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Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP)

Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) Schedule 2014-2015

Summer 2014 Semester

  • May 12 - August 15, 2014

Fall 2014 Semester

  • August 25 - December 5, 2014

Spring 2015 Semester

  • January 12 - April 24, 2015
AIEP Courses Include:


CORE: Listening & Speaking 

CORE: Reading & Writing

TOEFL Preparation

Tell Me More Computer-Assisted Language Learning Lab

Selected Topics in American Culture


Applying to AIEP

In order to apply, please send your completed application, a copy of your passport photo page,  and your Declaration of Finances (which includes an official bank statement showing enough funds to pay for your intended program) to:

Linda Grossman
American Language Institute Director
Center for International Education
Nazareth College of Rochester
4245 East Avenue
Rochester, New York 14618-3790


Welcome to the Academic Intensive English Program!

Getting Started at Naz

Already accepted? Click here for the next steps to take before arriving to campus.

Current Students 

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At the AIEP, we offer three semesters of intensive English language preparation. The primary goal of the Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP) is to prepare international students with the linguistic and cultural skills to be successful and fully participate in university classes at Nazareth College or elsewhere in the United States.

Through instruction focused on the four domains of reading, writing, speaking, and listening, we promote English language fluency and comprehension and foster the development of a rich academic vocabulary.

Additionally, we teach and model the norms and expectations of  U.S. academic classrooms. The American classroom has a distinct "culture." Study and test habits, note taking, and research skills are demonstrated and discussed.  Some international students are challenged in adjusting to what is expected by American teachers and professors: becoming aware of the differences in classroom approaches is crucial to student success. 

Niagara Falls with International Students 2012

Outside of the classroom, U.S. culture is introduced through conversational activities, where asking questions and sharing feelings are highly encouraged, as well as through extracurricular cultural programs including trips to Niagara Falls, local museums, historical landmarks, and other off-site locations.  All AIEP students are full members of the larger campus community; students actively participate in a variety of on-campus student-run clubs and organizations and trips to area attractions including New York City, shopping excursions, and more.  Additionally AIEP students are engaged locally, regionally, and globally in community and service-learning opportunities. 

Program Details

Class Information

Classes in all sections run from 8:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. (EST) Monday through Friday. Classes are taught in an integrated English format, stressing oral communication and collaborative learning.

Language Lab Embedded in the class time, students will utilize the Emerson Language Lab, an interactive technology-based foreign language instruction lab.


Estimated 2014 Semester Costs

Academic Intensive English Program (AIEP)

  • Tuition: $4,350 (ESL only)
  • Activity Fee: $200
  • Registration Fee: $25
  • Dormitory: $3,350
  • Meals: $2,735
  • Health Insurance: $790
  • Books & Supplies: $250

Estimated Total: $11,700

NOTE: For students who choose to take additional courses at Nazareth the estimated 2014 cost is $675* per undergraduate credit hour in addition to above costs. Most courses offered are 3 credit hours. Students must demonstrate adequate English competency before enrolling.

*Cost per credit hour is estimated and may change slightly. Graduate classes may be subject to a higher cost.

Students must possess recognized health insurance. There is a health center on campus for minor health issues.

Weekend meals, books, transportation outside of planned cultural events, and personal items and supplies are the responsibility of the student.

Student Expectations

The following guidelines must be followed in order to receive certification and/or credit for coursework.


  • Students are expected to attend all classes, lectures and field trips.
  • Punctuality to class is expected daily.


  • Students are expected to speak as much English as possible within and outside of the classroom.
  • Students are expected to participate in the classroom environment as established by the teacher to the best of their ability.
  • Students are expected to come to class with all homework and assignments completed daily.


  • Students are expected to come to class with all materials daily.
  • Students may be expected to purchase books for classroom use (depending on class level and teacher).

Refund Policy

The following refund schedule will apply to both the program cost and the student activity fee for the AIEP semester course-

100% reduction in liability: Withdrawal within the first week of class

90% reduction in liability: Withdrawal within the second week of class

80% reduction in liability: Withdrawal within the third week of class

50% reduction in liability: Withdrawal within the fourth week of class

25% reduction in liability: Withdrawal within the fifth and sixth weeks of class

No reduction in liability will be granted after the sixth week of class.

Room- Reduction based on a pro-rata basis during first week. Same as tuition after the first week - no reduction after sixth week.

Board - Reduction based on a pro-rata basis - no reduction after sixth week.


Upon the arrival to the program, all students will be assessed for their English language proficiency and placed in courses according to their ability level.


Courses in the AIEP are currently not credit-bearing. The Nazareth College official transcript will reflect course completion and grades will be provided by the American Language Institute each semester.

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