Cultural Immersion and Academic Engagement

At the IEP you will be surrounded by the English language and modern U.S. culture. You will also have full access to UWF resources and campus activities to meet and interact with average U.S. university students. To help students fully prepare for academic study, the IEP requires that all students earn a minimum number of Academic Engagement Credits (AECs) each semester to be awarded a Certificate of Completion.


Academic Engagement Credits

To help students fully prepare for academic study, the IEP requires that all students earn a minimum number of Academic Engagement Credits (AECs) each semester to be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Academic Engagement Credits are activities organized by IEP instructors to give students opportunities to apply their English skills in practical settings. A single activity is between 1 – 2 hours in length with longer activities receiving more credits. Most activities will be open to all IEP students, occur before 9:00 pm on or near the main campus Monday - Friday, and be free of extra expenses. 

 Instructors may organize a few specialized activities which could be restricted to students of specific levels, require extra fees or a non-refundable deposit, and/or be located off-campus and on weekends.

Full-time students must earn a minimum of 20 Academic Engagement Credits (AECs) for the Spring and Fall semesters and a minimum of 10 Academic Engagement Credits for the Summer semester.

Part-time students must earn a minimum number of Academic Engagement Credits commensurate with their course load.

Academic Engagement Credit Calendar