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Better Communication Brings More Opportunities

American University's English language and Training Academy (ELTA) is an intensive, full-time ESL (English as a Second Language) program for students who wish to improve their academic English language skills while becoming closely oriented with American culture and university life.

English Language Instruction & U.S. Cultural Immersion

  • 18-20 hours of classroom instruction per week
  • Three levels of instruction from intermediate to advanced
  • Classes taught by experienced and expert faculty
  • Guest lectures, workshops, conversation partners, and site visits into Washington, D.C.
  • Specialized courses focused on U.S. culture

Program Benefits:

  • Pathway program options available
  • No English proficiency exam required for admission (TOEFL, IELTS, etc)
  • Visa support offered for qualified students
  • Access to all AU facilities, including the library, athletic center, clubs & organizations, and Academic Support & Access Center
  • Unlimited DC Metro and bus access with U*Pass
  • Support and advising staff that are specially trained to work with language learners
  • Member of English USA

Learn About Us!


 Get to know the students, staff, and faculty that make up the English Language and Training Academy.

Application Deadlines


  • International Students
    Final Deadline: November 2
  • Domestic Students
    Final Deadline: January 4

"This experience absolutely improved all of my English skills. I highly recommend ELTA for prospective students."
--Yoko Nagashima
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