Montassar AdailiTunisia

I am very happy to have attended the ELTA program at the American University. I appreciate the wonderful atmosphere in class and outside the class. I also like the way of teaching, English is taught to international students in cultural context where students can learn about both the language and the culture. Technology is highly used in ELTA program and that helps very much. Thanks to ELTA my reading, speaking and writing skills are improved. Interestingly, my score in the English test IELTS escalated from 5.5 before ELTA to 7 after ELTA. In addition to the high quality of academic English I had in ELTA, my day to day English is improved also and I am able to use my English in socializing. I had very excellent teachers and very professional and helpful administrators. It is unforgettable experience in my career.

Sameer ShakhshirPalestine

ELTA is a fabulous program taught by a highly qualified and dedicated team of teachers. This program has exceeded my expectations and been a great experience by all means; it’s definitely not limited to linguistics, but way beyond that. The work assigned to students gives no choice but to flourish their English language, develop their presentation skills, and most importantly their discussion leading skills.

Sara ValeriVenezuela

ELTA is a qualified program that is going to take your English, as well as your professional and academic skills to the next level. It is a really intensive program. With a lot of work but also a really broad opportunity to learn, with a beautiful and comfy environment that American University and D.C. provides. The instructors were A+, really good. I learned a lot, and now I feel more prepared in advanced academic activities.

Samba Coulibaly Mali

ELTA is an exceptional program for learning English because it makes you fluent as well as helps you to be a well prepared student in university life. It has incredible teachers who are willing to improve your English skills in so many ways and help you to become a stronger critical thinker, which is the unique part of it. The good thing about this program is, it's not only focused on improving your spoken and written English but also cultivating your mind. Here I learned how to build self-confidence, interact with others, become a good listener, think and learn deeply, and appreciate diversity. Indeed, I strongly recommend ELTA for future students. It is a life changing experience.

Xiaofeng HuangChina

As a previous working professional, I come to the U.S. to advance my career development by pursuing my grad studies. I was worried about my academic performance since I had been out of campus for a while and I was still not confident about my English abilities. Luckily, I found ELTA. Besides helping me in gaining confidence and skills I need, this program has students of very diverse background, which made it possible for me to make some really awesome friends. ELTA is a great program.

Yoko Nagashima Japan

If you want to learn English because you are focusing on your future goals, I would definitely recommend ELTA. My favorite part of ELTA is their system that divides students not only based on their English skill level but also on the next steps that students want to achieve after they complete ELTA. Even though we came from different countries and we had individual opinions, our experience was similar and we could discuss many advanced topics such as politics, economics, business, and history. 

I believe the most efficient and effective way of learning English is using it constantly. In this program, since the classes are small, we have many opportunities to share our opinions with our classmates. Also, skilled instructors can give a lot of spontaneous feedback, and we can learn from the mistakes that we made in class! In addition, I read so many materials to prepare for the class more than I ever had to read before. Although some of the topics were challenging, this experience absolutely improved all of my English skills. I find that participation is necessary to learn in the United States. Therefore, I highly recommend ELTA for prospective students who want to gain useful English!!

Fumitaka ChoJapan

ELTA broadened my perspective to various kinds of English such as vocabulary in daily conversation and literature. In addition, it was great experience for me to meet students from various countries. It was a small class and full of homey atmosphere, which really contributed to our learning. I strongly recommend ELTA to future students.

Kate PrysiazhniukUkraine

[The] ELTA program is a great way to improve your spoken and written English. Moreover, it is a great opportunity for students to learn about American history and culture, as well as explore Washington DC. I met a lot of wonderful people from different countries who will stay my friends forever. In addition, ELTA program has patient and caring teachers, who are really engaged with the students and passionate about our success. I hope that this program will continue to help many students to achieve their goals, just as it helped me.

Mei XueChina

This is my second semester in ELTA. I cannot help saying thanks to ELTA since my English has exploded here. I never felt so confident to communicate with people in English even though I have been learning English for more than 30 years since I was 7 years old. We not only have excellent teachers who are all very high quality in teaching, but we can also take advantage of the great resources from AU and other neighbor universities around DC, like libraries, academic support, learning centers, social clubs, even gyms and swimming pools.

Furthermore, we have diversity of our classmates who come from all over the world with all kinds of careers so we can easily make great friendships. It has helped me to make good preparation for further positions in my career. By the way, the teachers always challenge us and are very responsible to their students. You have to study hard, but you will really benefit a lot from ELTA.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2020

  • International Students
    Priority Deadline: May 29
  • International Students
    Final Deadline: June 19
  • Domestic Students
    Final Deadline: August 7