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Academic English Program - University Of Washington

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Prepare for Academic Success

Academic English Program (AEP) courses at the University of Washington are designed to support the success of non-native English speaking students by building confidence and developing key academic reading, writing and communication skills. You'll prepare for success at the UW by developing strategies you can use throughout your academic experience.

All multilingual students who speak English as a second language are welcome to take AEP courses. The courses also satisfy the UW English language proficiency requirement for both undergraduate and graduate students.

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Course Offerings

AEP offers two academic reading and writing courses and one communication strategies course, as well as a specialized training course for international teaching assistants.

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Students who have not met the UW English language proficiency requirement are placed into AEP courses according to test scores from the TOEFL iBT, IELTS, SAT or ACT.

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