Preparatory Year English Language Program
PYP Program

Preparatory Year English Language Program

The ELI Preparatory Year English Language Program (ELI PYELP) forms the major and mandatory component of the KAU Preparatory Year Program for all newly admitted full-time KAU students. The program is composed of different tracks with different exit proficiency levels catering to the English language needs for faculties in each track.

The ELI PYELP is delivered by experienced and highly-qualified faculty members to approximately 20,000 full-time male and female students each year across the ELI’s four campuses. There are a range of Deanships and Units specifically to assist students throughout the program’s duration.

The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) is used to describe the language proficiency levels in each program.

General English Track (ELIA)

18 hours per week

This track is for students who wish to major in KAU programs where English is not the only or main language of instruction. The ELIA English Language curriculum consists of three modular courses over one academic year that students must complete successfully in order to secure admission into one of these programs. The material gradually increases in complexity and scope ending at the B1 level as reflected on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

ELIA 111 Course Specifications ELIA 112 Course Specifications ELIA 113 Course Specifications

Academic English Track (ELIS)

18 hours per week

This track is for students who wish to go to KAU faculties where English is the only or the main language of instruction. The ELIS English Language curriculum consists of three modular courses over one academic year that students must complete successfully in order to secure admission into a program of their choice. The program ends at the B2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

ELIS 111 Course Specifications ELIS 112 Course Specifications ELIS 113 Course Specifications

English Majors Track (ELIE)

15 hours per week

The ELIE track is for incoming students intending to major in English in the Department of European Languages and Literature at the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. Students in this track are required to get a score on the Cambridge English Placement Test that corresponds to proficiency level A2 as reflected on the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR). The study in this track is three semesters long, taking students from A2+ to B2 on CEFR.

ELIE 101 Course Specifications ELIE 102 Course Specifications ELIE 103 Course Specifications

Geo-Sciences Track (ELIG)

12 hours per week

The ELIG track consists two courses studied over the course of three semesters. Students must complete all required courses in order to gain admission to programs in the faculties of Meteorology, Earth Sciences and Marine Sciences at KAU. Three courses are taught in this track with each course building on the academic and language skills acquired in the previous level. The program ends with the A2 level as reflected on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

ELIG 101 Course Specifications ELIG 102 Course Specifications ELIG 103 Course Specifications

Communication and Media Track (ELIC)

18 hours per week

This track is tailored for students registered with the Faculty of Communication and Media. The two intensive English for Media courses are taught over one academic year of two semesters. The program starts at the A1 level and ends at the A2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

ELIC 101 Course Specifications ELIC 102 Course Specifications ELIC 203 Course Specifications

Faculty of Arts and Humanities Track (ELCA)

3 hours per week

This non intensive track is intended for students wishing to major in programs other than English in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities. The ELCA Track English Language curriculum consists of three academic semesters taking students to A1+ level as reflected on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

ELCA 101 Course Specifications ELCA 102 Course Specifications ELCA 103 Course Specifications

Health Sciences Track (ELIH)

18 hours per week

This track is designed for medical students who wish to join one of the medical faculties at KAU after successfully completing all the required courses in the first, second, and third semesters. The track covers B1, (B1+) and B2 levels as reflected on the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).

All ELIH students need to do the placement test.

ELIH 101 Course Specifications ELIH 102 Course Specifications ELIH 103 Course Specifications


Full Preparatory Year English Language Program (PYELP) course details are available on our National Commission for Academic Accreditation and Evaluation (NCAAA) course specificaion documents.



Last Update
10/27/2022 12:29:51 PM