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Intensive Academic English Program for Undergraduates

Our Mission

The Intensive Academic English Program (IEP) prepares undergraduate students to perform effectively within the English-medium liberal arts context of The American University in Cairo (AUC) and in similar academic environments. Students in this program develop their academic English and critical and reflective thinking skills through a content-based learning approach that fosters collaborative and independent learning, commitment to academic integrity, and community engagement. In small learner-centered classes, using multimedia and inquiry-based learning, IEP students are empowered to meet the demands of the freshman program at AUC.

The IEP is fully accredited by the Commission for English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).


The Intensive Academic English Program (IEP) has two levels: ELIN 0101 (Intermediate) and ELIN 0102 (Advanced). Students are placed in one of the two levels according to their scores on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-Based Test (TOEFL-iBT).

Undergraduate students in the Intensive Academic English Program (IAEP) are allowed to take up to a full calendar year to reach either the level of academic english for the liberal arts (ENGL 0210) or the freshman level (RHET 1010). For example, students entering the IAEP in the spring who do not reach the required level of academic English (either ENGL 0210 or RHET 1010) by the end of that semester may attend the summer session and the following fall semester in order to do so. If, at the end of one calendar year, a student still has not attained the required level, he or she will be suspended.


Students in all undergraduate IEP classes take five-hour classes, four times a day. Classes meet from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Interact effectively with academic content in English through reading, writing, listening and speaking.
  • Demonstrate their ability to think critically.
  • Utilize information and digital literacy skills.
  • Demonstrate behavior and attitudes appropriate to a university environment.

Students will acquire a range of academic vocabulary and knowledge of grammar as they explore academic content through readings, live lectures, listening activities and Internet-based research. They will apply this knowledge in writing, class discussions and oral presentations.

This will be accomplished through the following modules:

  • Module 1: This introduces students to foundational language and academic skills they will need at university. 
  • In Modules 2 and 3: Students continue to develop these skills using themes, materials and activities based on university courses.
  • In Module 4: Students reflect on and share what they have learned.

The IEP also has several computer labs, which are used both during class time and in open access hours outside class time. Students use these labs for language practice, word processing and access to the Internet and email.

All IEP (ELIN 0101 and ELIN 0102) students are evaluated according to the following assessment measures:

  • A teacher evaluation in each skill area of their work during the semester
  • A number of assessment tasks administered during the semester and
  •  An ELIN 0101/0102 final test at the end of the semester covering all skill areas and including a 75-minute essay

Student placement for the next semester is based on scores on the assessment measures listed above.


The IEP teachers and staff members are very interested,n ot only in student progress in English, but also in helping to solve any problems or answering any questions students may have. All teachers, therefore, are ready to meet during their office hours or by appointment to discuss matters of concern. In addition, the IEP director is happy to meet with students at any time regarding questions or problems.

The Office of Student Support, located in the Academic Center, also has a staff of trained people available to help students with various types of problems. Students may go there and inquire about the different services that are available.  For more information, visit the Office of Student Support page on the AUC website.

Students may take advantage of the channels above for help or advice in order to remain productive and successful in the IEP, and at the same time, provide a solid basis for success at AUC.