CityU’s intensive English Language Program (ELP) is specifically designed for students who would like to study in a U.S. institution of higher learning or for other personal or professional purposes. The goal of the program is to promote cross-cultural understanding through language instruction and to help students become competent in various skills in a wide range of settings, such as social conversations, academic written and oral presentations, or business meetings.
The English Language Program (ELP) consists of six levels for a Level I Certificate or seven levels for a Level II Certificate, from beginning to advanced, plus one pre-development level. You’ll enter at one of these levels, based on your score on a placement test, which can be taken upon arrival or in your home country. Most students complete one level per ten weeks; however, since individuals learn at a different rate, some students may skip or repeat levels.
ELP classes start every five weeks. Full-time ELP students will have 20 hours of classroom work per week (4 hours per day, Monday through Friday), and up to two hours of homework per class hour. Students may also choose to study 1:1 with an instructor in a customized program format, meeting for the same amount of weekly class time.
All CityU instructors have graduate degrees and years of successful teaching experience. We keep class sizes small – no more than 15 students – so that you can get the personal attention you deserve. When you’ve completed the ELP, you can enter our Language-Assisted MBA program or other bachelor’s degree programs without any further language testing.
Welcome to the U.S., to Washington state, and to Seattle! We’re here to provide you with one-on-one assistance in all aspects of your student life: application assistance, pre-arrival and housing information, orientation when you arrive, student activities, and academic as well as immigration advising. Talk with an international student advisor to learn more.
CityU’s main campus is located in downtown Seattle, Washington. The English Language Program is offered by CityU’s Washington Academy of Languages.
Seattle is home to many of the most important businesses in the world, such as Microsoft, Boeing, Starbucks and Amazon.com. Our campus is five minutes from the beauty of Lake Washington, 40 minutes from skiing in the Cascade Mountains, and 2.5 hours from Vancouver, B.C., Canada. A bus system operates between downtown Seattle and the greater Seattle area. There are many apartments available near the site, along with numerous shopping and recreation areas.
The goals of the ELP program are to:
- Promote global understanding through an individualized approach to language instruction and cultural orientation.
- Provide language instruction and training which facilitates personal, academic and professional growth.
- Provide a supportive professional environment for instructional and professional staff that allows them further growth and development.
- Ensure that the program remains a prominent innovator in the area of professional development.
- Continue to evolve as an institution which offers multidisciplinary programs to prepare individuals for successful international and language-related careers.