English for Academic Purposes (EAP)


What is it? 

The EAP is a six-level program based on the Council of Europe Common European Framework of References for Languages (2001). We offer classes to students who have intermediate to advanced English language ability. Our focus is on helping students enter and succeed in the American university life.


Who is it for?

The EAP exists for students and professionals, age 18 and above. 97% of EAP students come from all over the world, usually on F-1 (student) visas. A few students are either U.S. citizens or residents.


All EAP students must be able to communicate (read, speak, listen and write) in basic English to study in the EAP (beginning January 2016). Basic English means that students

• can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases

can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details

• can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help


*Students who are not able to read and write in English, from January 2016 on, will not be admitted into the program



How long is the program?  

The EAP runs on two 8-week sessions per semester. Students are placed in a level, from Intermediate A to Advanced B, and then study at that level for the session. The program can be completed within 1 to ½ year depending on the student initial level placement.

When can I enter the IEP? 

There are five entry points per year. Read the application form for specific details.


What level do students enter when they begin?

All new students are given placement tests when they arrive so we can place them into the most appropriate level.

When are classes?  

The English for Academic Purposes program classes meet a total 20 hours per week during fall, spring, and summer sessions. EAP classes may be anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. In the past, most classes have been in the afternoon, but that is changing. Students should be ready to attend any class time that is assigned to them.

What are the courses?  

The EAP has three courses:

         a.     Reading and Writing: 8 hours a week.

         b.     Listening and Speaking: 6 hours a week.

         c.     Applying Grammar: 6 hours a week.


*Workshops, tutorials, and additional classes might be scheduled from 2:00-2:50pm during Spring and Summer semesters of 2016.


Is there homework?  

Of course.  The homework is designed to help students practice developing skills as quickly as possible. You should be prepared to work on your homework a minimum of 3-4 hours every day! This will help you have a solid preparation for your future university courses.


Are there computer labs? 

 YES.  The ELI has two modern computer labs, each with 18-20 PCs, 38 total, with internet connections, digital projectors, etc.


What other resources are available?  

IEP students have the following resources:

ELI reading library - with many books for each level of reading

Language Acquisition Center (LAC) - which has a pleasant lounge, and many DVDs and CDs for students to check out and use.

Conversation Club.  1-2 hours a week outside of class

TOEFL + IELTS preparation course. This is an elective course that students may sign up for, and pay extra for if they are interesed.


Newspapers - on first floor (free)

 Friday evening discussion groups. This is run by ISI, a local group with a long-term relationship with UTA/ELI.

Access to UTA's shuttle bus (to shopping on Saturdays--fee)

Access to UTA's excellent activities center (optional fee)


Access to Arlington's bus shuttle to the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) train (provides weekday service to Dallas and Fort Worth)


How can I get answers to my questions? 

The friendly ELI office staff will be happy to answer your questions. Visit them in Hammond Hall 402!  


Nantawat Samermit

ELI Admissions Counselor


Contact them at:

Email:      eliadmissions@uta.edu

Phone:      817-272-2730

Fax:          817-272-2731

In-person: 402 Hammond Hall, 701 Planetarium Place, Arlington, Texas  76019-0560


We look forward to seeing you !