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English for Academic Purposes

For students seeking admission to a college or university outside of your home country, the ELS English for Academic Purposes program provides you with the English language and academic skills you need to accomplish your goal. Complete Level 112 of the program and receive an official certificate recognized by more than 650 colleges and universities confirming that you have achieved the English language proficiency required for admission.

  • Apply for conditional admission to any of our 650+ partner universities
  • Get one free conditional application to any of our Host Institutions
  • Receive free university counseling while studying at ELS
  • Receive an academic transcript
  • Receive a certificate of completion that fulfills the English language requirement for admission to our partner schools within the country of study

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Tuition Cost

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Sample Class Schedule

Actual Activities are Subject to Change.
Exact courses offered at each location may vary.

8:30 – 9:20Structure/Speaking Practice
9:30 – 10:20Structure/Speaking Practice
10:30 – 11:20Vocabulary Enrichment
11:30 – 12:20Language Technology Center
12:20 – 1:30LUNCH
1:30 – 2:30Reading/Writing
2:40 – 3:45Reading/Writing

Level Placement

The ELS curriculum organizes your English learning into 12 levels of proficiency. Each level can be completed in a four-week session in an Intensive English Program.
101 / 102


Ability upon Completion:

  • Knows a few words and phrases
  • Can respond to simple questions and directions

102 / 103

High Beginner

Ability upon Completion:

  • Has a basic ability to communicate in everyday situations
  • Can understand English when spoken slowly and clearly

104 / 105


Ability upon Completion:

  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Can carry on conversations with native speakers
  • Can use English to shop, order food in restaurants, and ask for directions

105 / 106

High Intermediate

Ability upon Completion:

  • Can communicate facts and opinions
  • Is learning to discuss and argue in a culturally acceptable way

Options Upon Completion

  • Can begin the Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL® iBT or Business English Program

107 / 108


Ability upon Completion:

  • Can use English with growing accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing
  • Can participate fully in most conversations

Options Upon Completion

  • Is qualified to take a University Certificate Program at participating ELS locations
  • Can conduct business in English on a basic level

108 / 109

High Advanced

Ability upon Completion:

  • Is prepared for most social situations
  • Knows the meaning of a wide range of idioms
  • Can maintain extended conversations with native speakers

Options Upon Completion

  • Can earn college credit or enroll concurrently in a university
  • Is prepared to enter a two-year college (Only English for Academic Purposes students who complete Level 109)

110 / 111 / 112


Ability upon Completion:

  • Can speak and understand English with ease
  • Is proficient enough in reading and writing to satisfy professional and university requirements (EAP students)

Options Upon Completion

  • Is prepared to begin a four-year American college or university degree program (only English for Academic Purposes students who complete Level 112)
  • Can conduct business competently in English

Pre-Arrival Test: Understand where you are with your English proficiency

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Key Language Skills:

  • Speaking, Listening, Pronunciation, Vocabulary, Reading & Writing

Applied Learning:

  • Students practice conversation and speaking skills using practical, real-world English. They learn to write with accuracy and effectiveness, develop strategic listening skills and improve their use of grammar.
In our state-of-the-art Language Technology Centers, students work on their individual language skills and objectives through technology-supported activities.

Contact America! provides students with the opportunity to meet locals, visit and observe university courses, listen to guest lecturers and participate in local excursions.

Other Resources

ELS state-of-the-art Language Technology Centers (LTC) are available at all ELS locations (except ELS/Juilliard). LTCs integrate computer-supported learning with center-based instructors who supervise student learning and assist with questions. You will have the chance to work on those aspects of your English skills which require the most attention, such as vocabulary development, reading and listening comprehension, and pronunciation.

  • Latest-model personal computers with 43 cm flat panel monitors and the capacity to record student voices
  • General English learning programs that develop listening, speaking, reading, and pronunciation skills
  • Grammar programs that explain important concepts in many different, easy-to-understand formats
  • Advanced listening programs that are based on real university lectures and presentations
  • Pronunciation programs for practice in individual sounds, intonation, and stress
  • Business English programs with authentic content from current business publications and practice scenarios
  • TOEFL® Prep listening excerpts designed to familiarize students with the content and format of the challenging TOEFL® iBT
  • Internet research capability for classroom projects and research papers