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The Intensive Language and Culture Program

UAH’s Intensive Language and Culture Program (ILC) is an academic program that assists students as they develop the language skills needed for study in an English-language university.

With a rigorous curriculum and strict attendance requirements, the program is designed to provide all the information a student will need to progress rapidly in his/her acquisition of English for use in an academic setting. It also includes a number of off-campus trips that are designed to complement the program’s classroom-based learning objectives and provide students with exposure to language within regional cultural contexts. Destinations include:

  • The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in Birmingham, AL
  • The CNN Center in Atlanta, GA
  • Helen Keller’s home, Ivy Green, in Tuscumbia, AL
  • The Parthenon in Nashville, TN
  • The Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN

Program Overview

The ILC serves the needs of non-native speakers of English at UAH. It enables students at the 010-040 level (high beginner – high intermediate) to prepare for study at English-language universities and students at the 050 level (advanced) to polish their English-language skills during their first semester at UAH.

The program comprises 20 hours of classroom instruction per week to help students develop their skills in both oral and written academic English. The approach follows principles of communicative language teaching, with a focus on the four component skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Additional work in pragmatics, grammar, and pronunciation support progress in both accuracy and fluency, with special attention paid to interaction in a U.S. university context.


If you do not currently meet the requirements for admission to a degree program at UAH, you are encouraged to apply for admission to the ILC program. Successful completion of the ILC program meets the language proficiency standard for admission to degree programs at UAH.

Additional Information

If you are interested in applying to the ILC or receiving additional information, please contact the director of the ILC at  To apply, visit our ILC admission page.