August 4 - 27, 2021


The University of Chicago's Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP) is an approximately three-week summer program designed to support incoming international students who have not studied in the United States previously. The program is run by the English Language Institute in direct partnership with Harris. The program seeks to:

  • Improve speaking proficiency in academic and professional contexts
  • Develop skills needed to succeed in a rigorous academic environment
  • Introduce the cultural and professional resources at the University of Chicago
  • Expose incoming students to the rich culture of historic and present-day Chicago

For further detail, please watch this overview video created by the English Language Institute and UChicago GRAD.


The cost of the program is $700 for Master's students, which includes placement testing, weekday academic English classes, Friday workshops, weekend cultural programming, course materials, and advising. Additional orientation programming will also be offered by Harris during the language program to ensure that participants have a smooth transition into Harris.

If you are required to attend the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program, you will be contacted directly by Harris administration via email and register for the program.

The cost of the program will be billed to your student account during mid-August.


The Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program will be held in early August 2021.  A detailed schedule will be available in summer 2021.

Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program website

Prior to the start of AEPP, Harris will host a virtual welcome session for all international students on Tuesday, August 3rd from 8:30-10:30am Chicago Time. The session will include an overview from Harris staff, the Office of International Affairs, information on getting to know campus and a space for students to get to know each other. More information about the session and an RSVP link will be available in July.