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Better Communication Brings More Opportunities

In response to the COVID-19 crisis and in order to safeguard the health and well being of our students, American University's English Language & Training Academy is online for Fall 2020.

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

Fall 2020

  • International Students
    Priority Deadline: May 29
  • International Students
    Final Deadline: June 26
  • Domestic Students
    Final Deadline: August 7

"This experience absolutely improved all of my English skills. I highly recommend ELTA for prospective students."
--Yoko Nagashima
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MTV Europe Music Award Honors ELTA-ESL Student

The MTV Europe Music Awards recently honored five people with a Generation Change Award, and a new American University student was among the young leaders recognized. Sonita Alizadeh traveled a remarkable path—literally and figuratively—to attend AU. She’s now taking classes in the English Language and Training Academy. But it wasn’t so many years ago that she faced an uncertain future.

Read more about Sonita's path