Short Term Programs

Short Term Programs

The Applied English Center designs special programs for sponsored groups. We take pride in customizing each program to meet the needs of the sponsoring group. Past programs have focused on English teacher-training, academic and cultural orientation, conversational English, business English and vocational ESL. Where appropriate, faculty and staff from other academic fields, schools or businesses assist in program development and instruction. Session length and dates are set to meet each group's needs.

Each program has a custom-tailored curriculum and orientation program. Unique field trips, cultural enrichment activities, visits to local schools, businesses, and community groups, housing arrangements, and transportation and counseling services are included with each program. Click on one of the programs listed below to view its specific information.

"Five years later, I still miss KU, the AEC classes and all the people I met there. Actually, that year was really the best of my life. Go there, you'll see, it's wonderful!"

Laurence Naccarato, France


Indonesia English Language Study Program

May 29 - July 28, 2012

The Indonesia English Language Study Program (IELSP) is a scholarship program that grants undergraduate students across Indonesia the opportunity to attend an eight-week intensive English program at a University located in the United States. Participants will take regular AEC course along with other international students studying at KU. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute of International Education.


Fulbright Pre-academic Program

June 28 - August 10, 2012

Each summer the AEC works with new Fulbright grantees before they begin their graduate studies at universities across the country. This three-week English and orientation program is sponsored by the US Department of State and administered by the Institute for International Education.


Meikai Program

September 3 - September 18, 2012

In September, the AEC welcomes short-term program students from Meikai University in Japan for three weeks. These students live on campus, study English language and American culture, go on field trips, interact with native-speaker conversation leaders, and have many experiences on campus and in the community.


Kanagawa Program

Spring 2013

Every winter, students from Kanagawa University in Hiratsuka, Japan, come to the AEC for our longest-running Special Program. Highlights include morning English classes, cultural visits to places on campus and in Lawrence, American roommates, AEC Ambassadors (KU students) who help and give advice, field trips to Kansas City and Topeka, an overnight stay with an American family, and a Jayhawk basketball game!


English Language Certificate Program for High School English Teachers from Brazil

Spring 2013

This six-week program will help teachers improve their English language proficiency, most especially in the area of oral communication. The program will also provide teachers in-service English language study and practice in TEFL methodology, with exposure to U.S. culture and society.

Past Programs


JFDP Language Training Program

The AEC worked with Junior Faculty Development Program participants from Central Asia and Eastern Europe before they began their semester of research at universities across the country. This four-week English and orientation program was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and administered by the Institute for International Education.


Négoçia Program

The Negocia Program was a 10-week study abroad program for French business students. While at KU, students lived on campus, attended English language and American culture classes as well as KU Business School classes, went on field trips and completed a research project on a local Lawrence business.

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