Mar 21, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Catalog

EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

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The EAP (English for Academic Purposes) program is an intensive English program to support international speakers of other languages with the development of academic English language skills through specialized, non-credit bearing courses. It is a full-time, non-degree program that allows students to improve academic English for the purposes of entering a degree program. Conditional admission is granted to Lipscomb University through the EAP program to allow students to fully participate in student life while studying English. At the end of their first term, students must meet the requirements of conditional admission as stated in the catalog.

The EAP program is approved by the Student and Visa Exchange Program (SEVP). Lipscomb University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lipscomb University.  The EAP program is included in this accreditation.

Students are considered full-time based on 20-24 clock hours per week. Each 16-week semester will consist of the following:

  • non-degree coursework per semester
    • 20 hours intensive English class per week
    • 2-4 hours labs or service/culture (out-of-class)

To qualify for the program, students must score within the following ranges on an English language proficiency exam:

  • TOEFL: 45-78 (iBT), 450-547 (PBT)
  • IELTS (Academic): 4.5-6.0

To complete the EAP program, students must maintain a grade of “C” in EAP courses and 2.5 cumulative GPA whilst maintaining a course load of 12 hours. Students who successfully complete the program’s requirements are granted full admission to the university (see International Students). The program adheres to the university’s Academic Probation and Suspension Policy (See Academic Probation).

English for Academic Purposes Courses

    - Conversational English in Academic Settings - Intermediate F, SP, SU

EAP 1320   - Reading and Vocabulary - Intermediate F, SP, SU

EAP 1330   - Writing for Academic Purposes - Intermediate F, SP, SU

EAP 1340   - Studying in a University - Intermediate F, SP, SU

EAP 1410   - Conversational English in Academic Settings - Pre-Advanced F, SP, SU

EAP 1420   - Reading and Vocabulary - Pre-Advanced F, SP, SU

EAP 1430   - Writing for Academic Purposes - Pre-Advanced F, SP, SU

EAP 1440   - Studying in a University - Pre-Advanced F, SP, SU

EAP 1510   - Conversational English in Academic Settings - Advanced F, SP, SU

EAP 1520   - Reading and Vocabulary - Advanced F, SP, SU

EAP 1530   - Writing for Academic Purposes - Advanced F, SP, SU

EAP 1540   - Studying in a University - Advanced F, SP, SU

Information about the EAP program can be found online at or contact us via e-mail at

Prospective students must submit an international student application and meet the admission requirements. For admissions information, contact the Office of Admissions by telephone at 615.966.1776 or 877.582.4766, by email at, by visiting, or by mail at One University Park Drive, Nashville TN 37204-3951, USA.

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