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Frequently Asked Questions

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Am I ready to study at the ELC?

We invite students from around the world to improve their English language and academic skills here at the English Language Center (ELC) at the University of Denver.

The ELC offers intensive English language program. To be successful here, we recommend students have some knowledge or prior study of English before they begin. The ELC does not offer English courses for true beginners. Students must be able to read, write and speak English well enough to talk about themselves, their home and family, and understand basic classroom commands.

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

What are your application requirements?

As a new ELC student, you will need to submit the following to complete your application:

  1. A copy of the passport name page
  2. A letter of financial guarantee showing sufficient funds
  3. A $75 non-refundable application fee paid with a credit card or Paypal
  4. A completed application with all required documents

If you are a transfer student, these additional documents will need to be submitted:

  1. Copy of U.S. visa
  2. Copy of latest transcripts
  3. Copy of I-20 from current school

If you have all the above documents, you can apply today.

Can I upload all my documents to my application?

Yes, all your documents (passport, bank statement/financial guarantee) can be uploaded to our online application.

How can I pay the application fee?

The $75 application fee can be paid by credit card when submitting your application.

When is your application deadline?

Applications are accepted until all classroom spaces are filled. We recommend you submit your application as soon as possible to ensure acceptance to the quarter of your choice.

I already submitted my application. What is the next step?

Thank you for submitting your ELC application! We work as quickly as possible to review all applications. It takes our admissions staff several days to review and process applications. We will send updates by e-mail to inform you if any documents are missing from your application.

How long before I get my acceptance documents and I-20?

When we receive your completed application with all required documents, it will take approximately 5 - 7 days to prepare your I-20 Certificate of Eligibility and other acceptance documents. It usually takes another 5 - 7 days for you to receive it from e-Ship Global.

Do I have to take an English level test?

Yes! During your first week at the ELC, you will participate in orientation and English testing sessions. All new ELC students are given reading and writing tests as well as an interviews. The purpose of these tests is to ensure you are placed in the correct English level. You do not need to study for the test.

Can I choose my English 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.

When do classes begin and end?

The English Language Center is on the quarter system and offers 10 week programs throughout the year in the fall quarter, winter quarter, spring quarter, and summer quarter. Please refer to our academic calendars for specific program dates.

Our 10 week programs meet for 20 - 24 hours per week. We hold classes Monday - Thursday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.There are no classes on Friday.

What are the costs?

Please refer to our tuition and fees page for updated cost and bank statement/financial guarantee requirements.

Do I need health insurance?

The University of Denver and the State of Colorado require all students to have health insurance.

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. This video helps explain how health insurance in the U.S. works and how to get care when you are sick or injured.

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.

Health insurance covers major injuries and hospital stays. If you are sick, you can visit the DU doctors first and they can usually treat you. If not, they can help arrange for you to go to the hospital or see a specialist. This video helps explain how health insurance in the U.S. works and how to get care when you are sick or injured.

Does admission to ELC give me admission to the University of Denver?

No. You must apply separately to the ELC and to the University of Denver. You can receive English Conditional Admission (ECA) to the university's undergraduate programs. This mean that after you have met the English language requirement, you can be admitted fully to the University of Denver.

For undergraduate programs, visit the Office of International Admission for more information.

For graduate programs, visit the Office Of Graduate Education for more information.