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English for Academic Purposes

EAP Program Mission: “To provide English language instruction and support to all current international students, teaching assistants, postdoctoral scholars, and faculty at Florida State University.”

Florida State University and the Center for Intensive English Studies (CIES) take pride in providing academic language support for our international students, teaching assistants, faculty, and post-docs through credit-bearing courses and workshops. These courses and workshops focus on enhancement of written and oral communication skills for success at FSU and professionally. The program also provides oral proficiency assessment for potential visiting scholars (J1 visa holders) and potential teaching assistants.

International Teaching Assistant (ITA) Program

The ITA Program is part of the Graduate School and has been under CIES since August 2005.  The ITA program certifies the spoken English proficiency level of prospective TAs by administering the SPEAK test (an oral proficiency assessment) and reporting scores to departments. The program also offers several credit-bearing courses for TAs whose SPEAK score indicates the need for further language practice, as well as for graduate students who wish for additional English language development.



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Jobeda, Bangladesh

PhD student in Electrical Engineering

"ITA classes at CIES were interesting to me. From multicultural students, I got to learn about their cultures. ITA classes helped me to improve my presentation skills, intonation, and grammar, and gave me confidence to talk in English fluently."

Lidong, China

PhD student in Chemistry

“The FSU EAP Program provides comprehensive skill sets training for efficient communication in the US academic environment. These enhanced communication skills greatly benefit my teaching and research through active interaction with students and other researchers.”