English for Academic Purposes


Welcome to the Florida College System English for Academic Purposes website. This page is designed to provide resources and updates related to the English for Academic Purposes initiatives. The website provides definitions, related policies, course information and data related to Florida College System EAP programs. The website will be updated as additional resources are made available.

What is English for Academic Purposes or EAP?

EAP stands for English for Academic Purposes. EAP programs provide language instruction for non-native speakers of English who intend to earn associate or bachelor's degrees in Florida colleges.  Although students come from a variety of backgrounds, they are united in their desire to learn academic English in order to succeed with their higher education and career goals.


EAP Related Rules

State Board of Education Rule 6A-14.030: Instruction and Awards in Florida College System Institutions

4. Institutional credit. Institutional credit is postsecondary credit that is competency-based. Institutional credit is not guaranteed to automatically transfer.
(13) English for Academic Purposes. Each Florida College System institution is authorized to provide, according to the needs of its students, instruction that provides English Language Learners with essential language and academic preparation necessary to enroll in college credit instruction in Communications. Satisfactory completion of such instruction shall be recognized by the award of units of measure called institutional credit (0100-0400 series pursuant to the Statewide Course Numbering System EAP taxonomy) or college credit (1500-1600 series pursuant to the Statewide Course Numbering System EAP taxonomy) as defined in paragraphs 6A-10.033(1)(a), (d), F.A.C.

State Board of Education Rule 6A-10.0315: Common Placement Testing and Instruction

(3) Students whose first language is not English may be placed in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) instruction prior to the required common placement testing, if such instruction is otherwise demonstrated as being necessary. Such students shall not be exempt from common placement testing.

EAP Student Financial Aid Information

Federal Student Aid Handbook Vol. 1, Chapter 1, page 4, a student may receive FSA funds for English as a second language (ESL) courses that are part of a larger eligible program. ESL courses don’t count against the one-year limitation (30 semester hours) on remedial coursework, and they need not be at the secondary school level.

The actual regulation citation that indicates that the ESL coursework are exempt from the 1-year limitation (30 semester hours) can be found in 34 CFR 668.20(f). Below is an excerpt – (f) Courses in English as a second language do not count against the one-year academic limitation contained in paragraph (d) of this section.