Academic English Program

The Academic English Program (AEP) is the key component of the Pathway Program at Saint Michael’s College. It can also serve as a stand-alone program for students wishing to improve their English.

A Pathway to Any Major

AEP students take both academic English and academic-content courses, and receive university credit in each of the levels they complete. Upon completion of two levels, students have enough credits to be considered second-year university students, or “sophomores.”

Students who complete the AEP and transfer into the Bachelor’s degree program at Saint Michael’s College will receive a minimum scholarship of $10,000/year. All undergraduate scholarships are renewed automatically each year for students in good academic standing.

Available Programs

For students not quite ready for AEP Level 1, the AEP Prep transitions the student from ESL to academic content classrooms with the following subjects and courses:
An introductory academic content course where students will gain experience studying academic subjects just as they would in a US-American classroom, thus bridging the ESL and academic content classrooms.
The skill-building courses below will directly relate to the content course’s subject matter.
Minimum score for admission: ibTOEFL: 52 (5.0 on IELTS or 470 PbTOEFL). Students must be assessed in Academic Writing upon arrival

In AEP1, students take three courses in academic English and one undergraduate-level “content” course with non-native and native English-speaking students in the classroom together. The academic English courses support the academic content course.

  1. College Reading and Writing
  2. Advanced Grammar for Writing
  3. Academic Oral Communication Skills
  4. One undergraduate-level content course. This course is designed and taught by a professor in a specific content area. Native speakers of English and AEP students are in the classroom together.

Students in AEP2 take two academic content courses and just two courses in advanced English. Upon successful completion, they are ready to enter the undergraduate degree program.

  1. Advanced College Writing
  2. Introduction to Literature
  3. First content course of the student’s choice*
  4. Second content course of the student’s choice*

*Students may take any courses offered at Saint Michael’s as long as they meet the academic requirements.

Cost and Calendars

SemesterFall 2020Spring 2021
ArrivalAugust 23January 12
OrientationAugust 24January 13
Classes StartAugust 31January 14
Last ExamDecember 12May 7
Activity FeeWaived - $0Waived - $0
Room & Board$6,940$6,940