Become Proficient in English for Success

Having a strong grasp of the English language, both conversational and written, is imperative to advancing in an institution of higher education or in a professional setting in the U.S. City University of Seattle welcomes international students and students living in the U.S. to earn an English Language Certificate through the English Language Program.

Class sizes are kept small for personalized instruction. Upon completion of the program, you will feel confident in your English language abilities and will be eligible to enter our language-assisted MBA program or other bachelor’s degree programs without further language testing.

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.

Learning Outcomes

The ELP program provides you with:

  • A global understanding through an individualized approach to language instruction and cultural orientation
  • Language instruction and training that facilitates personal, academic, and professional growth
  • A supportive professional environment for instructional and professional staff that allows for further growth and development.
  • Multidisciplinary programs to prepare you for successful international and language-related careers.

Program Format

The English Language Program (ELP) consists of nine levels. Those who complete Level 6 will earn a Level I Certificate and those who complete Level 8 will earn a Level II Certificate. Courses range from beginning to advanced, plus one pre-development, novice level. You’ll enter at one of these levels based on your score on an English placement test, which can be taken upon arrival or in your home country. Most students complete one level every ten weeks; however, since individuals learn at different rates, some students may skip or repeat levels.

ELP classes start every five weeks. Full-time ELP students will have 20 hours of classroom instruction per week (four hours per day, Monday through Friday), and up to two hours of homework per class hour. Students may also choose to study one-on-one with an instructor in a customized program format. Part-time ELP students will have 10 hours of classroom instruction per week (two hours per day, Monday through Friday). F-1 visa students are not permitted to study part-time unless they have received prior approval from their advisor.

We provide international students with one-on-one assistance in all aspects of student life, including with your application, housing, orientation, activities, and advising.

Total Required Hours per Level: 200

Level 0

ELP 10A Novice: Introduction to Listening & Speaking (0)

ELP 10B Novice: Introduction to Listening & Speaking (0)

ELP 9A Novice: Introduction to Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 9B Novice: Introduction to Reading & Writing (0)

Level 1

ELP 11A Beginner A Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 11B Beginner B Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 12A Beginner A Listening & Speaking (0)

ELP 12B Beginner B Listening & Speaking (0)

Level 2

ELP 21A Elementary A Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 21B Elementary B Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 22A Elementary A Listening & Speaking (0)

ELP 22B Elementary B Listening & Speaking (0)

Level 3

ELP 31A Intermediate A Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 31B Intermediate B Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 32A Intermediate A Listening & Speaking (0)

ELP 32B Intermediate B Listening & Speaking (0)

Level 4

ELP 41A High Intermediate A Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 41B High Intermediate B Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 42A High Intermediate A Listening & Speaking (0)

ELP 42B High Intermediate B Listening & Speaking (0)

Level 5

ELP 51A College Prep IA: Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 51B College Prep IB: Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 52A College Prep IA: Listening & Speaking (0)

ELP 52B College Prep IB: Listening & Speaking (0)

Level 6

ELP 61A College Prep IIA: Academic Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 61B College Prep IIB: Academic Reading & Writing (0)

ELP 62A College Prep IIA: Academic Listening & Speaking (0)

ELP 62B College Prep IIB: Academic Listening & Speaking (0)

Level 7

ELP 73A Advanced Communications I: Introduction to Literature & Composition (0)

ELP 73B Advanced Communications I: Introduction to Literature & Composition (0)

ELP 74A Advanced Communications I: Discourse Analysis & Presentation (0)

ELP 74B Advanced Communications I: Discourse Analysis & Presentation (0)

Level 8

ELP 83A Advanced Communications II: Introduction to Literature & Composition (0)

ELP84A Advanced Communications II: Discourse Analysis &Presentation (0)

ELP83B Advanced Communications II: Introduction to Literature & Composition (0)

ELP 84B Advanced Communications II: Discourse Analysis & Presentation (0)

The English Language Program will prepare you for any number of professions, both domestically and internationally. You may pursue further education or a career in:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Law
  • Marketing
  • Human Resources

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.

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