English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The 12-week CISL English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program offers students a comprehensive, academic-based curriculum that provides non-native English speakers with the reading, writing, and research skills necessary to excel at a U.S. college or university. The program is ideal for students interested in pursuing an education in the U.S. or for those who desire an English education focused on academic aspects of the language.

Only students with a CISL level of upper-intermediate or higher may enroll in the EAP program: students with a lower level of English must continue taking other CISL courses (Standard or Intensive English) before participation in EAP. The EAP classes are offered in the afternoon and are therefore an addition to other programs, such as the Standard English or test preparation courses.

The EAP is recommended for students interested in the following CISL programs:

  • Academic Year Program

    Students first complete CISL Standard English courses in order to gain the English skills necessary for post-secondary education, then transfer to a U.S. college for one semester. Click here to learn more about CISL’s Academic Year Program.

  • Pathway Program

    Upon successful completion of the EAP course, students receive conditional acceptance into several U.S. colleges or universities. Students then transfer and receive their degree. Click here to learn more about the CISL Pathway Program.

  • Afternoon Option

    CISL students registered in morning classes such as Standard English, Cambridge English Preparation Courses, can further their education by attending EAP courses in the afternoon from 1:30 p.m. to 3:10 p.m.

Course Description

This is an upper-intermediate (CEFR B2) to proficient (CEFR C2) level course designed to give students the writing skills necessary to enter and succeed in a college or university level program in the United States. The goal of the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Course is to prepare students for college level coursework and academic writing. The course is divided into seven essential assignments. However, students can audit any number of weeks of the course without receiving a certificate. Students who successfully complete all seven assignments within the twelve weeks of the EAP Course are eligible to participate in the CISL Pathway Program. The CISL Pathway Program grants conditional acceptance to CISL students to universities and colleges partnered with CISL.

Course Objectives

  • Academic Reading and Writing

    write essays, do research and cite sources, identify and use structural features in a text (e.g. topic sentences, thesis statements, etc.) as well as logical features (e.g. argument, counterargument, stance, etc.), evaluate sources, and more.

  • Academic Discourse

    share ideas, ask and answer questions in a class discussion, and analyze texts.

Key Features

  • Projects: students who cannot enroll in the full 12‐week course can participate in only one, two, or more of the seven projects:
  • Summary-response essay
  • Narrative essay
  • Library research and avoiding plagiarism
  • Process essay
  • Compare and contrast essay
  • Argumentative essay
  • Final Research Paper
  • Small Classes: the maximum class size in the English for Academic Purposes Course is 8 students, so students get a lot of personal attention and feel comfortable in a small group. Learn more about why small classes are important.
  • Practical Activities and Assignments: class activities and assignments mimic tasks that students will encounter in university situations so that students can confidently use English to communicate after getting accepted to a university.
Academic English (EAP)
Levels B2 to C2
Maximum # of students per class8
Lessons per week8
ScheduleMonday‐Thursday, 1:30 p.m. ‐3:10 p.m.
Course length12 weeks
Language focusAcademic Writing

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Note: Students taking any 20‐lesson per week course and who are requesting an I‐20 for a student visa will also need to take either an Afternoon Elective or attend a 1.5 hour Study Hall session each week in order to meet the 18‐hour per week minimum requirement for the student visa. One lesson = 50 minutes. For more information about U.S. visas, please read the visa information here or contact us directly using the online inquiry form.