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English Language Center

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English Language Center


Intensive English PROGRAMS

The ELC offers 9 week intensive English language programs in the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer quarters.

New students take an English placement assessment when they arrive and are assigned to one of the following 5 levels of English language study:

  • Level 1 - Foundations
  • Level 2 - Intermediate Low
  • Level 3 - Intermediate High
  • Level 4 - Advanced Low
  • Level 5 - Advanced High

ELC Curriculum Model

ELC Curriculum

  • Programs start in January, March, June, and September
  • 9 week programs
  • 20 hours per week
  • Instruction in reading, writing, grammar, listening, speaking and pronunciation
  • Elective classes in upper levels: Service Learning, Pronunciation, Business Writing, American Culture (Colorado or Sports), Digital Magazine, Improvisation, and Culture, Safety and Empowerment

Winter Interterm

During the break 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 will improve abilities in all four language skills with a focused IELTS practice while also developing strategies for time management, goal setting, test taking and more. Students will also have the opportunity to take 4 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. Each day, students will visit a different party of the city and practice English through walking tours, interviews with locals, museum visits, and more. Students will increase their confidence with speaking, listening and pronunciation while exploring all around our beautiful city.

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 - 6 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.

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