PESE (Program for Extensive Studies in English)

For years the AGU Department of English has provided many classes with instruction in English. These English language course offerings include Integrated English classes (IE), and also English language classes in the 4 basic skills as well as in Intensive Education. We also offer upper-division classes taught in English in six specialized subject areas. In 2017, we added more English language classes in specialized subjects in order to broaden the number interdisciplinary areas that students may choose from.

We have now officially begun the PESE initiative in order to answer the need for students who wish to complete a full program exclusively with English language instruction. Along with providing students with specialized courses taught in English, the PESE promotes study abroad in order to encourage our students to gain broader experience. Such experience prepares our students for their professional careers and to become capable players on the international stage.

The specific areas of specialization that we have added to our 1st and 2nd year English language classes are introductory classes in American literature,  Cross-cultural Communication, and English Linguistics. We also offer 1st and 2nd year electives such as speech communication in English.

In 3rd and 4th year classes, along with English language classes in specialized subjects, we also offer classes in such elective subjects as British Thoughts and Cultures, Bible in English, and Business English, all taught in English. Students may also choose to work with one of the native speakers of English on our faculty to complete a 4th-year graduation thesis.

PESE Certification

Students who complete 72 credits in PESE classes (any lower or upper division class taught in English) may qualify for a PESE Certificate of Completion. However, obtaining a Certificate of Completion will require that a student’s English ability is high enough to qualify for the top 4 classes in English for the 2nd year (Reading Ⅱ) or with post-test results at the end of the 2nd year. Registration will be required to obtain this certificate because it is a formal qualification rather than a mere list of classes completed.

Students who qualify for the higher-level English classes, who complete the 72 PESE credits, who register, and who complete the requirements for graduation will earn the PESE Certificate of Completion from the Department of English.

PESE classes (example)

1st year2nd year3rd year4th year
Reading IReading ⅡSeminars
Academic WritingLecture on English Literature Ⅰ/Ⅱ
Academic SkillsLecture on American Culture Ⅰ/Ⅱ
Integrated English Ⅰ/Ⅱ/IIILecture on Communication Ⅰ/Ⅱ
IE Seminar A/BLecture on English Linguistics Ⅰ/Ⅱ
Introduction to American Literature Ⅰ/ⅡBritish Thoughts and Cultures Ⅰ/Ⅱ
Introduction to Cross Cultural Communication Ⅰ/ⅡBible in English Ⅰ/Ⅱ
Introduction to English Linguistics Ⅰ/ⅡAdvanced Academic Writing Ⅰ/Ⅱ
Performance Studies
Speech Communication Ⅰ/Ⅱ
Creative Writing
Journalistic Writing
Business English
Undergraduate Research (BA Thesis)


※As of 2020 academic year. The list of PESE classes is subject to change due to curriculum revision.

For international students

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