Welcome to UMSL and English for Academic Purposes! 

International Students bring diversity and international perspective to our campus. We welcome you and want you to have a positive experience at UMSL!

International students arrive excited about the opportunity to study in the U.S. However, the change in study system and academic expectations may overwhelm many new international students. American college courses often require strong language skills for class discussions, oral presentations, extensive reading, research papers, and timed reading and written exams. Even native speakers of English may be challenged by course requirements. Students whose native language is not English need a strong command of English and confidence in order to have a positive and successful experience living and studying in the U.S.  Thus, we offer an academic program of courses in English for Academic Purposes which is tailored to the specific skill and level needed for communication in a regular university course. EAP classes are limited to 15 students or fewer.

The EAP classes at UMSL help you

  • Improve your English language skills
  • Gain confidence to live and study in the United States
  • Understand the expectations in American classes
  • Ease the cultural and academic transition to the American university
  • Improve your success and grades in other courses
  • Meet other international students

Our EAP classes

  • Are for course credit
  • Are taken concurrently with regular academic classes
  • Are taught by qualified, experienced instructors. All hold graduate degrees in TESOL.
  • Include grades that affect the grade point average

Furthermore, elective credit may be earned in the Colleges of Business, Arts and Sciences, and Fine Arts and Communications, up to 9 credit hours of the 4000-level classes. International students can also seek exemption from the foreign language requirement. Diagnostic test results will determine whether a course is required, recommended or exempted. Classes are divided into skill levels. If a student has a requirement for a 3000-level course, he or she will need to take the advanced 4000-level course in that skill the following semester.

Intermediate EAP classes must be completed or waived before students can take the advanced EAP classes.

The sequence:

3202-Listening and Speaking Skills prior to 4302-Skills for Academic Success
3203-Reading and Writing 1 prior to 4303-Reading and Writing 2
3205-Grammar for Speaking and Writing 1 prior to 4305-Grammar for Speaking and Writing 2.

Furthermore, students must achieve a C- or better in EAP 4303 before enrolling in First-Year Composition (English 1100) for International Students (English 1110).

For help with ESL tutoring, visit the Language and Cultures Office in 554 Clark.  For assistance with writing needs, visit the Writing Center, located in 222 SSB.