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Improve your English in Washington, D.C.!

American University’s English Language and Training Academy (ELTA) is an intensive English language program that prepares students for their academic or professional goals. Interactive classes are located on the American University campus and taught by experienced faculty. Get the tools you need to take the next steps in your academic or professional path to success.

Our program is ideal for: 

  • Students looking to strengthen their academic English skills to prepare for undergraduate or graduate studies in the U.S.
  • Professionals seeking to improve their English skills in all areas (speaking, listening, writing, and grammar). 
  • English langue learners interested in an enriching immersive experience and eager to live in a vibrant and diverse city like Washington D.C.
  • Those who enjoy meeting new friends from all around the world.

Application Deadlines

Fall 2024

  • International Deadline: June 1, 2024
  • Domestic Deadline:  August 15, 2024

Spring 2025

  • International Deadline: December 1, 2024
  • Domestic Deadline: January 5, 2024

Program at a glance

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  • 18-20 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Three levels from intermediate to advanced
  • Site visits, workshops, and conversation partners
  • Specialized courses focused on U.S. culture


Students on campus

  • Classes taught by trained and experienced faculty
  • Advising and support from a dedicated staff
  • No application fees
  • Immigration support for qualified students
  • Pathway program options available

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