About Us

Director: Scott Berlin
Email: IntensiveEnglish@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 IEP Department’s vision is to:

  • Adequately prepare AUK students to successfully pursue academic majors in the English language medium.
  • Create critical thinkers who know how to evaluate ideas and concepts and be able to express themselves well through the English language.
  • Nurture a sense of responsibility and encourage a work ethic amongst our students.

The core values of the Intensive English Program are to:

  • Enable our students with the knowledge and confidence to use the English language for their academic careers and successful communication in global academia.
  • Place quality as its most important goal in all activities.
  • Appreciate and constantly encourage teamwork and a supportive attitude between all members of the IEP department.

The aspirational values of the Intensive English Program are to:

  • Pursue knowledge and foster critical thinking.
  • Ignite in our students a lifelong love of learning.
  • Celebrate and learn from diversity.

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:

  1. Proficiently read appropriate-level fiction and non-fiction materials.
  2. Write, edit, and revise academic papers according to standard American English.
  3. Communicate ideas in a clear and logical manner in oral presentations.
  4. Demonstrate adequate academic skills in listening and notetaking.
  5. Efficiently use 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.
  • Efficient, effective, integrated, focused, and challenging program.
  • Preparation for college entrance.
  • Special topic courses to broaden students’ knowledge beyond core subjects.
  • Cultural orientation to the American model of higher education.
  • Familiarity and facility with current electronic technologies.
  • 16-week courses available from September to January and from February to June each year.
  • 9-week summer course available from June to August.
  • Small class sizes.
  • Focused one-on-one tutoring available.
  • Qualified students may be admitted to AUK and English 100 without a TOEFL score.
  • Outstanding instructors with master’s degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) or related field with TESOL education and experience.
  • Scholarships for qualified students.
  • Certificate of completion or attendance, along with a grade transcript.
  • Morning, afternoon, or evening classes.
  • Student services:
    • Computer lab access with internet, email, and software resources.
    • Orientation session.

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.