Update on AEIS advising and courses

Questions regarding the following information should be directed to the AEIS Advising Office (7 Pacific Hall) or aeisinfo@uoregon.edu.

Announcing a change in the AEIS Program

Since the inception of the AEIS program, the Office of International Affairs has taken on the responsibility of advising international students about their AEIS requirements. This year, for the first time, that responsibility has shifted to the American English Institute. Six career-track faculty members will be working to insure ail-day coverage in the new AEIS Advising Office, located in 7 Pacific Hall beginning the week of Sept. 23. Students will be able to drop in or make appointments by contacting: aeisinfo@uoregon.edu

What is AEIS?

Academic English for International Students (AEIS) is a program designed to help international students improve proficiency in English for academic purposes. For a more complete description of the program, please visit the AEIS website: http:// aei.uoregon.edu/programs/aeis.

Who should take the AEIS placement test?

All new undergraduate international students are required to take the AEIS placement test except for the following:

  • Students whose first language in English
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. university
  • Exchange or sponsored students who are not seeking a degree from the UO

Students whose placement test indicates they need AEIS courses must complete them within their first academic year at the University of Oregon, and must complete all their required AEIS courses before taking WR121. Successful completion of AEIS courses is a mandatory graduation requirement.

Who takes AEIS courses?

All new international students must satisfy AEIS requirements upon enrolling at the University of Oregon. Students who enter the UO with one of the following qualifications will have satisfied the requirement:

  • Students whose first language is English
  • Students with a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited U.S. university
  • Exchange or sponsored students who are not seeking a degree from the UO
  • Undergraduate students with TOEFL scores of 575 (88 IBT, 7 IELTS) Graduate students with TOEFL scores of 575 (88 IBT, 7 IELTS) or above

AEIS in the Degree Audit

The Registrar’s Office has allowed for students admitted Fall, 2012 and after to have their AEIS requirements listed on their degree audit. The degree audit will tell you what a student’s AEIS requirements are. If a student has questions about their remaining courses, they should contact the AEIS Advising Office and schedule an appointment. Degree audits can be accessed through Duckweb.

What to tell a student if AEIS courses are full

AEIS is facing space constraints and high student numbers. Please encourage students to continue to check space availability on Duckweb until the last day to add (Oct. 9). Many registered students exempt from their AEIS requirements as a result of in-class assessments on day one, and subsequently drop courses, opening space for other students to register. It is important to encourage students to take AEIS classes as soon as they become available. When AEIS classes fill up, students worry about completing their courses within the one-year requirement. Our office will actively follow up with students who have not completed their AEIS classes within one year and work with them to ensure that they can finish their requirements as soon as possible. This will help students be better prepared to succeed academically, and will also help alleviate future space constraints.