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English Language Center

Degree Programs




We offer 10 week intensive English language programs during our fall, winter, spring, and summer terms.

Programs starts in January, March, June, and September. Classes meet Monday to Thursday for at least 20 hours per week.

Study from anywhere in the world! Students can choose to study here on the University of Denver campus or online from home!

Watch the video below to see our in-person and online classrooms.


In our 10 week full-time intensive program, students improve their English language skills, learn about U.S. academic culture and expectations, and are better prepared to succeed in a university degree program. This program focuses on reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and pronunciation. Students can also choose focus (or elective classes) 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 studying at the ELC. Many students enroll in an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Denver or other universities throughout the United States.

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Placement Testing and English Levels (Click here)

Before starting a program, 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.

Based on a student's test score, they are assessed for placement into one of our four English levels:

  • Foundations
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • University Transitions

ELC Level Placement Scoring

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Curriculum and Time to Complete Program (Click here)

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.

Our teachers will make sure you are ready to progress from one ELC level to the next level. Level progression is determined by your English language proficiency. To progress from one level to the next, students must:

  1. Show academic progress by meeting expectations in the course learning outcomes checklist
  2. Pass course work with 70% or higher
  3. Achieve the score needed to level up in the objective final assessment.

If a student does not meet these 3 criteria, they must repeat the level. Due to the structure of our curriculum, students may need to repeat a level multiple times until they have shown an increase in proficiency to move on to the next level. If a student is not exhibiting academic progress due to absences and failing grades, they will be dismissed with a possibility of appeal which may result in academic probation. If a student does not show academic progress due to other factors and/or needs to repeat for a third time, there will be an administrative review with the student's instructors and Associate Director.


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


CEA Accreditation

The intensive English program (IEP) of the English Language Center at the University of Denver is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) for the period December 2015 through December 2025 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S.

For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA: 1001 North Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703)665-3400,

CEA Standards

Complaints Against an Accredited Program





Do you want to improve your English and study part-time?

You can study from anywhere in the world!

Join us for flexible classes customized to meet your needs. We work with you to design a class that helps accomplish your personal goals and that works with your schedule.

Watch a video of our Community English Classes!


  • Classes meet once per week for 2 hours from March 29 - May 28 (9 weeks).
  • You can choose from 6 class schedules based on your English level.
  • Classes are available online or in-person on the University of Denver campus.
  • Classes include grammar and vocabulary instruction, in addition to listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
  • Classes do not fulfill study requirements for F-1 or J-1 visa holders.
  • The total cost is $300.

Email us if you have questions about these classes.

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Enroll in our FREE Online Course - "Your Adventure Story: From Home to a U.S. University"

We also offer a FREE massive open online course (MOOC). The course is self-paced, so you can take as long or little time to finish the course. During the course, 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.

Sign-up Instructions:

  1. Click the "Enroll in ELC Online Course" below
  2. On the sign up website, click "I am a Student"
  3. Use the following Join Code: XF44RW




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
  • Denver Weekend Experience: The Art Scene




Are you interested in studying in a Bachelor's or Master's degree program at the University of Denver?

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 credit-bearing English classes before starting their degree program.





Do you want to study English in Denver for 1 - 4 weeks?

The ELC offers custom 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!