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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 2021.

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, and conversation partners
  • Specialized courses focused on U.S. culture
  • AU Law School Pathway Program (LL.M.)

Program Benefits:

  • Pathway program options available
  • No English proficiency exam required for admission (TOEFL, IELTS, etc)
  • Access to all online AU facilities, including the library, clubs & organizations, and Academic Support & Access Center
  • 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, instructors, and staff that make up the English Language and Training Academy.

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Application Deadlines

Spring 2022

  • International Deadline: October 15, 2021
  • Domestic Deadline: January 3, 2022 

Summer 2022

  • International Deadline: April 1, 2022
  • Final Domestic Deadline: May 9, 2022

Fall 2022

  • International Deadline: June 3, 2022
  • Final Domestic Deadline: August 12, 2022

"ELTA is an extraordinary program that has helped me significantly improve my English language skills."
--Nadia Murad
Nobel Peace Prize Winner
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