Learning English for Academic Purposes - EAP English - ELS 

English for Academic Purposes - USA

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About the program

The English for Academic Purposes Program is for international students who want to attend a college or university abroad, including students who wish to apply for conditional admission to any of ELS's 650+ partner institutions. If learning English for college or university study abroad is your goal, the intensive ELS English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program can help prepare you for success in an academic setting. Morning classes are dedicated to Structure and Speaking Practice or Language Studies, Vocabulary Enrichment (in levels 101-109) or Skills Enhancement Classes (in Masters levels), and a lesson in the Language Technology Center. Afternoon classes are dedicated to Reading and Writing.

Successful completion of Level 112 of the EAP English program earns you a Certificate of Completion that is accepted by ELS's 650+ college and university partners as proof of the English proficiency needed for admission. Many two-year partner colleges will accept Level 109.

Space in Masters classes permitting, if you successfully complete EAP English Level 112 and wish to continue to study the Masters curriculum, you may pursue three additional modules of Masters content for additional challenge and growth.


  • Key Language Skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing, Pronunciation, Grammar
  • Key University Success Skills: Critical thinking, presentations, public speaking, note-taking, academic research, and more
  • Skills Enhancement Classes: Exact courses offered at each location may vary, but Skills Enhancement Classes may be dedicated to subjects such as American Idioms, American Film, Current Events, and American Culture
  • Applied Learning: In the United States, Contact America! allows you to meet with native English-speakers, practice conversing while using real-world English, and listen to guest lecturers

English for Academic Purposes

Age Requirements
  • Age varies by center and housing option
ELS Levels Covered
  • 12 Levels: 101 (Beginner)
    to 112 (Masters)
Maximum Students / Class
Structure/Speaking Practice, Vocabulary Enrichment
  • 15
Maximum Students / Class
Skills Enhancement Classes
  • 20
Number of Centers offered
  • ALL
Lessons / week
50 minutes each
Monday – Friday
  • 30
Session / level
  • 1 session (4-weeks)
    for each level
Start Dates Annually
  • 26


ELS offers 12 proficiency levels (Beginner to Masters), as well as placement testing to determine the level that best fits your abilities. At the end of every four-week session, if you successfully meet your level's requirements, you will move up to the next level. As you progress through the levels, your courses build upon the skills you learned in the lower levels and become more complex.
Levels 101/102/103
  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understands a few words and phrases
  • Responds to simple questions and directions
Levels 104/105/106
  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carries on conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
Option on Completion
  •  Enroll in the Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL iBT® or Business English Program (available at select Centers)
Levels 107/108/109
  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English with growing accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing
  • Participates fully in most conversations
Option on Completion
  • Enroll concurrently in some host university courses
  • Enter a two-year college
  • Begin a University Certificate Program at participating ELS locations
Levels 110/111/112
  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Reads and writes with sufficient proficiency to satisfy professional and university requirements
  • Conducts business competently in English
Option on Completion
  • Begin an undergraduate or graduate degree program

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