employees of local companies, post-docs, residents of Lexington and surrounding areas, graduate students or spouses of graduate students and faculty, and others who do not need a student visa.
English for Academic Purposes (EAP)
English for Academic Purposes is a new program designed for international undergraduate students to help them prepare academically and culturally for the challenges of university life and gain three credits for each EAP class completed. Students may elect to take all four courses, two in the Fall and two in the Spring of their first year of academic work. They may also test out of courses by doing the Compass ESL test and an interview with the EAP screening team.
Any UK student can sign up for these classes.
No classes are currently offered. Please check back next semester.
Specialty classes are intended only for advanced students of English as a Second Language, unless otherwise noted. The intent of these classes is not to improve the general level of English (although this usually happens as a happy side effect) but rather to concentrate on special points of language and to fix the problems that participants encounter. In this sense, they are "fix-it" classes.
Because of the intensity of these classes, class size is usually kept small (8-12 participants). Classes may be of any length, but are usually 4-6 weeks in duration.
Go Teacher Ecuador, Korea, Oman, and Iraq
The websites for each Special Program can be accessed by clicking on the program name (when available): Ecuador, Korea, Oman, and Iraq.
Where do I go from here?
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