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Northern Kentucky University (NKU)

American English Language Program (AELP) [Highland Heights, Kentucky]


  • NKU’s AELP provides students with valuable test-taking skills to pass the IELTS, TOEFL, and other tests that they will take during their academic career.
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  • AELP’s 25 hours of class instruction per week from highly-skilled ESL instructors allows you to take full advantage of your time and tuition. Every hour in class provides you with the opportunity to improve your reading, writing, listening, vocabulary, grammar, and speaking skills.
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  • NKU’s safe, beautiful campus with friendly students from 40 U.S. states and 90 countries around the world is the ideal setting for international students to comfortably and quickly learn English.
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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The American English Language Program (AELP) at Northern Kentucky University offers English language classes to students from around the world who wish to improve their grammar, writing, reading, listening, and speaking skills. Graduates of the six-level English program typically go on to study in one of the many undergraduate and graduate degree programs offered at NKU or other colleges and universities around the United States. Enrollment in AELP also helps students gain valuable English language skills to perform well on the TOEFL and IELTS tests, improve their careers or job possibilities, and develop confidence to live, study, and work in an English language environment.
      AELP’s diverse group of students – who come from Asia, Africa, South America, and Europe – enjoy many opportunities to interact with American and international students. Dynamic and engaging classes from experienced ESL instructors 25 hours per week help to make learning English efficient and enjoyable. The educational experience continues outside of class in casual conversations with the friendly students and campus community at NKU during class breaks, at lunchtime, and after classes. There are also many opportunities to meet and talk with Americans in daily life at the residence halls, through student organizations and campus activities, or during events throughout the year in Highland Heights and the Cincinnati area.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 2008
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / TESOL, SACSCOC
      Enrollment : 90
      Average Class Size : 10-15
      Airport Pickup : Available
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Hello! I’m David Gutmann, Director and Lecturer at the American English Language Program of Northern Kentucky University. We would like to help you achieve your goals of speaking, writing, listening, and reading English at a proficient level in the shortest time possible. Our well-qualified English instructors have a professional yet friendly manner, which allow you to learn at a quick pace and give you confidence to reach your academic and career objectives. With 25 hours of class instruction per week, you’ll experience dramatic improvement in your English abilities each month. We also provide you with fun and interesting opportunities to learn outside of the classroom, such as field trips to parks and museums, weekly conversation partner meetings with NKU students, and on-campus activities such as talent shows and student clubs. I believe that we provide you with one of the best ESL programs in the country at a very affordable price. Please give me a call (859-572-7951) or send me an email ( if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you soon here at Northern Kentucky University’s American English Language Program.
      David Gutmann
      Director, American English Language Program
      Northern Kentucky University
    • Northern Kentucky University
      American English Language Program
      International Student and Scholar Services

      University Center 305, 100 Nunn Drive
      Highland Heights, Kentucky  41099  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (859) 572-6517
      FAX: +1 (859) 572-6178
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending the AELP, students have the option to live in on-campus dormitories or off-campus residences. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities, and other students – both American and international. For students who prefer a more independent lifestyle, there are nearby off-campus residences which provide more privacy and offer opportunities to interact with people in the community outside the campus environment. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as soon as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The school may provide information about private off-campus apartments; however, it is the students’ responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • NKU has a vibrant campus that is located in a safe and comfortable suburban environment just 10 minutes south of downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, a major U.S. city with the cultural diversity of college students and families, international restaurants, tree-filled parks, concert venues, museums, and theaters.
    • About the College/University
    • Being a student at NKU means you will have more than a great classroom experience. Enjoy co-curricular learning opportunities from the 15,000 students at NKU by daily interactions through personal conversation partners, campus activities, student organizations, and 25 hours of class per week. Our lively campus community will welcome you and offer you endless opportunities to get involved, build lifelong skills, and create lasting relationships with others. With a calendar that is filled year-round with activities and events, you'll find there's never a dull moment at NKU. Our campus also offers the following:
      - A four-level library with over 100 computers for students
      - Spacious Student Union with restaurants, sushi bar, Starbucks, and game room
      - Newly refurbished campus recreational center with state-of-the-art indoor soccer fields and running track, swimming pool, and exercise equipment
      - Intramural Field Complex with all-weather grass/turf for soccer/football
      - On-campus bookstore
      - Free Wi-Fi Internet Access
      - Student Health Center
      - 10,000-seat arena for basketball and concerts
      - Full-Sized Digital Planetarium Theater
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • The American English Language Program (AELP) at Northern Kentucky University helps students gain proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing the English language. AELP offers sessions throughout the year with 16-week sessions during both fall and spring semesters, and an 8-week session in the summer. Full-time students receive 25 hours of in-class instruction per week and semi-intensive (part-time) students receive 15 hours of instructions per week. Six levels of classes are available from beginner to advanced.

      All students at AELP are taught by highly-skilled instructors so that they can improve English communication skills and develop confidence at school or at work. Through the courses offered, students will also be able to develop their test-taking skills so that they will be better able to pass important proficiency tests along the way. Students in the program are encouraged to develop social connections and friendships to further improve the overall study abroad experience at AELP. In addition to developing overall English proficiency, teachers help students to better understand and respect grammar skills. At the same time, students will gain a better understanding of both American culture and the university environment while studying on the Northern Kentucky University campus. Outside of class, all students are encouraged to join clubs and university organizations and take advantage of all the services and benefits being at NKU.

      Class sizes average from 10-15 students, which is the ideal size for effective English language instruction. To supplement classroom learning, students are also given the opportunity to have weekly conversation partner meetings with NKU students.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10-15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8, 16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 16 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: On-Campus Residence Halls
      Off-Campus Residence (Various)
    • Dates
    • 2021
      16 WEEKS:
      5/13 - 8/138/16 - 12/17

    • Costs
      US$ 50
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,122
      16 WEEKS US$ 4,245
      52 WEEKS US$ 8,490
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,000 US$ 2,122 - 2,612
      16 WEEKS N/A US$ 4,010 US$ 4,245 - 5,225
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing fees include meals.
  • Location
    • United States Highland Heights, Kentucky
    • Location
      Northern Kentucky University
      American English Language Program
      International Student and Scholar Services

      University Center 305, 100 Nunn Drive Highland Heights, Kentucky  41099  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Cincinnati International Airport (CVG):
      The school arranges free airport pick-up service that brings students directly to the campus in approximately 15 minutes.
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