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Study in the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program

Fall semester classes begin in August in Venice and Bradenton, Florida

What is EAP?

Students who want to improve their English to attend college in the United States or to become more professional in their English communication skills should take English for Academic Purposes (EAP).  This program is a college program for students who already know some English at an Intermediate or Advanced level. EAP is for students who live permanently in the United States. It is not a program for visitors.

 Who can apply to the EAP program?  

 Any person who has a high school diploma from any country (or a GED) can apply to State College of Florida and the EAP program.  To qualify for this program, you should be a permanent resident of the United States, not a visitor or tourist. 

 When do EAP classes begin?

 The college operates on a 16-week semester system.  Fall semester begins in August and Spring semester begins in January.  EAP classes begin every August and January. The application process takes time and students must submit an application and several documents. For that reason, it is important to apply as early as possible, ideally, 6 or more weeks before the start of a semester. For the Venice program, contact Professor Spelleri for assistance. For the Bradenton program, contact Professor Miller. 

Are You Interested in Attending the Venice Campus? 

If you would like to meet to discuss the Venice program or need help with the application process, contact Professor Maria Spelleri for an appointment .  You may also find help in Building 100 on the Venice Campus. 

 What is the EAP program like?

You will be tested and placed in a level. A level 3 or 4 student will take two courses and attend class 10 hours a week.  A level 5 or 6 student will also take two courses and attend class 6 hours a week.  Students in levels 5 and 6 may take other college courses at the same time they are taking EAP courses. The courses have homework, tests, and mandatory attendance.  Classes are small, with 15 students maximum. The  EAP program is in the mornings and evenings.  Levels 3 and 4 are Monday-Thursday, and Level 5 is two days a week only. Level 6 courses are online. Classes are offered both morning and evening on the Venice and Bradenton Campuses.



Hours /Week

Level 3

Grammar and Writing 0385

5 hours a week

Level 3

Reading and Speaking/Listening 0386

5 hours a week

Level 4

Grammar and Writing 0485

5 hours a week

Level 4

Reading and Speaking/Listening 0486

5 hours a week

Level 5

Reading 1520

3 hours a week

Level 5

Writing 1540

3 hours a week

Level 6

Reading 1620

3 hours a week

Level 6

Writing 1640

3 hours a week

 If I don’t want a college degree, can I still take EAP classes? 

Yes! If your goal is to improve your English, you are welcome in the EAP program. However, you still have to apply and be accepted by the college. You can study English for success in college and university, or study English to improve your everyday life! 

Does this program issue  F-1 / I-20 visas for International students? 

No, this program does not issue student visas. This is a program for students who live permanently in the United States.   If you are seeking a student visa to attend college, contact this office, If you already have a student visa and have attended school in the United States, it may be possible to study in the EAP program. For the Venice program, contact  the EAP Curriculum Coordinator, Maria Spelleri at

 How can I apply to the EAP program?

Apply to State College of Florida and submit all the required documents. If you are interested in attending class on the Venice Campus,  you can get personal assistance with this process by emailing Professor Maria Spelleri for an appointment or visiting Building 100.  On the Bradenton Campus, contact Professor Isera Miller or get help in Building 1. Begin the application process as early as you can. Some students need 2 months to complete the process!  

 How much does the EAP program cost?

Tuition for all college courses, including EAP, is based on a credit hour.  A course that is 5 hours a week has 5 credit hours.  The current tuition for each EAP credit hour is as follows:

$102.48/per credit hour for people who are residents of Florida for at least 1 year.


$386.52/per credit hour for people who have not lived in Florida for at least 1 year.

Example:   A Level 4 EAP student taking both classes will have 10 credit hours per week for that semester.  The tuition to complete level 4 is 10 credit hours x $102.48 = $1024.48 for a Florida resident.  Financial Aid may be available for qualified students. Click here to learn more about Financial Aid. It is important to apply to the EAP program early so you can also apply for Financial Aid.   NOTE:  The calculations above are tuition only. Click here to read more about the cost of college.  

Our Students Are Successful! 

Most EAP students continue at State College of Florida and successfully graduate. Many transfer to a university to continue their studies after SCF. Students in the EAP program will meet with an advisor to discuss future classes and career programs at State College of Florida. Students have support from the SCF library, the Writing Center, the Career Center, a variety of student clubs and organizations, and of course, their excellent  instructors! 


Contact for more information:

Venice Campus: Professor Maria Spelleri (English only) (941) 408-1505

Bradenton Campus: Dr. Isera Miller (English only)  (941) 752-5472  

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