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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.

Full-time Requirements


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.


We offer three levels of intensive English courses - intermediate to advanced. Students are typically placed in one level of courses. Some students may be placed in a particular course based on assessment scores so that they can receive an appropriate level of support.


For students on a visa, classes are on a full-time basis, and you will be in class 20 hours per week. Full-time students will also attend chapel and participate in other curricular activities as required by the course. Here is a sample of a typical week.

Sample Schedule
Courses Reading and Vocabulary 5 hours
Writing for Academic Purposes 5 hours
Conversational English 5 hours
Studying in a University 3 hours
Curricular Activities Chapel 1-2 hours
The Writing Studio 1 hour
Language Labs 1 hour

The hours listed for each course above are approximate. These do not reflect the amount of time spent on coursework and assignments. Curricular activities are required of full-time EAP students.

Admission Schedule

Our EAP Courses are offered throughout the year for prospective international students.* We accept applications on an ongoing basis. These deadlines are flexible, based on your circumstances. Please contact us if you have questions.

  Fall—16 weeks Spring—16 weeks Summer—10 weeks
Duration August-December
16 weeks
16 weeks
10 weeks

*The application deadlines above are not applicable to part-time EAP students (i.e. current international students at Lipscomb University or those who do not require a visa to study).

Tuition & Fees

The table below shows tuition and fees for full-time international students (12+ hours) per semester* (Fall, Spring, or Summer).

Category Cost in USD
Tuition $7,500
Housing & Meals $6,690
Health Insurance Contact Us.
I-20/Visa Contact Us.
General Student Fee $1,332


Tuition and fees subject to change. 


  • Tuition: Course fees
  • Housing & Meals: On-campus room in a dormitory & dining plans for residential students
  • Health Insurance: Required for international students; prices vary
  • I-20/Visa: Based on fees determined by UCIS
  • General Student Fee:  Use of campus facilities, student ID, etc.

The above chart does not include personal expenses such as entertainment, clothing, household items, etc.

Accreditation and Memberships

The EAP program is included in the institution's SACSCOC accreditation.

Additionally, the EAP program is approved by the Student and Visa Exchange Program (SEVP) to issue I-20s. We are also proud members of EnglishUSA and Study Tennessee.