English Language Program Certificate (ELP)

Next Start
July 2024
Onsite (Seattle)
Total Credits
Price per Credit

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.



Founded in 1973, City University of Seattle offers over 60 on-site and online programs designed for busy working adults like you. When you enroll at CityU, you will have the support of a community of faculty, staff, students, and alumni who are dedicated to helping you finish your degree and reach your goals.