Better Communication Brings More Opportunities

American University's ELTA is an intensive, full-time program for students who wish to improve their academic English language skills while becoming closely oriented with American culture.

English Language Instruction

  • 18 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Three levels of instruction from intermediate to advanced
  • Classes taught by experienced and expert faculty

Immersion into U.S. Culture

  • Guest lectures, workshops, conversation partners, and site visits into Washington, D.C.
  • Specialized courses focused on U.S. culture


  • Pathway program options available
  • No English proficiency exam required for admission (TOEFL, IELS, etc)
  • Visa support offered for qualified students
  • Access to all AU facilities, including the library, athletic center, clubs & organizations, and Academic Support & Access Center
  • Support and advising staff that are specially trained to work with language learners

Spring 2018 Application Deadlines

  • International Students
    Priority Deadline: September 15

  • International Students
    Final Deadline: November 15

  • Domestic Students
    Final Deadline: January 9

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"ELTA is an exceptional program for learning English because it makes you fluent as well as helps you to be well prepared in university life."

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