One of the ways Harris supports our international students is by helping them build English proficiency and navigate campus resources through the Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program (AEPP)
The AEPP, run by the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Chicago, features interwoven linguistic, cultural, and academic objectives. The curriculum is proficiency-driven, which means you will be academically challenged regardless of your level of English.

In the AEPP, you will: 

  • Build spoken or written Academic English proficiency through meaningful opportunities to improve linguistic performance in a range of North American contexts

  • Establish a working knowledge of the City of Chicago, its history, neighborhoods, cultural diversity, and social issues through readings, films, television programs, and lectures;

  • Meet and network with students and professionals from different countries and areas of expertise.

Registration & Schedule

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. If you have questions about billing, please reach out to the UChicago Bursar’s Office.

The Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program has two sessions:

  • Session 1 August 8 – 29, 2024

  • Session 2 August 29 – September 20, 2024* 

*Please note Session 2 overlaps with Math and Coding Camp. If you wish to participate in both Math and Coding Camp and AEPP, you will need to sign up for session 1 of AEPP. If you are unsure whether you should attend Math and Coding Camp, please take the Math-Self Assessment.

At the start of each session students check in with the English Language Institute to receive their course placement. As of now, AEPP is scheduled to be held in person. If this changes, you will be notified by the English Language Institute. To view the tentative calendar, please visit the AEPP website.

Participation is optional and if you wish to participate in the AEPP, please complete the Harris AEPP Registration Confirmation Form by May 24, 2024.

Please note, enrollment in AEPP does not satisfy the University's language requirements. Conditionally admitted students are still required to provide new TOEFL/IELTS scores.