Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program


The Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP) is a rigorous yet tremendously rewarding course designed to build oral proficiency in North American English. This three-week intensive course is for incoming international degree-seeking students for whom English is an additional language and who have not previously lived or studied in the United States. The AEPP features interwoven linguistic, cultural, and academic objectives, and students interact with a range of native and non-native English speakers as they explore UChicago, Hyde Park, and the City of Chicago. Our curriculum is tiered, which means students will be seriously challenged regardless of their level of English.
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To register, (i) express your interest via Slate, (ii) contact your department, or (iii) contact the ELI at

In the AEPP students:

  • Build spontaneous speaking skills in fast-paced, high-stress academic and non-academic contexts and refine knowledge of linguistic pragmatics, including register (formality);
  • Improve pronunciation, word stress, and intonation and gain an in-depth understanding of how different ‘foreign accents’ are perceived by people in the United States;
  • Engage deeply with the people and places in Chicago, learning about its past, present and possible future, while exploring its incredible diversity, including the varieties of English spoken in the city;
  • Meet and network with students and professionals from different countries and areas of expertise.