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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

Semester Placement Test and Orientation* First Day of Class Last Day of Exams
Summer I 2015 May 18 May 19 June 25
Summer II 2015 June 29 June 30 August 6
Fall 2015 August 25 August 31
December 16
Spring 2016
January 19 January 20 May 5

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).


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