The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program is designed for English as a Second Language (ESL) students at all levels who: plan to enter an American college or university at the undergraduate level; need to prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS; want to succeed in the university classroom with native English speakers.
Students applying to SDSU undergraduate and graduate degree programs and local community colleges may be eligible to receive a TOEFL waiver after completing advanced levels.
Undergraduate Conditional Admission to SDSU
Students who are planning on getting an undergraduate degree at SDSU have the opportunity to apply for Undergraduate Conditional Admission.
The EAP program helps international ESL students develop the skills needed to succeed at U.S. universities.
The ALI offers advise on academic matters and university selection. Advisors help students with admission applications to San Diego State University and other schools.
Interaction with Native Speakers
EAP students have the opportunity to practice their English speaking and listening skills and to improve their knowledge of American culture by interacting with native speakers. The ALI Student Life Office can also help students make contact with native speakers outside the classroom.
Enroll in SDSU Classes
Advanced EAP students may enroll in up to two regular SDSU classes (six units)* with American students during the fall or spring semesters. Official SDSU grades, credits, and transcripts are awarded and may be transferred to other universities. See EAP Plus below for more information.
*An additional fee applies.
Testing and Placement
The EAP program offers English instruction at all levels from beginning to advanced. Students take placement tests to determine their English level. They are tested in different skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) and placed according to their varied needs and abilities. Lower level students take integrated skills classes. At the end of each term, students have the option of testing again to measure their progress.
English for Academic Purposes
Number of weeks: 12 in summer, 17 in spring or fall.
Hours of instruction: 23+ per week.
Requirements: Prior instruction in English preferred.
Also included: All students have access to academic advising, student advising, electives, pronunciation clinics, conversation groups, language and computer labs, the SDSU library, and sports facilities.
Students arriving after the EAP start date may attend the Intensive English for Communication (IEC) program until the next EAP session begins.
After taking the EAP placement examination, students are placed into their courses according to the strength of their language skills in each course content area, meaning that students may be on different levels for listening, reading, writing, etc. Lower level students follow an integrated curriculum.
Significant instruction time is dedicated to developing academic reading, writing, grammar, listening, speaking, and vocabulary skills, and strategies necessary for success in college and university coursework.
Depending on level and availability, students may choose courses to prepare for the TOEFL and IELTS examinations required for undergraduate university programs. Some students may be eligible to take content-based courses such as The English of Math, English for Engineering, American Marketing.
Students are exposed to U.S. university classroom culture and can take part in SDSU campus activities on a regular basis through the EAP program.
Elective courses are offered each semester to further support test-taking skills, improve language proficiency, and increase knowledge of U.S. culture. Courses vary by session and placement level.
Popular electives include:
Internet-based TOEFL Prep
English Through Dance
English Sentence Patterns
Developing Fluency Through Verbs
Preparation for Academic Reading
English Through Popular Music
English Through Sports
In addition to daily speaking classes and pronunciation electives, the ALI offers students free personalized articulation and accent modification using specialized software, customized lab activities, and teacher-created materials.
Advanced students may enroll in up to two regular SDSU classes with American students. Official SDSU grades, credits, and transcripts are awarded and may be transferred to other universities.
Open to advanced students who test above EAP level 106.
Students work closely with their ALI advisors to choose SDSU classes in select departments.
Students earn SDSU credit in courses with American students.
Official SDSU transcripts and transferable credit are awarded.
Additional fees apply on a per-class basis.
Jan. 6–May 7: $6,350
May 19–August 5: $4,235
August 18–Dec. 17: $6,350