Summer Academic English Programs at UT Austin

Want to improve your academic English before you start your degree? We offer three options for international students who have been admitted to UT or another U.S. university for the fall semester.

  • Strengthen your academic English skills and learn about expectations that are emphasized in U.S. higher education and are especially challenging to international students.
  • Academic English Program sessions take place on the UT campus and provide hands-on experience using UT’s library and computer facilities to complete class projects and homework.
  • International Teaching Assistant Preparation classes are held live via Zoom, giving students the opportunity to participate anywhere in the world. 

Programs Overview

Academic English Program (AEP) Summer I

Program Dates:May 20 - July 29, 2024 (holidays May 27, June 19 and July 4)
Placement Testing:May 20
Length:10 weeks

Four skills:

  • Listening/Speaking
  • Writing
  • Reading/Discussion
  • Grammar
Number of Hours/Week:18
Class Times:MWF 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
TTH 8:30 - 10:45 a.m.

Academic English Program (AEP) Summer II

Program Dates:June 20 - July 29, 2024 (holiday July 4)
Placement Testing:June 20
Length: 5 weeks

Two classes that emphasize productive skills:

  • Reading/Writing
  • Listening/Speaking
Number of Hours/Week:18
Class Times:Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Preparation - live Zoom class

Program Dates:July 16 - August 8, 2024
Placement Testing: None
Length: 4 weeks
Classes: Classes that preview and practice for each part of the ITA Assessment.
Number of Hours/Week:6
Class Times: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Texas time (UTC -5)


Enrolling in our summer programs is quick and easy. Because you have already been admitted to a degree program, you are not required to send us any additional documents. To reserve a place, please send:


For Summer I or Summer II Academic English Program, you will need a new I-20 in order to enter the U.S. for our English programs. You may apply for your visa with the UT I-20 you have received, and we will send you a separate I-20 that will allow you to enter the U.S. earlier. Note that full-time study is required in order for us to issue an I-20.

For ITA preparation, we cannot issue an I-20 for early entry for an online course. Your UT I-20 for Fall 2024 allows you to enter the U.S. mid-July. Let us know if you have not received your UT I-20 or if you have additional immigration questions.


If you will be in the U.S. in F or J status during the summer, UT Health insurance (or an equivalent private policy) is mandatory and is not included in the cost of tuition. The cost will be added upon admission to the program; coverage for dependents is also available. 

If you plan to remain outside the U.S. for the summerno insurance is required during the summer session. Your coverage as a new UT degree-seeking student will begin on Aug. 1.