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Better Communication Brings More Opportunities

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and in order to safeguard the health and well being of our students, American University's English Language & Training Academy is online for Spring 2021.

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.

English Language Instruction & U.S. Cultural Immersion

  • 18-20 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Three levels of instruction from intermediate to advanced
  • Classes taught by experienced and expert faculty
  • Guest lectures, workshops, and conversation partners
  • Specialized courses focused on U.S. culture

Program Benefits:

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

Learn About Us!


 Get to know the students, instructors, and staff that make up the English Language and Training Academy.

Application Deadlines

Summer 2021

  • Priority International Deadline: Feb 26
  • Final International Deadline: March 30
  • Final Domestic Deadline: May 7

Fall 2021

  • Priority International Deadline: April 30
  • Final International Deadline: June 1
  • Final Domestic Deadline: August 13

"ELTA is an extraordinary program that has helped me significantly improve my English language skills."
--Nadia Murad
Nobel Peace Prize Winner
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MTV Europe Music Award Honors ELTA-ESL Student

The MTV Europe Music Awards recently honored five people with a Generation Change Award, and a new American University student was among the young leaders recognized. Sonita Alizadeh traveled a remarkable path—literally and figuratively—to attend AU. She’s now taking classes in the English Language and Training Academy. But it wasn’t so many years ago that she faced an uncertain future.

Read more about Sonita's path