Aim High at University of Connecticut

Aim High at University of Connecticut

Located on the picturesque campus of the University of Connecticut (UConn), a top 20 public university in the United States, the UConn American English Language Institute (UCAELI) offers high quality, innovative English language courses and unique study courses to help international students reach their academic and/or professional goals with two main programs: College Preparatory Experience and General English.

General English

General English is great for beginner to advanced students who want to focus on communication, reading, and writing in all contexts. It is designed for students who are not going to attend a college or university in the United States. UCAELI offers 5 levels of English courses, from Beginner to Advanced. 

College Preparatory Experience

The College Preparatory Experience provides language courses and unique study courses that prepare students for academic success.
Conditional admission options available.

While you are learning English in the College Preparatory Experience at UCAELI, you will also be learning about American classroom culture, successful study strategies to excel in the American educational system, and how to find and use important university academic, cultural, and social resources. The College Preparatory program helps you increase your TOEFL or IELTS test scores and provides you with an important preview of college life in the United States. After successfully completing the College preparatory courses, you will be qualified and fully prepared academically, culturally, and socially to enter into full time study at a US university. 

Conditional Admission

The College Preparatory Experience at UCAELI represents the collaboration between three universities: The University of Connecticut, Eastern Connecticut State University, and the University of Saint Joseph. Students are encouraged to apply for conditional admission into one of these three universities.

Language Support

Language support is English courses for currently enrolled UConn students and scholars.

Outstanding Features:

1. Quality

  • Live and study on a top 25 public university campus
  • Have access to academic, cultural, and social resources on campus
  • Observe a UConn class or take a UConn course for credit (advanced students)
  • Have opportunities to attend basketball games (UConn National Championship teams), world famous entertainment 
  • Have access to more than 600 student clubs and organizations
  • Study English in small classes (10-15 students)

2. Safe Environment

  • Storrs, Connecticut was declared to be the safest place to live in the United States
  • Easy access to famous cities: Located between New York City and Boston. 
  • Buses depart daily from campus with connections to NYC and Boston

3. Focus on Language learning, Personal goals and Study Skills 

Conditional Admission requires students to earn a Proficiency Certificate in English for full acceptance. This means students can focus on skills they will need in the American classroom instead of memorizing and preparing for the TOEFL test. Students will learn how to:

  • Write an academic paper 
  • Prepare effectively for a US test which requires analytical skills
  • Learn to participate in a US discussion classroom with American classmates

Students taking General English courses will:

  • Complete projects that are interesting and valuable to them
  • Create a language learning portfolio
  • Focus on reaching their language goals

4. Expert Guidance

  • High quality teachers with Masters or PhD degrees in teaching
    • Guide students to organize academic work independently
    • Help students to adjust to a new culture
    • Encourage students to communicate with others outside of class
    • Provide valuable feedback to every student for the fastest progress

5. Connect with the community

  • Live on campus in dormitories with American and International students attending the university
  • Connect with American students and local community members inside and outside the classroom in UCAELI’s Conversation Partner Program (included in College Preparatory Experience and General English)
  • Make American friends
  • Experience American culture

Student Life at the University of Connecticut

While living and learning on campus, you will have 22 hours of English classes each week, including your choice of afternoon courses that are both educational and fun!

In your free time you can:

  • Practice English by joining activities such as outdoor sports and games, shopping trips, ice skating & more 
  • Work out in the gym or use the swimming pool, racquetball courts, or climbing walls
  • Attend concerts and other performances
  • Go to one of our many sporting events – basketball games, soccer games, ice hockey games, baseball games – UConn has it all!
  • Enjoy an exciting, diverse university community

Next Session Dates 

Fall 2018 (15 weeks) 
August 27 - December 14, 2018

Spring 2019 (15 weeks)
January 21 - May 10, 2019

Summer I 2019 (6 weeks) 
May 20 - June 28, 2019

Summer II 2019 (6 weeks) 
July 8 - August 16, 2019

Fall 2019 (15 weeks) 
August 26 - December 13, 2019

Spring 2020 (15 weeks)
January 20 - May 8, 2020


For more information:  University of Connecticut

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