About AEI

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Since 1978, AEI has been a leader in English language teaching, research, and service on the University of Oregon campus and around the world.

The AEI helps...

  • Students learn to use English well.
  • Teachers improve the ways in which they teach English.
  • All of us to better understand each other's cultures!

Mission Statement

The American English Institute (AEI), as a unit of the College of Arts and Science (CAS), serves the educational mission of the University of Oregon through scholarship, English language instruction, and English language professional training. The AEI champions the University’s mission of internationalization and is a leader in helping achieve the University’s goals for diversity and student success. The AEI supports the University in the integration of international students into all aspects of campus life, and collaborates with faculty across campus toward creating a successful academic experience for all international students.

The AEI seeks to attract and train the highest caliber of international students. The curricula of the AEI’s on site and online programs are informed by language acquisition and pedagogical research and are the foundation for fostering the language and academic skills necessary for academic and lifelong success. To achieve the University’s and AEIs shared mission, the AEI is committed to further developing and enhancing: 

  • International student academic success
  • Support to campus faculty teaching international students
  • Creative leadership in innovative language pedagogy
  • Excellence in faculty development and support for faculty research
  • An engaging teaching and learning environment
  • Graduate education support in the Department of Linguistics

In 2013 the AEI administration, faculty and staff drafted a new five-year strategic plan and renewed our pledge to further strengthen collaboration with UO departments, schools, colleges, and support units.

AEI is a unit of the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) at the University of Oregon (UO)

AEI is proud to be part of the College of Arts and Sciences on the beautiful main campus in Eugene, Oregon. UO places a high value on its many international ties. AEI and UO work hard together to help international students succeed in their studies.


A certificate of completion is awarded upon the successful completion of Level 6 core classes. All students also receive grade reports at the end of each term. In addition, we work with other groups to offer the following: MA in Linguistics with a Language Teaching Specialty (through UO Linguistics), Certificate in Second Language Acquisition and Teaching (through UO Linguistics), Teacher training course certificates (especially in cooperation with the U.S. Department of State).

The AEI is Accredited




The American English Institute (AEI), a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), is accredited through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), the regional authority on educational quality and institutional effectiveness for the Northwest region. The AEI serves the educational mission of the University of Oregon through scholarship, English language instruction, and English language professional training. The AEI champions the University's mission of internationalization and is a leader in helping achieve the University's goals for diversity and student success.

EnglishUSA supports all types of intensive English programs (IEPs).  With a membership of over 400 accredited IEPs, EnglishUSA is the largest membership organization dedicated to serving and supporting IEPs in the United States. EnglishUSA supports the professional development of IEP leaders and staff, uphold professional standards for IEPs, and increase the visibility of IEPs in the United States. AEI faculty and staff regularly present and participate in EnglishUSA events.


The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) is a specialized accrediting agency that focuses on post-secondary intensive English language programs and institutions. CEA’s purpose is to provide a systematic approach by which programs and institutions can demonstrate their compliance with accepted standards, pursue continuous improvement, and be recognized for doing so. CEA conducts accreditation activities in the U.S. and internationally. Many AEI faculty and administrators are CEA Site Reviewers. AEI is proud to have been accredited for over 15 years. For more information about this accreditation, please contact:

Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630
Alexandria, VA 22314 USA
Phone: +1 703-665-3400
Fax: +1 703-519-2071
Email: info@cea-accredit.org
Website: www.cea-accredit.org

To file a complaint against an accredited program follow these steps (downloadable .pdf).


UCIEP is an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English programs in the United States. Founded in 1967, UCIEP's purpose is to advance professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs at universities and colleges in the United States. AEI became a member of UCIEP in 1994 and  administrators have been active professional and on the Executive Board ever since.


The University of Oregon and the AEI are active members of Study Oregon. Study Oregon is a consortium of Oregon colleges, universities, high schools, and English as a Second Language (ESL) schools that welcomes and helps to support international students who wish to pursue a wide array of degrees, diplomas, and certificates on the beautiful Pacific Northwest of the USA.


The AEI has been a member of NAFSA's International Education programs for over 30 years. NAFSA serves international educators and their institutions and organizations by establishing principles of good practice, providing training and professional development opportunities, providing networking opportunities, and advocating for international education.

EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries, where millions of international students each year find accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The EducationUSA network is supported by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which strives to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.


TESOL seeks to advance professional expertise in English language teaching and learning for speakers of other languages worldwide.