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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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Didem, Turkey

Master's student in International Affairs

“Taking EAP5845 (Academic Writing) my first semester as an international graduate student was very helpful. I not only learned how to use English skills in a better way, but also gained knowledge about plagiarism and academic expectations, which helped me do well in my other classes. I highly recommend taking EAP classes as early as possible.”

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.”