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English Language Center


Intensive English PROGRAMS

The ELC offers 9 week intensive English language programs throughout the year.

Our 9 week programs start in January for the winter quarter, March for the spring quarter, June for the summer quarter, and September for the fall quarter. The programs are 20 hours per week.

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Students who attend our programs will improve their English, learn about U.S. academic skills, and be better prepared to succeed in a degree program. Programs focus on reading, writing, grammar, listening, speaking and pronunciation. We also offer elective classes that focus on Business Writing, Service Learning, American Culture (Colorado or Sports), Digital Magazine, Improvisation, and Culture, Safety and Empowerment.

Students take an English placement assessment when they arrive and are placed in one of the following 6 levels:

  • Level 1 - Foundations
  • Level 2 - Intermediate Low
  • Level 3 - Intermediate High
  • Level 4 - Advanced Low
  • Level 5 - Advanced High
  • Level 6 - Advanced Academic Strategies Certificate (AASC)

ELC Levels

Winter Interterm

Many students want to continue to improve their English between quarters. Between the end of the fall quarter and the start of the winter quarter, students can continue to study at the ELC during the Winter Interterm, from mid-November through mid-December. Students can choose from the following courses:

English for Academic Success
Students improve abilities in all four language skills with a focused IELTS practice and also develop strategies for time management, goal setting, and test taking. Students will also have the opportunity to take four practice IELTS tests during the course and get feedback on areas for improvement.

Discovering Denver
Learn more about Denver's diverse neighborhoods, histories and cultures. Students will visit a different part of the city and practice English through walking tours, interviews with locals, museum visits, and more. Students will also increase their confidence with speaking, listening and pronunciation while exploring Denver.

Click here for an overview of our English levels and classes.



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.

LAUNCH Curriculum

Students accepted through ECA will be required to study at the ELC full-time until they successfully complete the 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 English Conditional Admission.

Click here for more information about our LAUNCH Curriculum.



The ELC offers custom, short-term (1 - 4 week) programs through our Learn English at DU (LEADU) course. Class content and activities are customized to meet the specific needs of students.

LEADU students improve their English by using the University and the Denver community as a laboratory, allowing students to use English in real-life settings.

The course concentrates on 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 as well as executives and professionals in different fields.

Click here and email us for more information about LEADU