August 6 – 28, 2020


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.  This year, the AEPP will be offered in a virtual format to safeguard the health of our community in light of the COVID virus and to promote connection between students who are able to be in Chicago and those who are not. 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 August 6  – August 28, 2020.

Harris AEPP Welcome Programming will be held on Thursday, August 6th from 9:00am – 10:25am CDT and is designed to ensure that participants have a smooth transition into Harris. The programming will include, presentations from the Office of International Affairs, Harris Student Life, Diversity and Inclusion, Career Development Office and a current student panel. The session will be recorded if you are unable to attend. We hope to see you there! Please register for the session at your earliest convenience.

Academic English Pre-Matriculation Program website