Extended Accelerator Program

Looking for an immersive international study experience? The EAP combines language, culture and academics to give students a deep understanding of life in and out of the American classroom. Nervous about your English skills? The EAP includes personalized English-language instruction and tutoring.

As a student in the Extended Accelerator, you’ll get:

  • A contextual curriculum that mixes language, culture and academics.
  • Exclusive access to a course focusing on life in the U.S. and the local community.
  • A full year’s worth of college credits.
  • Extensive English-language tutoring, academic advising and student support.
  • Personalized English-language support specific to the classes you take.

Program Details

Program Length
Credits Earned
Toward Degree
3 semesters (12 months) Planned – some
courses include
domestic students
30+ 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 Extended 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 60 – no subscore below 12 5.0 – no subscore below 4.5 45 – no subscore below 37

Want additional English-language help? Consider adding the Pre-Sessional English program to your EAP experience.

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 Semester 3

Live, Learn, Grow 

English for Academic Purposes I

Technology for Academic Purposes

Chicago and the World (with English lab)

Math Course*: College Algebra to Calculus II

Live, Learn, Grow 

English for Academic Purposes II

Principles of Microeconomics (with English lab)

Math Course*: College Algebra to Calculus II

Natural Sciences (with English lab)

Live, Learn, Grow

Academic Writing I

Introduction to International Relations

Introduction to Psychology

Fundamentals of Media Communication

Learning Track course**

Total credits: 30+

*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 EAP, 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.

Improve your English in just one semester.

Some international students want to get even better with English before they start the Extended Accelerator Program. That’s why we offer the Pre-Sessional English add-on. With additional English-language assistance, you’ll feel more comfortable in American classrooms.

You’re Ready for the Challenge

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