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English for Academics and Professionals (EAP)

The English for Academics and Professionals (EAP) program offers courses in Academic Writing, Academic Speaking, and Pronunciation. EAP courses at the English Language Center (ELC) support academic written and oral communication for students who use English as an Additional Language (EAL). Students meet both as a group and individually with an instructor to work on their specific language needs.

Academic Writing and Academic Speaking are typically scheduled Mondays and Wednesday OR Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00–10:30am OR 4:15–5:45pm. Pronunciation is typically scheduled Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30–4:00pm. See the registration form (below) for the semester’s specific schedule.


NOTE: FALL 2021 registration opens in early August 2021.

Sign up for a class on the Registration form.

After you have selected a course,

  • The survey may close before the testing date depending on the number of applicants.
  • Placement into course sections is based on 1) first-come, first-served and 2) schedule availability.
  • Only one course may be selected; fill out the survey again for extra classes.
  • Make a note of the time and date of the section you selected as well as the assessment date and time. You will not be able to re-enter the survey after you submit it.
  • Wait to receive an e-mail message regarding your testing schedule.
  • Wait to receive an e-mail message regarding confirmation of your placement into an ELC course.

Class Information

Classes generally:

  • meet twice per week for 90 minutes each over approximately 12 weeks (24 sessions)
  • require up to 2 hours of homework per week


Students complete a language assessment, which includes a writing sample for Academic Writing and a short interview for Academic Speaking and/or Pronunciation. The instructor uses these assessments to better understand each student’s language needs to know which areas to focus on during the course.


Fall 2021 Assessment:

  • Assessments take place from August 17 through August 20 (Select day and time on Registration Form).
  • All assessments take place online.

Course Costs

The ELC offers one cost-free English-language course each Fall and Spring semester to Vanderbilt individuals who use English as an Additional Language (EAL) who are undergraduate, graduate, and professional students or VU faculty, staff, and scholars.*

Course Costs for Eligible VU Community Members

  • 1st course per semester: $0
  • 2nd course per semester: $480
  • 3rd course per semester: $960

Course Costs for VUMC Employees

Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) employees may be required to present official Vanderbilt identification and letters of appointment.

  • $960 per course

Auditing is not available.

*Priority enrollment is given to matriculated, full-time students.

Please contact (+1 615-322-2277) for course cost and payment inquiries. Full payment is due by the end of the first week of ELC classes, which also ends the drop/add period.

Attendance Policy

Since ELC courses are funded for VU community members, their continuation is dependent upon participant completion of each course. Therefore, at least 75% attendance and completion of the course is required. If you register for a course but receive a failing grade due to insufficient attendance, you may not be able to register for future EAP courses, and departments will be notified.


After registration, your teacher will contact you with information about your textbook. You can purchase ELC textbooks at the Vanderbilt University Bookstore.


For information regarding assessment and enrollment, please contact:

Jim Cracraft, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 (615) 322-0247

For information regarding eligibility, please contact:

Susan M. Barone, Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277