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Fast Facts

School Size                                                                                                                        Medium
Tuition                                                                                                          $5,000—$10,000 Semester
Affiliation                                                                                                                            Private
Type of School                                                                                                                   University
Student Body Gender                                                                                                       Co-ed
Religious Affiliation                                                                                                          Christian 
Scholarships for International Students                                                                         No 
Conditional Admission Available                                                                                     No 
Top Programs                                       International Service, Public Affair, International Business
Accreditation and Certification                                                                         EnglishUSA Member
Setting                                                                                                                              City, Suburban
Type of Housing                                                                        Residence Hall, Apartment


The English Language & Training Academy (ELTA) at American University 

ELTA offers an intensive, full-time program for students who wish to improve their English language skills while becoming closely oriented with American culture. ELTA provides:
  • High quality English instruction in a diverse, student-centered classroom.
  • Four levels of instruction from high beginner to advanced.
  • 20 hours of instruction per week
  • Guest lectures, workshops, conversation partners with AU students, and site visits into Washington, DC.
  • Classes on the American University campus
  • On-campus housing available during the summer; off-campus housing assistance available all year.
  • Academic and career advising
  • Access to all AU facilities
  • Visa support for qualified students

Program Schedules

Students can choose from a number of flexible study options. All schedules are designed to meet each student's individual goals and effectively prepare them for future work, study, or general communication in English. 
  • Fall Semester
    Late August – December (14 weeks)
  • Fall Half-Semester
    Late August – mid-October (7 weeks)
  • Spring Semester
    Early January – mid-May (14 weeks)
  • Spring Half-Semester
    Early January – mid-March (7 weeks)
  • Summer Semester
    Early June – late July (8 weeks)

Tuition and Additional Costs

  • Tuition for one semester is $7,200 in the fall or spring or $4,100 in the summer
  • Tuition for a 7-week half semester session in the fall or spring is $3,600
  • AU Health insurance costs approximately $470 in the summer and $800 in the fall or spring (per semester)
  • Other costs including meals, housing and transportation vary and estimates can be found on the ELTA website:  HERE


Students in levels 2 - 4 take two core courses: Reading, Writing & Grammar and Listening & Speaking. At the fifth level of ELTA, students take four unique courses: Writing and Grammar, Academic Discussion, Reading and Vocabulary, and Life and Culture in Washington, DC, which is an interdisciplinary course that aims to strengthen all English language skills and deepen students’ understanding of the nation’s exciting capital city. 

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must be at least 18 years old and a graduate of high school/secondary school. In order to attend ELTA, students must provide:
  • Online application form
  • $200 deposit to American University
  • Copy of a valid passport
  • Evidence of financial support

About American University

American University is a private university located in one of northwest Washington, DC's most beautiful residential areas. It offers 69 bachelor’s degrees, 73 master’s degrees, 11 doctoral degrees, and a JD program, as well as 72 certificate programs at both the graduate and undergraduate level. The student body is globally diverse, with students from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 140 countries worldwide. In 2014 the total enrollment was 13,061. 


ELTA instructors are both dedicated and highly qualified, with Master’s Degrees or post-graduate certificates in English language education or related fields and teaching experience in the United States and abroad. 


American University is approximately one mile from the Tenleytown/AU Metro station, which is easily accessible by the free AU shuttle. AU is located on “Embassy Row,” and is within minutes of Washington DC’s most popular sites. The closest airport is Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA), which is about 25 minutes by car and on the Metro. 

Campus Life

Students in ELTA’s intensive program have access to most student services and activities on campus, including: 
  • Student Health Center
  • AU Libraries
  • The Academic Support and Access Center
  • Conversation Partners
  • Kay Spiritual Center
  • Athletics Facilities
  • AU Free Shuttle Service
  • Student Organizations
  • Katzen Arts Center
American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20016 
P: 202-895-4919

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