English Programs

English Programs

Established in 1978, the American English Institute is one of the largest centers for English language learning in the United States and a world leader in its field. The AEI is a unit of the College of Arts and Sciences.

The American English Institute (AEI) offers English language programs on the University of Oregon (UO) campus, online, and in countries worldwide. We offer consulting and development of curriculum, materials, and assessments including overseas training and custom and hybrid 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 or masters degrees, are committed to helping students like you improve their English language skills and experience American academic culture. We provide skilled advising and instruction.

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Intensive English

Want to attend an American university? Our 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 offer a comprehensive curriculum of core classes, electives, and extracurricular programming.


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


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

Online Courses

The American English Institue has delivered English language learning programs online. Since 1996, the American English Institute has 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 English teacher training programs online, on the University of Oregon (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 also work to provide practical workshops on a variety of topics in tandem with other departments or programs, upon request.

Custom Programs & Partnerships

Upon request, we 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.