Academic Accelerator Program

Ready to empower your international studies? The AAP is a balanced first-year program for international students with good English-language skills. It supplements immersive classes taught in English with just the right amount of support.

As a student in the Academic Accelerator, you’ll receive:

  • The right amount of support for your academic and English-speaking needs
  • A full year’s worth of college credits
  • Access to courses exclusively for international students
  • English-language help with words you need to know for your classes
  • A mix of classes with international and U.S. students

Program Details

Program Length
Credits Earned
Toward Degree
2 semesters
(9 months)
Planned – some
courses include
domestic students
24+ 2.0 GPA and approval
from Accelerator
Year 2 of Degree

*Some UIC majors and colleges may require a higher GPA and additional coursework for admission into their programs. Students are notified of higher GPA requirements upon arrival. All students must also pass the English requirement, ENGL160 and ENGL161, to progress.

Entry Requirements

To apply for the Academic Accelerator Program at UIC, you should have at least the following qualifications:*

GPA Requirement Minimum TOEFL® Minimum IELTS™ Minimum Pearson Versant™
Only one of the scores below required
2.5 68 – no subscore below 14 5.5 – no subscore below 5.0 50 – no subscore below 42

Don’t meet these requirements? The Extended Accelerator Program might be a better fit for you.

Applications with scores below the published minimums are not automatically denied and will still receive consideration from the college.

*Note that colleges may set higher minimums for consideration of admission to certain programs. Please refer to the college’s requirements for additional information.

Sample Coursework

Semester 1 Semester 2

Live, Learn, Grow

English for Academic Purposes II OR Academic Writing I

Principles of Microeconomics (with English lab)

Math Course: College Algebra to Calculus II

Natural Science (with English lab)

Live, Learn, Grow

Academic Writing I OR II

Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to Psychology

Fundamentals of Media Communication

Learning Track course**

Total credits: 24+

*Math course is determined by ALEKS Math Placement Test

**Based on your choice of major, your Learning Track course will be in one of three areas:

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences
  • Business, Finance and Economics.

Build your career before it even begins.

Included in the AAP, the Career Accelerator is a two-year program focused on professional development. Learn valuable skills. Gain real-world experience. Customize your experience to fit your goals. So you can stand out when you apply for jobs.


When my internship ended, I was offered a position working full-time for the Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund as a Program Auditor. An internship is the chance to prove yourself and show what kind of employee you would be.”

– Jackie Stout, Political Science student

You’re Ready for the Challenge

And we’ll help. We simplify the Academic Accelerator Program application process for you. So you can focus on becoming the best international student you can be.