English for Academic Purposes

Our English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses offer students a literacy education which acculturates them into the liberal arts academy. These small seminars, with content ranging from business ethics to visual culture, allow you to practice crucial scholarly practices and to grow in your confidence as a member of NYU Shanghai’s academic community.   


In EAP, you will learn how to participate more effectively in academic culture through active speaking and listening. You will work to  improve your discussion and presentation skills. You will practice collecting information in aural form, for example by conducting research interviews, and then you will use this information to achieve various academic purposes. In order to succeed, you will have to learn how to learn better--a process that requires reflection. In each EAP seminar, you will carry out an experiential learning project for which it will be essential to communicate beyond the walls of the university. It is our hope that these experiences will develop your confidence in communication and help you foster the growth of a sense of responsibility for your future learning and language development. These seminars, which range over subjects from business ethics to Shanghai’s urban environment, are meant to provide you opportunities to explore your academic interests, test your academic skills, and begin to develop your intellectual self.


EAP courses are a part of the core curriculum here at NYU Shanghai. Chinese speakers who did not attend an English medium high school are required to take 8 credits of EAP in their first two years, following a two-semester sequence from EAP 100 to EAP 101. EAP 100 must be completed in the first year; most students will complete a 4-credit EAP 100 seminar in the fall term and an EAP 101 seminar in the spring term. A small number of students taking course sequences in the sciences will be eligible to take two 2-credit EAP 100 seminar in the first year and complete EAP 101 the following year. Advisors will alert students if they are eligible for the 2-credit seminar. Students must successfully complete EAP 101 before the end of their second year and before they study away. Students who demonstrate exceptionally strong competence on all learning outcomes as they complete EAP 100 may be recommended by faculty for exemption from EAP 101. Exemptions are rare and most students should expect to complete 8 credits. 

Please find the EAP topics you may choose from for the fall 2018 semester HERE