Since 1978, The American English Institute (AEI) has served 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 by contributing to global/cultural understanding and language development through effective and innovative instruction in a welcoming environment. We support the integration of international students into campus life and work to create a successful academic experience for all learners.


The AEI aspires to be recognized as a center of English language expertise by the University of Oregon community and global partners.

We seek to develop rich intercultural experiences and innovative programming for a diverse population of learners.


At the AEI, we affirm the UO values.

We respect the international and intercultural perspectives of our faculty, staff, and students with emphasis on cultural exchange and sensitivity.

AEI Diversity Action Plan

In support of the University of Oregon’s Diversity Action Plan, the American English Institute is committed to identifying strategies and tactics to support all four goals established by the UO: 

Goal 1: Create an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. 
Goal 2: Increase the representation of diverse students, faculty, staff, and community partners at all levels of the university. 
Goal 3: Facilitate access to achievement, success, and recognition for underrepresented students, faculty, staff, and alumni. 
Goal 4: Leadership will prioritize and incorporate diversity, equity, and inclusion in plans and actions. 

Being an organization that focuses exclusively on an international population, the AEI brings diversity to the UO campus. As the largest hub of international representation, we must meet the needs of each of our students, faculty and staff to ensure a positive and collaborative learning environment. 

View the full AEI Diversity Action Plan