What is EAP?
English for Academic Purposes is an English program for speakers of other
languages. The program is designed to bring English skills to a level that
will help students be successful in college courses. EAP is designed for
students who have some background in English.
What Kind of Classes are offered?
Day and evening classes teach English skills involved in speaking/listening,
reading, writing, and grammar. Five levels of EAP courses are offered during
regular college semesters – each semester is approximately 15 weeks
long. While EAP courses are credit courses, only the advanced levels count
toward a degree.
How will EAP help me?
By strengthening English skills, students can improve grades, gain better
jobs, and earn higher wages. In Central Florida especially, bilingual individuals
have more opportunities for employment and promotion. EAP students find
that their increased vocabulary and improved pronunciation help them to
communicate more clearly and be more effective in their everyday lives.
Even though I am not interested in getting a degree, can I still take EAP
Yes. Many students in the program already have degrees but wish to take
EAP for professional development.
How long will it take to complete the EAP program?
This depends on your skill level at the time of entering the program.
How do I get placed into the level of EAP I need?
After completing a Valencia application, go to the Assessment Center and take the LOEP (Levels of English Proficiency) test.
East: Bldg. 5, Room 237
Osceola: Bldg. 1, Room 127
West: SSB Bldg., Room 235
Winter Park: Bldg. 1, Room 128
Is financial aid available to cover the cost of EAP courses?
Yes. Many EAP students do qualify for financial aid, with the exception
of international students.
How do I apply for EAP courses?
Go to the Admissions Office and complete an application for Valencia. You may also complete the application form online. There is a $35.00 application fee.
East: Bldg. 5, Room 211
Osceola: Bldg. 1, Room 150
West: SSB Bldg., Room 106
Winter Park: Bldg. 1, Room 210
What other services does Valencia provide?
Computer Labs with English language learning software
Language Lab and Reading and English Lab
Bilingual staff and international advisors