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English as a Second Language

The AUM English as a Second Language Program offers a variety of English language courses and services designed to help non-native speakers of English improve and assess their English language proficiency. These programs include an Intensive English Program, Communicative English Program, and TOEFL ITP Assessment Series testing.

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IEP Courses

Intensive English Program (IEP)

The Intensive English Program (IEP) offers high-quality English language courses to international students, visitors, and residents, so that all second-language speakers may feel confident in their English language abilities and possess a knowledge of American culture.

All IEP courses are taught on the campus of AUM by experienced and qualified ESL faculty members with master’s degrees in TESOL, ESL, or an English language related field. All IEP students will have many opportunities to participate in a variety of on and off campus cultural events as well as interact with other internationals and U.S. citizens from diverse cultures. The IEP is open to all individuals who are 16 years of age or older.

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Application Process for Students Seeking an F-1 Visa

In order to ensure the safety of your personal identifying information, we are making changes to our application process.

Step 3

Sign in to your account and apply online by selecting:
English as a Second Language.

Step 4

Upload your application and documentation.

TermDatesPlacement Test Dates
Summer 2023May 31 - July 27May 26
Fall 1 2023August 16 - October 5Aug 11
Fall 2 2023October 16 - December 14Oct 13
Spring 1 2024January 8 - Feb 29Jan 5
Spring 2 2024March 5 - May 2Mar 1
Summer 2024June 3 - July 30May 31
AUM Cost

Tuition and Fees

Students, visitors, and residents who are not in the United States on an F-1 VISA should contact the ESL office for current pricing information.

International students who wish to receive an I-20 to study abroad at AUM ESL on an F-1 VISA must provide proof of financial support in the amount of $18,220 in order for the I-20 to be issued. F-1 students can expect to pay the following in tuition, fees, and other services related to study abroad:

Expense1 IEP Term (8-weeks)2 IEP terms (16 weeks)
IEP Tuition$1,700 $3,400
I-20 Processing Fee$100
Administrative Fee$190$380
Student Acculturation Education Fee$50$100
Textbooks (estimated)$150$300
Health Insurance (estimated)*$375$750

*All international students studying abroad whose health insurance plans are not valid in the United States must purchase student health insurance provided by AUM.
**On-campus housing is available for all F-1 students who enrolled in the IEP. For the current rates and information, please visit AUM Housing.


International Pathways Program

Pathways participants are seeking full-time entry into Auburn University at Montgomery but may not yet have demonstrated proficiency in English required to attend. Students who score between 57-60 on TOEFL, 488 on TOEFL paper-based, 85-99 on Duolingo, and at least 5.0 on IELTS are eligible. Once enrolled in Pathways, students attend 2 ESL Intensive English Program (IEP) courses and 2 AUM academic classes. The ESL Pathways Program provides a bridge for students to get a jump start in the university and fast-tracks them to entry.

Follow these steps to apply to the Pathways program:
  • Go to our Apply page
  • Click on the International Undergraduate application button and follow the instructions to complete the application.
    If the English proficiency scores are less than the minimum required for full admission, the application will be processed as Pathways.
General Intensive English Program (GIEP)

Application Process for Residents & Visitors

Students, visitors, and residents who are not in the United States on an F-1 VISA can also participate in AUM’s Intensive English Program part-time. Students select classes based on the skills to be developed. Submit the General Intensive English Application by emailing it to [email protected]

CEP Program

Communicative English Program

The Communicative English Program (CEP) offers evening English language courses two nights per week to visitors and residents who want to improve their English language ability for everyday situations as well as gain a better understanding of American life and culture.

All CEP courses are taught on the campus of AUM by experienced and qualified ESL faculty members with master’s degrees in TESOL, ESL, or an English related field. CEP courses are offered in accordance with student interest. Submit the General Intensive English Application by emailing it to [email protected].

IEP Courses

Course Information

The IEP offers (3) English language courses taught at (4) language proficiency levels across an (8)-week term. There are (5) IEP terms per calendar year. All IEP classes last 90 minutes. Upon arriving to AUM ESL, students will take a free English language placement test. Based upon the test results, students are then placed into a class of 10-14 students with similar language proficiency levels.

Time CourseMeeting DaysLanguage Level
8:30 - 10:00 AMReading and Discussion Monday - ThursdayBeginner & Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High-Intermediate, Advanced
10:15 - 11:45 A.M.Grammar and WritingMonday - ThursdayBeginner & Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High-Intermediate, Advanced
1:00 - 2:30 P.M.Listening and SpeakingMonday - ThursdayBeginner & Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High-Intermediate, Advanced

Student Services

All F-1 students enrolled in the IEP will receive an AUM Student Identification Card which will grant them access to many campus amenities and student services, such as:

Dropping a Course

ESL Refund Policy

Refunds of tuition and fees are based on the date you formally drop a course. You will be eligible for a refund of all tuition and fees, minus an administration fee, if you drop a course before the first day of class. Please note that if you pay for an ESL class but do not ever attend, you are not exempt from this policy. For all refunds, regardless of circumstance, there will be a $25 administrative fee. To qualify for a full or partial refund of tuition and fees, you must formally drop a course by stopping by the ESL office and filling out a Request to Withdraw from ESL Course.

IEP, GIEP, CEP Refund Policies
Withdrawal DateRefund AmountFund
Before the first day of the term100%Tuition and Fees
On the first or second day of the term80%Tuition Only
After the second day of the term 0%
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Contact the AUM ESL Program

Mailing Address

P.O. Box 244023, Montgomery, AL 36124-4023

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+1 (334) 244-3131




[email protected]

Office Hours

8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday

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