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University of Connecticut (UCONN)

University of Connecticut (UCONN)

American English Language Institute (UCAELI)
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Basic information

  • Enrollment
  • 50students
  • Airport Pickup
  • Yes
  • Telephone
  • 860-486-2127
  • Fax
  • 860-486-0272
  • Address
  • UCAELI University of Connecticut American English Language Institute Office of Global Affairs McMahon Residence Hall (MRH) #180 2011 Hillside Road Unit 1198 Storrs, CT 06269-1198


  • Urban
  • Homestay
  • On-Campus Dorm/residence
  • Off-campus Residence
  • University-based Program

Why This School?

  • - To provide students with quality language instruction that enables the achievement of their personal, academic and professional goals.
    - To maximize our students’ access to UConn’s educational, cultural and community resources.
    - To assist our students in their transition to mainstream academic courses.
    - To support university-wide needs for specialized English programs and services, including language instruction.
    - To provide our students and community with opportunities for international experiences and learning.

About the  American English Language Institute (UCAELI)

  • Since 1990, the University of Connecticut American English Language Institute (UCAELI), has provided English instruction to more than 3,000 students from countries throughout the world. UCAELI supports all students in pursuit of their goals by providing high quality instruction and access to the university’s academic, professional, social and cultural resources. We look forward to welcoming you to our international community of language learners. UCAELI’s Intensive English Program has been accredited since 2002 by the American Association of Intensive English Programs and the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

About the  University of Connecticut (UCONN)

  • The University of Connecticut is one of the top public research universities in the nation, with more than 30,000 students pursuing answers to critical questions in labs, lecture halls, and the community. Knowledge exploration throughout the University’s network of campuses is united by a culture of innovation. An unprecedented commitment from the state of Connecticut ensures UConn attracts internationally renowned faculty and the world’s brightest students. A tradition of coaching winning athletes makes UConn a standout in Division l sports and fuels our academic spirit. As a vibrant, progressive leader, UConn fosters a diverse and dynamic culture that meets the challenges of a changing global society.

Course Information

  • Focus of Study :  
    Learning about the cultures of the U.S. is supported by special activities including field trips on and off campus, interviews with native speakers, visits to local museums and galleries, participation in the conversation partner program, auditing of UConn classes, and community service.  Student involvement in the UConn community is highly encouraged and supported by UCAELI teachers and staff through many different activities. 

    Developing intercultural understanding is an important goal. The number of countries represented by UCAELI students in an average session is 17.  Taking advantage of the diversity of each group of UCAELI students, course work often focuses on exploring culture. Community building activities during orientation help students get to know each other.

    Benefit, Goal of this course : 
    UCAELI classes are student-centered and learning-centered.  Because our class size is small (we usually have about 10 students in a class), students get a lot of individual feedback and support.  Teachers work with each group of students according to their specific needs.  We prioritize creating positive and supportive classroom communities where students have many opportunities to contribute their ideas and opinions and make choices about what they want to read, write, listen to and talk about.  We help students develop strategies for learning English independently so that they can continue to build their language skills over their lifetime.
    Communicative activities increase students’ confidence and competence in all skill areas.  Interactive activities include partner and small group work, discussions, role-plays, debates, and student presentations. Native English speakers who are UConn students, staff and community members join a weekly Communication Skills class as conversation partners. Readings of authentic texts from literature, academic sources, and the media generate topics for written and oral response.
    To support learning by doing, classes provide students with opportunities to create and share their workthrough video, websites, journals, research papers, or dramatic performances. Each semester offers a variety of courses with interesting courses and hands-on projects.

    Curriculum : 
    English for Academic Purposes and General English Options
    UCAELI offers two tracks for IEP students.  For students with conditional admission to UConn and those planning to attend other schools in the U.S., the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) track is recommended.  EAP courses are designed for students with high intermediate to advanced English skills.  EAP courses are taken during the morning and students join others in the regular IEP for afternoon Elective courses.  The General English option is suitable for students of all levels who may not want to focus on communicating, reading and writing for academic contexts. See Class Schedules below.

    Course Levels and Student Evaluation
    For each Core Course there are five to six levels ranging from beginner to advanced. A student completes a level when mastery of the level objectives has been achieved. Each level is designed to be completed in 15 weeks. Student placement and assessment testing is conducted at the beginning and end of each session. An official transcript is available by self-access through the online Student Administrative System (PeopleSoft) at the end of each session.  UCAELI awards a certificate for satisfactory completion of each session of the Intensive English Program.  A Proficiency Certificate may also be attained by qualified students.The EAQUALs proficiency descriptor scale (an adaptation of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR)) is used for placement and ongoing assessment.

    Classroom Hour :

    Full-Time Study and Average Length of Study
    Students have 22 hours of classroom instruction per week. The program is designed to improve students’ overall language proficiency. Students’ motivation, study skills and previous language learning experience affect the speed of progress. For students preparing for academic work, the average length of study is 15 – 30 weeks for an intermediate student and 40 – 80 weeks for a beginner.
    Note: A full course of study in UCAELI’s IEP is defined as 22 hours per week. Students on an F-1 student visa are required to maintain a full course of study.

Course Information

Class size 8 Students Schedule 6, 15 Weeks
Course Level 4 VISA Info I-20 Issued Upon Request
Minimum age 16 Accommodation Homestay, On-Campus Dorm/residence, Off-campus Residence


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Course Schedule

2025-01-16 2024-08-28 2024-07-08
※ From the Course Starting Dates 6, 15Weeks(month) Choose



School's Admin fee (USD)$ 150
6 Week 15 Week Week Week Week
(USD)$ 2,600 (USD)$ 6,000
Week Week Week Week Week


Housing Placement fee
Accommodation Fee
Terms Homestay On-Campus Dorm/residence Off-Campus residence
4 weeks (USD)$ 644
6 weeks (USD)$ 966
15 weeks (USD)$ 2600 (USD)$ 3233 (USD)$ 2500

Airport Pickup

Airport Pickup (USD)$ 90
Other Charges

Remarks / Other Information

  • * Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.



  • On-Campus Housing
    Students may choose to live on campus in a dormitory. While students may request a specific room type, room type requests are not guaranteed. Students may be placed in a single, double or triple room. In dormitories without kitchens, students will be required to purchase a full meal plan at an additional cost.

    Off-Campus Apartment / Room Rentals or Homestay

Surrounding Area

  • UCAELI is located on the UConn Campus in Room 180 of McMahon Hall, next to the Co-op.


  • All UCAELI students are invited to enjoy several trips and activities during their program. Check our Facebook page for videos and photos! Official UCAELI trips and activities vary by semester and by program.UCAELI students are also welcome to join many university-wide campus activities including clubs, cultural events, lectures, etc.


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