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English For Academic Purposes

About the Program

This highly-interactive six-week intensive English experience has been specifically designed for undergraduate and graduate students who have been accepted to the University of Michigan or another U.S. university for the fall term.  You will learn and practice the language skills you need to participate effectively in classes, seminars, and labs. You will also learn about the culture of the U.S. university environment in order to transition smoothly into your academic program. You will continue learning outside the classroom through unique community-based learning opportunities in which you will gain insight into U.S. culture and practice communicating with a diverse range of Americans. You will also make friends and get to know the Ann Arbor area.

What Will I Gain?

You will become more confident using English in academic and social situations and prepare for your academic program. Specifically, you will:

  • Improve your spoken and written English, in particular, your ability to follow standard       conventions of academic writing
  • Develop strategies to establish yourself as a member of an academic community
  • Identify and correct your own errors in speaking and writing
  • Recognize important aspects of American academic culture
  • Learn to navigate Ann Arbor and the U-M campus
  • Communicate with diverse members of the local community
  • Make friends and begin to build social and professional networks


Program Structure

EAP is an intensive six-week language and culture program. This highly interactive course of study incorporates elements from the ELI’s renowned research-based English for Academic Purposes curriculum in order to prepare students for study at top U.S. research universities.

EAP includes the following course components:

  • Academic Writing, Reading and Vocabulary
  • Academic Listening and Speaking
  • Pronunciation
  • Academic Presentations
  • Interactive Speaking and Academic Culture*
  • Community-Based Language and Culture Practicum*

Classes meet approximately twenty hours per week, Monday through Friday. Small class size and student-teacher conferences provide participants with extensive individual attention. A certificate of completion is awarded to participants who fulfill all program requirements.

*Interactive Speaking and the Community-Based Language and Culture Practicum meet with the English for Legal Studies (ELS) Summer Program.

Attendance at all class sessions, active participation in all classroom activities, and the completion of homework assignments is mandatory for all students. Late arrivals and early departures from the program are not permitted. Any exceptions must be approved IN ADVANCE by the ELI Director and the appropriate U-M Admissions office.

Who Provides the Instruction?

The EAP instructional staff consists of members of the English Language Institute’s distinguished faculty along with other world-class instructors, all of whom have advanced credentials and extensive experience teaching English for Academic Purposes.

Language and Culture Beyond the Curriculum

The EAP program is committed to helping participants expand their use of English in social settings, so a variety of social events are included in the summer schedule. In addition, participants in the EAP program have access to U-M libraries and computing centers on campus. Access to sports and fitness facilities is available for a small fee.

Prepare Yourself for Your Academic Program

The best way to prepare yourself for the demands of an American university is to attend the English Language Institute’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) summer program. This six-week intensive program is designed especially for graduate and undergraduate students who will be starting degree programs at the University of Michigan or other top universities in the U.S. In this program, you will improve your ability to use English in a university context, enhance your understanding of U.S. academic culture, and familiarize yourself with the campus and setting at the University of Michigan. You will also learn more about yourself and how to make the most of your educational experience.