English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP)

Program Description

The English for Academic Purposes program is for ESL undergraduate and graduate students as well as exchange students required to or hoping to improve and develop their academic English language proficiency skills. Each three-credit course counts as a general elective towards graduation in most undergraduate majors.

Students required to take EAP courses have priority in registering for these courses. Once the required students register, if there are available seats, the EAP classes will be made available to other international students. Students who are not required may place their names on waiting lists for the classes they would like to take.

Registration for all EAP classes requires special permission. Students may obtain permission from the Coordinator for ESL Programs at 151 Marano Campus Center. 

EAP Course Descriptions

  • ENG101 Composition I-International is designed to develop fundamental writing skills, especially for those students with little experience in writing. The course emphasizes sentence, paragraph, and essay structure as well as standard American conventions of grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • ENG102 Composition II-International is designed to instruct the student in rhetorical modes and the basic techniques of expository prose, in critical reading, and in research methods.
  • ENG103 Advanced Listening Comprehension focuses on developing listening skills necessary for success in a U.S. academic setting. Students learn strategies for listening to academic lectures, practice note-taking skills, and participate in fast-paced classroom discussions.
  • ENG104 Advanced Reading focuses on increasing reading speed and comprehension of academic written texts and vocabulary. Exercises, discussions, and note-taking assignments are used to critically analyze academic texts.
  • ENG 105 Advanced Spoken English provides a structured opportunity to develop fluency in spoken English. Class members study and practice speaking skills needed in a U.S. academic setting as well as in U.S. society in general.

Undergraduate degree requirements

For undergraduate degree programs, students require minimum TOEFL scores of 79 iBT or 6.5 IELTS to register for courses in their major in the fall or spring semester.

Students with minimum TOEFL scores of 72-78 or 6.0 IELTS will be registered into credit courses in the Summer Intensive English Program to improve and develop their academic English language skills. Upon completion of the Summer Intensive English Program, students with TOEFL scores below 550 will be registered into two English for Academic Purposes courses, currently offered in the fall semester that count as Arts and Science electives towards graduation.

MBA Program

Students interested in the graduate MBA degree will be required to submit GMAT verbal and written scores as well as minimum IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 83iBT. Applicants with TOEFL scores of 79 or 6.0 IELTS may be considered for conditional admission into the fall semester. Conditionally admitted students will be required to enroll into the Summer Intensive English program. Depending on their level of English proficiency upon completion of the Summer Intensive English Program, students may be required to register into courses within the English for Academic Purposes Program, currently offered in the fall semester.

If you would like more information about the program, or if to know if you will be required to take EAP courses, send an email with your questions and IELTS or TOEFL scores to esl@oswego.edu.