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Founded in 1964, the AEC is one of the oldest English language centers in the US. Our professional teaching faculty of 30+ members has an average of 16 years of English language teaching experience.

The AEC operates three distinct programs: the core intensive English program (the IEP); specialized short-term programs (STP); and KU Outreach, which includes tailored courses for various academic departments as well as curriculum and instruction for the university’s pathway program. In sum, the AEC offers a full spectrum of English language learning, teacher training and student services.

Our programs and services are delivered by a diverse and highly-qualified team: 17 pool lecturers, eight multi-term lecturers, one academic program associate (our language laboratory director), five language specialists, eight program and administrative staff, and four senior administrators (our associate directors).

Faculty and staff are active members of TESOL International and NAFSA:  Association of International Educators. In addition the AEC is a member of UCIEP:  The Consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs and English USA: American Association of Intensive English Programs. The AEC is accredited by CEA: Commission on English Language Program Accreditation of Alexandria, Virginia through 2018, and are currently progressing through re-accreditation.


The University of Kansas is a comprehensive educational and research institution with more than 28,000 students and 2,800 faculty members. KU has been a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1909. The Lawrence Campus is the main campus of KU and occupies 1,000 acres on and around historic Mount Oread in Lawrence. The Medical Center is located 40 miles away in Kansas City, Kansas, and the Edwards Campus is located in Overland Park, Kansas.

Students at KU can study 41 languages. Nearly 1/3 of KU students study abroad. With 2,200 international students from over 100 nations and students from all 50 states, KU is a truly international university.

This page includes links to a variety of key sources that provide insight into KU as an institution and as an academic community. The websites are not intended to be comprehensive in scope, but will promote a greater understanding of what makes KU a truly distinctive place.


Lawrence is a diverse and multifaceted city that provides many of the amenities of a large metropolitan area, while still maintaining a strong sense of community. Located in Northeast Kansas, Lawrence is just 45 minutes west of Kansas City, and 30 minutes east of Topeka, the state capital. Lawrence offers a rich and fascinating history, a wide range of exciting cultural experiences, and nationally recognized educational institutions, including Haskell First Nations University.

Learn about Lawrence at eXplore Lawrence, the Lawrence Convention and Visitors Bureau.



Lawrence is in the northeastern portion of Kansas, home to more than 1.5 million people in the Kansas City (Kansas portion), Manhattan, Lawrence, and Topeka metropolitan areas.

The Kansas economy is rebounding after the State Legislature voted earlier in 2017 to reverse unprecedentedly deep tax cuts. Bolstering funding to the education sector of Kansas is a high priority for the state.

The Kansas economy is heavily influenced by the aerospace industry. Several large aircraft corporations have manufacturing facilities in Wichita and Kansas City, including Spirit AeroSystems, Cessna, Learjet, and Hawker Beechcraft (formerly Raytheon).

Major company headquarters in Kansas include the Sprint Corporation (with world headquarters in Overland Park), Embarq (with national headquarters in Overland Park), YRC Worldwide (Overland Park), Garmin (Olathe), Payless Shoes (national headquarters and major distribution facilities in Topeka), and Koch Industries (with national headquarters in Wichita). Other global industrial leaders include Black & Veatch and Hallmark.

The Kansas Board of Regents governs six state universities, including KU, one municipal university, nineteen community colleges, and six technical colleges. Around 10,000 international students study in Kansas and around 2,700 students study abroad annually.


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