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English for Academic Purposes & U.S. Culture for International Students

SUNY Oswego offers language and cultural support for our international students to help ensure success in the classroom and beyond.  


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English For Academic Purposes

This program is for undergraduate and graduate students as well as exchange students hoping to improve and develop their academic English skills. Each three-credit course counts as an Arts and Science elective towards graduation in most undergraduate majors. Students with lower incoming ESL scores have priority in registering for EAP courses. If there are available seats, the EAP classes will be made available to other international students.


US Culture for International Students

This one credit course is designed to provide knowledge and understanding of American culture for international students to ease their transition into a completely new academic and social environment.

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Minimum required score to enroll in undergraduate degree programs (Will be recommended to take 1- 3 EAP courses)

  • TOEFL iBT = 71
  • IELTS = 6.0

You are ready to take all academic courses 

  • TOEFL iBT = 79+
  • IELTS = 6.5+ 

* Students also have the opportunity to register in SUNY Oswego's Summer Intensive English Program to improve their academic English skills. Coursework will be eligible for college credit.

Course Descriptions

*All students who take EAP or GST270 classes will be assigned a secondary advisor for support in ESL related academic challenges or challenges in communication with faculty due to language proficency or cultural differences for the rest of their academic journey at SUNY Oswego.


Division of Extended Learning

337 Sheldon Hall
Oswego, NY 13126


Phone: 315-312-2270
Fax: 315-312-3078
Email: [email protected]


8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.