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English Language Center

Degree Programs



We offer 10 week intensive English language programs.

Classes meet Monday to Thursday for 20 - 24 hours per week.

Summer Quarter classes for 2020 will be offered online. Email us if you have questions about applying for summer.

ELC students improve their English language skills, learn about U.S. academic culture and expectations, and are better prepared to succeed in a degree program. Our programs focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and pronunciation. Students can also choose to concentrate their studies in the following areas:

  • Business and Entrepreneurship
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
  • U.S. Culture

ELC students have an instructor assigned as their Advisor. The instructor will serve as the Advisor throughout the student's course of study at the ELC. Advisors help students register for class and answer questions about campus resources. The support and guidance from our Advisors ensures all our students progress and improve their English language skills and are prepared for success.

Students succeed after attending our programs. Many students study at the University of Denver or other universities throughout the United States.

ELC Quarters

Click here for program dates and academic calendars.

Placement Testing and English Levels

Prior to arriving on campus, students take an online English language proficiency assessment. 

Students accepted to a 10-week program will receive a code to take the Duolingo English Test for free.

As a substitute to Duolingo, students may also choose to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam at their own cost. Scores on the TOEFL and IELTS are only accepted if taken within 90 days from the start of the quarter.

Students are assessed for placement into one of the four English levels:

  • Foundations
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • University Transitions

ELC Level Placement Scoring

ELC Quarters


ELC Curriculum and Time to Complete

The ELC curriculum consists of Academic Skills and Communication Skills Classes, as well as Focus Classes with concentrations in Business & Entrepreneurship, STEM, and U.S. Culture.

Academic Skills classes focus on academic reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar skills through a variety of learning activities.

Communication Skills classes focus on practical language use in meaningful and authentic activities and introduces students to U.S. culture.

The table below is a general timeline of completion as students successfully improve their English and progress through the program.


ELC Curriculum Overview

ELC Curriculum

*All new students must take and pass the 'Intro to Campus Culture' course in their first quarter at the ELC.

**Click here for CEFR Descriptors




Enroll in our FREE Online Course

"Your Adventure Story: From Home to a U.S. University"

We are offering a FREE massive open online course (MOOC) where you will take a virtual journey that starts in your home country and ends at a U.S. university campus. Develop your English language skills, find out about scholarships, learn about the visa process, explore university culture, and write your personal statement. The course will help you achieve your goal of studying abroad in the U.S. All international students can benefit from this free course.

Click the button below and enroll today! The course is FREE.




Are you an Au Pair in Colorado?

Register for classes to meet the 72 hours required for your J-1 visa.

Each class comprises 36 total hours of instruction and activities. Au Pairs can take 2 courses to meet the 72 hours required for the J-1 visa. Register today!

Au Pair Language & Culture Classes

  • Real World Communication
  • Strategies for Success
  • Cooking up Culture
  • Visual Discoveries




The University of Denver accepts students through English Conditional Admission (ECA).

English Conditional Admission is an option for all undergraduate students and some graduate student applicants to the University of Denver. ECA students must meet all admission requirements except their English proficiency.

Undergraduate students accepted through ECA will be required to study at the ELC full-time and successfully complete our LAUNCH Curriculum.


LAUNCH Curriculum

The LAUNCH Curriculum consists of students enrolling in 1 – 3 courses (4 - 12 credits) depending on their level and English needs.

  • Students can earn up to 12 credits toward a University of Denver degree.
  • Courses focusing on academic writing, speaking, and U.S. culture.
  • Students who successfully complete the LAUNCH Curriculum are fully admitted to their degree program.

Click here for more information about our LAUNCH Curriculum.



LEARN ENGLISH AT DU (LEADU) - Short Term Program

The ELC offers custom, short-term (1 - 4 week) programs through our Learn English at DU (LEADU) course for groups of students. Class content and activities are customized to meet the specific needs of groups. We can create programs for groups of 10 or more students, focusing on a range of topics, such as business, STEM, law, music, arts & the humanities, or leadership and entrepreneurship.

LEADU students improve their English by immersing themselves in the University of Denver community, as well as the city of Denver, allowing students to use English in real-life settings. Read more about LEADU programs with our international university partners.

LEADU programs typically offer English language study in the morning, followed by topic and activity-based classes in the afternoon. The program is designed to attract university students from around the world, with varying levels of English, as well as executives and professionals in different fields.

Submit the short-term program request form below to get started!