ELS FastTrack ‒ the fastest way to reach your academic goals

Is your dream to attend a prestigious college or university in the United States? Do you need to improve your English before beginning your studies but worry that standard academic English instruction will take too much time?

ELS now offers ELS FastTrack to help you quickly meet the English requirements of more than 600 undergraduate and graduate programs at U.S. colleges and universities. Apply for ELS FastTrack now, and you will be ready to enroll in your chosen college or university in time for the spring 2018 semester!

The ELS FastTrack program will give you the English and academic study skills needed to be successful in the following degree programs:

  • Associate Degree (AA, AS)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)

By choosing ELS FastTrack, you will begin your English course in July for university or October for community colleges. You will study English for eight hours each day in small classes of students with the same level of English proficiency as you have.

You will finish your English program and meet your chosen college’s or university’s English requirement by mid-December 2017. While studying at your ELS Center, online GMAT® and GRE® practice and preparation are provided (if these tests are required by your university of choice for your degree program) – free of charge! By the beginning of the spring 2018 semester, you will be ready to begin your degree program!

ELS is pleased to offer the ELS FastTrack program at four locations that are designed to be convenient to ELS’s 600+ university partners in the United States. All ELS FastTrack locations are either based on university campuses or are located in cities with many prestigious local college and university options.

Choose from the following four ELS locations to complete your ELS FastTrack program:

  • ELS FastTrack at University of Cincinnati (start July 24, 2017)
  • ELS FastTrack at Hofstra University (start July 17, 2017)
  • ELS FastTrack at Marquette University (start July 17, 2017)
  • ELS FastTrack at DeAnza College (start October 16, 2017)

ELS FastTrack Facts

  • Eight hours of instruction per day
  • Each level is completed in three weeks
  • Students must enroll for the full ELS FastTrack program:
  • ‒ For university study: five sessions plus two bonus sessions

    ‒ For community college study: three sessions plus one bonus session

Steps to the ELS FastTrack

1. Choose your degree program.

Apply through ELS University Admission Services. You do not need to take the TOEFL® or IELTS before applying for university admission.

2. Obtain Conditional Letters of Admission*.

Gain Conditional Admission from your top three choice colleges or universities.

3. Apply to study at an ELS FastTrack location in the United States.

You can choose any of the ELS FastTrack locations in the United States. See below for details.

4. Arrive at the ELS Center and begin ELS FastTrack.

Arrive in July 2017 (or October 2017, for community colleges) and begin ELS FastTrack.

5. Successfully complete ELS FastTrack.

Successfully complete your ELS FastTrack course in December 2017.

6. Begin your degree study in spring semester 2018!

You are now prepared to be successful at college or university, and can begin your degree program!

*Note: not a requirement for ELS FastTrack program.


In order to qualify for the ELS FastTrack program, you must apply for admission to ELS Language Centers and receive an I-20 for your student visa. You will take an English placement test before you arrive to the United States to determine whether your English abilities are aligned with ELS FastTrack.

Visit ELS.edu/HowToApply to contact your local ELS authorized Counselor.