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 classes?
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 171
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
- Fully staffed Language Lab and Reading and English Lab
- Tutoring Center
- Career Center
- Bilingual staff and international advisors