English Programs

English Programs

Intensive English

Do you want to attend an American university? The Intensive English Program (IEP) is a great way to get ready for academic studies. Whether your goal is to improve your English or simply get accustomed to academic life in the United States, our IEP is an excellent place to start. We offer a comprehensive curriculum of core classes, electives, and extracurricular programming.


The Academic English for International Students (AEIS) program helps currently enrolled international students develop advanced expertise in English. AEIS courses are credit bearing and count toward UO graduation requirements. The only way to be exempt from the AEIS program is with a qualifying TOEFL or IELTS score.


The Intensive English Program (IEP) provides a number of courses, workshops, and services to support students seeking graduate degrees. These offerings include English language and academic courses (e.g., research and writing, critical reading and graduate discussion skills, Statement of Purpose writing, and assistance in researching potential programs in their fields.

Online Courses

Since 1996, we have been a leader in providing online programs and courses for English language learners. During this time, we have served thousands of learners in more than 200 countries around the world.

Teacher Training

We offer teacher training programs for English as a foreign language teachers online, on the UO campus, and in countries worldwide. Our courses combine theory with practice in the latest teaching methods, and include face-to-face or virtual class observations, visits to local schools, and cultural events. Our faculty can also provide practical workshops on a variety of topics in tandem with other departments or programs.

Custom Programs and Partnerships

The AEI can create programs that can be specifically customized for universities, schools, government entities, and other organizations. Such programs may last from a few weeks to several months to multiple terms.



Established in 1978, the American English Institute (AEI) is a leading center for English language learning in the United States and a world leader in its field. We are a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The AEI offers English language programs on the University of Oregon (UO) campus, online, and in countries worldwide. We also offer consulting for progams needing help with development of curriculum, materials, and assessments. This can happen online and/or onsite in custom programs. The AEI was created for people like you—smart, talented students and professionals from around the world who want to improve their English skills.

Our faculty, all of whom hold master’s degrees and many with doctorates, are committed to helping students like you improve their English language skills and experience American academic culture. We provide skilled advising and instruction.

Come take the first step.