About Us

Director: Michael McMurray
Email: mmcmurray@auk.edu.kw

The mission of the American University of Kuwait’s (AUK) Intensive English Program (IEP) is to prepare students seeking admission to the academic degree programs of AUK by enabling them to gain sufficient mastery of the English language and successfully apply the critical thinking skills they need to succeed as students during their undergraduate studies. IEP will achieve its mission by providing quality English language instruction and promoting international, intercultural, and self-understanding.

The Intensive English Program (IEP) is committed to the following values:

  • Responsible interaction with and creation of text
  • Ownership of skills and appreciation of their applicability to various situations 
  • Metacognition of learning processes
  • Understanding of and respect for cause-effect relationships with regards to student success

The Intensive English Program (IEP) aspires to:

  • Prepare AUK students to pursue academic majors successfully in the medium of English language
  • Create critical thinkers able to evaluate ideas and concepts and to express themselves effectively 
  • Nurture a sense of responsibility and encourage a work ethic amongst our students.

The Intensive English Program at the American University of Kuwait prepares students for entrance to the University’s undergraduate program. Students in the program are integrated into the academic, social, and cultural life of the University, giving them a fully enriched experience. The IEP learning outcomes are:

  • Apply text analysis skills to appropriate level written and oral academic texts 
  • Comprehend ideas contained within appropriate level academic texts 
  • Communicate ideas in formal writing and speaking tasks
  • Demonstrate effective use of English language skills for academic purposes

The Intensive English Program at the American University of Kuwait helps prepare students with intensive English training for entrance to the University. Students in the program are integrated into the academic, social, and cultural life of the University, giving them a fully enriched experience. Some advantages include:

  • Intensive instruction in American English for Academic Purposes
  • Efficient, effective, integrated, focused program
  • College entrance preparation
  • Experience with the American model of higher education.
  • Guidance in using electronic technologies
  • 16-week courses, September to January and February to June
  • 9-week summer course, June to August
  • Small classes
  • One-on-one tutoring 
  • Admission to AUK undergraduate courses without a TOEFL/IELTS score
  • Instructors with master’s degrees and experience in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or related field with TESOL education
  • Scholarships for qualified students
  • Certificate of completion, along with a grade transcript
  • Morning, afternoon, or evening classes
  • Computer lab access
  • Ongoing orientation program
  • Retention measure

The Intensive English Program at AUK is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period August 2014 through August 2024 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Program and Institutions. For further information about this accreditation, visit the website: www.cea-accredit.org.