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English as a Second Language students at the end of semester celebration (fall 2017)

Better Communication Brings More Opportunities

American University's English language and Training Academy (ELTA) is an intensive, full-time ESL (English as a Second Language) program for students who wish to improve their academic English language skills while becoming closely oriented with American culture and university life.

Summer 2018 Application Deadlines

  • International Students
    Priority Deadline: March 9

  • International Students
    Final Deadline: April 6

  • Domestic Students
    Final Deadline: May 28

An Exceptional Program

I strongly recommend ELTA for future students. It is a life changing experience.

ELTA is an exceptional program for learning English, because it helps you to be a well prepared student in university life. It has incredible teachers who are willing to improve your English skills...and help you to become a stronger critical thinker. I learned how to build self-confidence, interact with others, become a good listener, think and learn deeply, and appreciate diversity.

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English Language Instruction & U.S. Cultural Immersion

  • 18 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Three levels of instruction from intermediate to advanced
  • Classes taught by experienced and expert faculty 
  • Guest lectures, workshops, conversation partners, and site visits into Washington, D.C.
  • Specialized courses focused on U.S. culture

ELTA Also Offers:

  • Pathway program options available
  • No English proficiency exam required for admission (TOEFL, IELS, etc)
  • Visa support offered for qualified students
  • Access to all AU facilities, including the library, athletic center, clubs & organizations, and Academic Support & Access Center
  • Support and advising staff that are specially trained to work with language learners
  • Member of English USA

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