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Course of Study

Academic English Studies, Lewis & Clark’s intensive English program, offers full-time (18-20 hours per week) instruction for low-intermediate through advanced English language students. Up to 24 undergraduate elective credits may be applied toward a Bachelor of Arts degree at Lewis & Clark.

English as a Second Language (ESL) courses closely approximate undergraduate courses in teaching style, content, and expectations. The curriculum is designed to assist students in the development of essential language skills, appropriate learning strategies, and the cross-cultural awareness and sensitivities considered necessary for successful completion of their undergraduate or graduate studies.

The AES program offers courses during both semesters of the academic year; an intensive summer session is also scheduled.

About Lewis & Clark

Lewis & Clark is a private nationally regarded liberal arts institution of higher education. It is known for its global outlook, close student-faculty relationship, and service to the community; it is proud of its distinguished teachers, performers, researchers and alumni.

The undergraduate program offers a four-year liberal arts and sciences education of the highest quality. The Graduate School of Education and Counseling and the Lewis & Clark Law School also offer the top programs in the country.

International students are a vital part of our community and add to Lewis & Clark’s distinctive international character. We welcome the diversity that students with international backgrounds bring to our campus.

Semester Dates 2014/2015

Semester Placement Test and Orientation* First Day of Class Last Day of Exams
Summer 2014
May 19 May 20 August 7
Summer half-term entry July 1 July 2 August 7
Fall 2014
August 26 September 2 December 17
Spring 2015
January 20 January 21 May 8

Note:  We do not have an application deadline, however we encourage everyone to apply early.

* Students who do not arrive on the first day for the placement test and orientation will be charged a late testing fee of $125.

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We invite you to watch our YouTube videos or browse our photos below or on Flickr to learn more about AES at Lewis & Clark.

imageimageAcademic English Studies is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP) and University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP).


September 29th, 2014

  • Image preview 7:00pm: An Evening with Poet Marilyn Chin
    Marilyn Chin (陈美玲) is a prominent Chinese American poet and writer, an activist and feminist, an editor and Professor of English. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Portland, Oregon, her books have become Asian American classics and are taught in classrooms all over the world.  Marilyn Chin’s work is a frequent subject of academic research and literary criticism. She has read her poetry at the Library of Congress. In addition to teaching in the MFA program at San Diego State University, she serves as a mentor on the international faculty of the City University of Hong Kong’s low-residency MFA program, the first of its kind in Asia. Please join us in the Chapel for a special evening with Marilyn Chin!

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