The Academic English for International Students (AEIS) program helps international students develop advanced expertise in English. Students take regular UO courses while enrolled in the AEIS program. 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 listed here.
AEIS courses help students develop the skills they need for communication, cultural integration, and participation in the academic environment of the university.
Academic English courses at the 100 level carry graduation credit (4 credits per course) and are graded. AEIS courses are taught by faculty in the American English Institute (AEI) in the Linguistics Department.
Global Bridge iFIGs
Global Bridge International First-Year Interest Groups (iFIGs) provide a great first-year experience for international students. This program is for students who enter UO in the fall term and whose placement test scores put them into a full, six-course load of AEIS courses. Students in Global Bridge iFIGs will take their required AEIS courses in a package with other university courses that satisfy core education requirements. The Global Bridge Program is required for students who test into a full load of AEIS courses. More information about the Global Bridge iFIGs can be found on the First Year Programs website.
AEIS writing classes and Writing 121
Students who place into AEIS writing classes are strongly advised by the Composition Department to finish their AEIS writing requirements BEFORE taking Writing 121. AEIS writing classes help students become familiar with the basic conventions of American academic writing. Developing these skills in AEIS courses allows students to be more successful in Composition courses and avoid having to retake them. 121 transfer credit does NOT exempt students from taking AEIS writing classes.
Note: AEIS classes are paid with University tuition, not tuition paid directly to the AEI. The AEI does not charge the students for this service.
For questions about AEIS requirements or testing, see the FAQ's.
Placement testing helps to decide which courses students need, and students register for and complete their AEIS requirements in their first year of study.
AEIS Advising Office
215 Agate Hall