English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP)

Program Description

The English for Academic Purposes program is for undergraduate and graduate students as well as exchange students hoping to improve and develop their academic English skills. Each three-credit course counts as an Arts and Science elective towards graduation in most undergraduate majors.

Students with lower incoming ESL scores have priority in registering for EAP courses. If there are available seats, the EAP classes will be made available to other international students.

Registration for all EAP classes requires permission. Please send an email to esl@oswego.edu if you would like to register to EAP courses. 

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, the minimum required score for TOEFL iBT is 71 and for IELTS is  6.0. With the minimum requirement you can enroll in your academic classes, you will also be recommended to take one to three EAP courses. If your TOEFL iBT is 79 and above or your  IELTS score is 6.5 and above, you are ready to take all academic classes. 

Students with minimum scores of 71 TOEFL iBT or 6.0 IELTS  has the opportunity to register in Summer Intensive English Program into credit courses to improve and develop their academic English skills. At the end of the summer program, you will be given TOEFL ITP. If you score above 550 in TOEFL ITP, you will be ready to take all academic classes in fall semester. If you score below 550 in TOEFL ITP, you will be recommended to take EAP clases offered in the fall semester.

MBA Program

Students interested in the graduate MBA degree are 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 EAP courses, send an email to esl@oswego.edu.