Academic English

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For INTO's Academic English program information, tuition, fees and start dates, visit the INTOstudy site. 

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Improve your language skills while building your knowledge of U.S. culture with the Academic English (AE) program. You can also choose electives of interest, learn industry-specific vocabulary, and prepare for standardized tests.

This program will help you develop the skills to succeed beyond the classroom. You'll learn to: 

  • Use vocabulary common to academic disciplines. 
  • Take accurate notes in academic lectures and presentations 
  • Read, understand, and evaluate academic texts. 
  • Present spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English. 
  • Write research papers with proper use of citations and references.

All students take a Placement Exam during orientation to determine their AE level. You can estimate your level based on your standardized test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo).

INTO Mason will determine the best AE course level for you based on your language assessment scores in reading, writing, speaking and listening. 

The table might help you compare your standardized English proficiency scores with INTO Mason AE levels. Students who submit valid TOEFL iBT or IELTS scores may be eligible for Assured AE Level Placement. 

2122 INTO Mason AE Chart

Program Structure

Start dates: August for the fall semester; January for the spring semester; May for the summer semester.

Program length: 16 weeks in the fall and spring, 11 weeks in the summer.  

Classroom time: 18 to 20 hours per week in the fall and spring, 25 hours per week in the summer. 

Minimum enrollment: One semester 

AE levels: Seven, ranging from beginner to advanced/proficient 

Application requirements: You must be at least 17 and have a high school diploma. 

Progression requirements: After completing Academic English levels, you can continue to an International Year One Undergraduate Pathway or Graduate Pathway, or use your AE Level to apply directly to Mason. 

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Academic English Calender

AE Calendar Fall Semester 2023

Fall Event Fall 2023
Student Orientation Week Aug 14-18
AE First Day of Classes Mon, Aug 21, 2023
AE Exam Period Nov 30 - Dec 5, 2023
AE Last Day of Class Tue, Dec 5, 2023



AE Calendar Spring Semester 2024

Spring Event

Spring 2024

Student Orientation Week Jan 8-12, 2024
AE First Day of Classes Tue, Jan 16, 2024
AE Exam Period Apr 25-30, 2024
AE Last Day of Class Tue, Apr 30, 2024

AE Calendar Summer Semester 2024

Summer Event

Summer 2024

Student Orientation Week May 6-10, 2024
AE First Day of Classes  Mon, May 13, 2024
AE Exam Period Jul 18-19, 2024
AE Last Day of Class Fri, Jul 19, 2024

 *For holidays during semesters, please refer to Mason Academic Calendars: