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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I ready to study at the ELC?

The English Language Center is an intensive English language program. To be successful here, students MUST have some knowledge or prior study of English before they begin. The ELC does not offer basic ESL courses. Students must be able to read, write and speak English well enough to understand classroom commands, talk about family, home and themselves. Students may take this quiz to see if they are ready to study at the ELC.

If a student arrives at the ELC for orientation and testing and tests into a basic level he or she will be asked to transfer to another program.

What do I need to send in to apply?

1) a completed application
2) an original bank statement or financial guarantee
3) a copy of your passport name page and
4) the $75 application fee. Applications

Can I send all my documents by email or fax?

No, the original bank statement must be sent in the mail.  The completed application form, passport copy, and proof of application fee payment can all be faxed or e-mailed.

How can I pay the application fee?

The application fee can be paid by cash, check or by wire transfer. We do NOT accept credit cards.

When is your application deadline?

Applications are accepted until all spaces are filled. Please submit your application as soon as possible to ensure acceptance to the quarter of your choice. Check the website for important deadlines. There are no waitlists and applications will not be accepted after the deadline.

How long before I get my acceptance documents?

When we receive your completed application (all required documents), it will take one week to prepare the documents and 7-10 days for you to receive it from Federal Express.

Can I choose my level?

At the beginning of each quarter the ELC has testing and orientation sessions for all new students. Students are placed into the correct level based on these tests.

What are the tests like?

There will be reading and writing tests as well as an interview during the testing and orientation sessions. You do not need to study for the test.

When do classes begin and end?

The English Language Center is on the quarter system, just like DU. Academic Calendar

The ELC has classes from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday-Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday. Students are in class for 22.5 hours a week.

What are the classes?

Please see the Curriculum and Class Description page.

What are the costs?

Please see the Tuition and Fees page.

Even if you are living with friends or family, you still must show you have money to pay for housing. This is a US government requirement.

Why do I need health insurance?

Health care in the US is very expensive. It can cost many thousands of dollars to go to the hospital. Health insurance companies pay most of those costs for you if you buy a health insurance plan. The University of Denver and the State of Colorado require you to have health insurance. It is the law. You can show proof of insurance from your home country or purchase insurance online during registration.  Medical insurance coverage must begin the day a student enters the U.S.

For more information about health insurance please visit The Health and Counseling Center

What is the difference between the health fee and health insurance?

The health fee allows you to see DU doctors for minor illnesses, like a sore throat or a cold, for no additional cost. (Medicine will cost more.) Health insurance covers major injuries and hospital stay. If you are sick, you can visit the DU doctors first. They can usually treat you. If not, they can help arrange for you to go to the hospital or see a specialist.

Does admission to ELC give me admission to DU?

No. You must apply separately to each. You can be conditionally admitted to the University - that means that after you have met the English requirement, you can be admitted fully to the University. But, being accepted to the ELC does not mean that you are admitted to DU. Visit the international admissions page at /apply/admission/index.html for more information.