Summer Academic English Programs at UT Austin

Want to improve your academic English before you start your degree? We offer four 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.
  • In-person and virtual program options available.
  • In-person classes take place on the UT campus and provide hands-on experience using UT’s library and computer facilities to complete class projects and homework.

Programs Overview

Academic English Program (AEP) Summer I

Program Dates: June 1 - Aug. 6, 2021
Placement Testing: June 1
Length: 10 weeks

Four skills:

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

On-Campus Session:
$3,350 for all four courses, or $745 per course

Virtual Session:
$3,000 for all four courses, or $700 per course

Academic English Program (AEP) Summer II

Program Dates: July 1 - Aug. 6, 2021
Placement Testing: July 1
Length:  5 weeks

Two classes that emphasize productive skills:

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

On-Campus Session:

Virtual Session:

International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Preparation

Program Dates: July 26 - Aug. 6, 2021
Placement Testing:  No placement testing; report July 26 to pay tuition and start class.
Length:  2 weeks
Classes:  Classes that preview and practice for each part of the ITA Assessment.
Number of Hours/Week: 15
Class Times:  M-F 2 - 5 p.m.
Tuition: On-Campus Session:

Business English

Program Dates: June 14 - July 13, 2021
Length: 4 weeks

Two classes:

  • Listening/Speaking
  • Business Writing
Number of Hours/Week: 20
Class Times:  To be determined based on time zone of participants.
Tuition: Virtual Session:



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:

  • This form
  • A non-refundable tuition deposit of U.S. $100

We will send you a personal registration appointment for your program via email or express mail.


For Summer I and Summer II programs, 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, you do not need a new I-20, because your UT I-20 for Fall 2021 allows you to enter the U.S. on July 13. 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.