English Foundation Program

Foundation Program

In the Foundation Program you make the critical transition from studying English as a language to studying for your degree in English. The credits you receive in this full-time semester-long program count towards university requirements for graduation. You experience the most distinctive part of an American liberal arts education: studying several types of subjects with professors who are specialists in their fields.

Foundation semester

In the first semester you will take four courses.

You will be in EnglishBridge, which consists of two linked courses specially chosen for you from a wide variety of subject areas. This interdisciplinary learning experience will encourage you to approach the same questions in different ways, all while improving and practicing the language-based skills required for success in an American university.

EnglishBridge features exactly the same type of courses that all other new freshman take in their first semester at AUP. What makes EnglishBridge distinctive is that you will have more time with your professors to work through course material and to understand what you have to do to succeed in an American university environment.

In your first semester you will also take these two classes:

EN0850 Intensive Writing

Prepares students to become proficient writers of academic English. Reviews grammar in the context of writing. Students learn the essential steps of writing, such as planning, organization, mechanics, word choice, style, and editing.


EN0600 Grammar For University Coursework

Provides an in-depth understanding of the grammar system of English through formal analysis of excerpts from a variety of sources including academic and non-academic texts and film. Covers fine points such as tense, time, aspect, register, voice, and idioms. Gives individualized feedback to help students focus on their particular needs. Although this course carries 4 Credits, it does not fulfill the University's English requirement.



After the Foundation Semester

In your second semester you take EN 0095 in combination with AUP courses that you will select with the help of your academic advisor. These can be courses that count for the major that you have in mind, other courses required for graduation, or simply courses in areas that attract your intellectual curiosity.

EN0950 Advanced Intensive Writing

Formerly EN 001. Helps students develop greater sophistication, nuance, and style in writing academic papers in English. Allows students to practice all the phases of preparing and producing quality academic writing, including critical thinking, essay planning, outlining and organization, proofreading, editing, and rewriting. Although this course carries 6 credits, it does not fulfill the University's English requirement


  • Other classes to be chosen with the help of the student's advisor

After semester two

Since good, solid writing is so important to university study, AUP continues to provide support for developing this skill. All students at AUP, whatever their native languages, take writing courses, of which up to twenty credits altogether may be applied toward their degree.

To complete the English sequence for the general education requirement Speaking the World, you will take the following writing courses over the next three semesters. This sequence allows students to move into the level best adapted to their needs. You must continue taking English, passing each course with a minimum grade of “C,” until you have completed all levels.

EN1000 Principles Of Academic Writing

Emphasizes the stages required to produce a polished, articulate essay by practicing the necessary components of excellent academic writing: sharpening critical thinking skills, organizing ideas, choosing appropriate and dynamic words, varying prose style, editing, refining, and proofreading. Although this course carries 4 credits, it does not fulfill the University's English requirement.


EN1010 College Writing

Taught through thematically-linked works of literature from the Ancient world to the present day. Stresses expository writing, accurate expression, and logical organization of ideas in academic writing. Recent themes include: Childhood, Friendship from Aristotle to Derrida, Social Organization and Alienation, Monstrosity, and Music and Literature. This course satisfies only 4 credits of the University's English requirement.


EN2020 Writing & Criticism

A series of topic-centered courses refining the skills of academic essay writing, studying a wide range of ideas as expressed in diverse literary genres and periods. Introduces the analysis of literary texts and gives training in the writing of critical essays and research papers. Recent topics include: Utopia and Anti-Utopia, City as Metaphor, Portraits of Women, Culture Conflict, and Labyrinths.