Full-Time EAP Program
The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program is for students whose first language is not English and who want to improve academic English for university.
For international students whose first language is not English, we offer a dynamic, full-time intensive English program on our beautiful Nashville campus. We believe our program is unique, allowing you to improve your academic English whilst fully participating in campus life. If you are an international student requiring an I-20 / student visa to study in the United States, you must participate in the EAP Program on a full-time basis.
Our faculty and instructors are fully qualified in the field of teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL), holding advanced degrees and qualifications in TESOL, ELL or ESL, and skilled in using effective teaching strategies.
Certificate in English for Academic Purposes
Students who participate in EAP on a full-time basis are in a non-degree, certificate program. Upon completion of the full-time program requirements, the university will issue a Certificate in English for Academic Purposes.
As a conditionally admitted student into EAP, you will only enroll in intensive English courses. Credit-bearing courses can be taken upon successful completion of the program.
Students who participate in the EAP program must provide evidence of English language proficiency. We accept the TOEFL and IELTS scores within the bands listed below.
- TOEFL iBT: 50-78
- IELTS (Academic): 5.0-6.0
Are you looking for a TOEFL or IELTS test center? Visit TOEFL Test Center or IELTS Academic Test Center
Note: Lipscomb University undergraduate ETS code for TOEFL: 1161
Students who require a student visa must participate in the EAP program on a full-time basis. Failure to adhere to the conditions of your visa could invalidate it, and your I-20 may be revoked. Additional conditions to your visa may exist. Contact your Admissions Counselor for detailed information.
You will be required to provide evidence that you have sufficient funds to live in the United States for the duration of your study. See our tuition rates and fees for an estimate of costs.
As an international student at Lipscomb University, you are required to obtain health insurance before your arrival to the United States.
During orientation, you will be required to sign an EAP student agreement. This agreement communicates expectations while you are studying in our program.
In order to complete the full-time program and receive a certificate, you must:
- keep your passport, visa and/or I-20 current and valid
- adhere to Lipscomb University’s academic policies
- maintain a grade of “C” or better in each course
- participate full-time for one semester minimum and up to four semesters maximum*
- achieve a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets current admission requirements
- submit an Intent to Complete form to the Registrar's Office
Upon completion of the above requirements, the university will issue a Certificate in English for Academic Purposes. Note: Students enrolled in EAP courses will not receive credit towards graduation, nor will the courses affect GPA.
*At the end of four semesters, students who have not completed the specified requirements for the program will not be allowed to continue in the program and no certificate will be issued.
Students participating full time will apply through the International Admissions process.
International Admissions Process
Academic Support On Campus
We want you to be successful in your academic goals. We will give you the support and resources you will need to develop strong academic language skills through EAP’s specialized courses and academic advising. For academic support outside the classroom, the Academic Success Center (ASC) on campus can help you by providing academic coaching, peer tutoring, collaborative study spaces, and The Writing Studio. Additionally, you have the opportunity to be paired with a student and/or faculty member as a conversation partner each semester.