Services for International Employees & Scholars

Free Applied English Center Course

You may now request the Free AEC course through your iHawk account.

iHawk Instructions
  • Login to your iHawk account.  The website is
  • Click on J-1 Scholar Services
  • Click on Free Applied English Center course
  • Complete the form
  • The form will be sent to your faculty supervisor and then to International Programs and the Applied English Center for final approval.

The one free Applied English Center course enrollment request for Visiting Scholars must be submitted 2 weeks prior to the start of the semester. If you cannot meet this deadline, please consider a later semester.

To be eligible you must meet all 3 criteria:

  • You must be a J-1 Visiting Scholar at the University of Kansas. KU employees may apply to use the Tuition Assistance program.
  • You have never previously taken a course at the Applied English Center at the University of Kansas.
  • You must have taken the AEC placement exam immediately prior to the semester of enrollment.


Visiting Scholars must agree to the following terms in order to participate in the free English course:

  • I understand that I must take a placement exam prior to enrollment, which the Applied English Center will use to determine my participation in an Applied English Center course.
  • I understand and agree to abide by the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities at the University of Kansas.
  • I understand that Applied English Center courses meet four times per week and I am expected to attend every class throughout the semester and follow all AEC Class Rules.
  • I understand that as a participant in this class I am not an "auditor" and I must attend class regularly and take responsibility for all homework, assignments, participation, tests, etc.  I will abide by all rules set forth in the syllabus. Failure to comply will result in withdrawal of my enrollment at the Applied English Center.
  • I understand that a spot in a class is not guaranteed; nor can the AEC guarantee a spot in the class of my choosing.
  • I understand that one course at the Applied English Center will be free, any further course enrollment will require me to go through the Applied English Center admission process and I will be charged full tuition and fees.
  • I understand that I cannot be enrolled in classes until after admitted students have all been enrolled in AEC courses--typically the end of the second week of the semester.
  • I understand that if I pass the placement exam, I cannot enroll in an AEC class.

International Calendar

One of the first 12 intensive English programs in the United States
Each semester year, the AEC enrolls about 250 students representing more than 35 countries on six continents.
Start working on your degree now! You can take university classes for credit at the same time you are taking English classes.
Earn university credits now! You can use 9 AEC credits as elective credits toward your KU degree in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, Business, and Architecture.
Fulfill a university requirement! Completion of your English proficiency requirements means you have finished your foreign language requirement at the University of Kansas.
We have computers just for you! The AEC has its own computer lab that AEC students can use for free.
We have tutoring just for you! The AEC has an Academic Resource Center where AEC students can get free tutoring from AEC teachers.
We have Conversation Groups just for you! You can practice your English language conversation skills at our AEC Conversation Groups.
Need help? Have a question? The AEC has a team of cross-cultural advisors ready to answer your questions and help you with any problem you are facing.
We are experts at what we do! AEC faculty and administrators have a total of 701 years in International Education.