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Office of Internationalization

Learn English at DU (LEADU)

In collaboration with our English Language Center (ELC), we offer custom, short-term programs through our Learn English at DU (LEADU) program. Class content and activities are customized to meet the specific language and cultural needs of groups. We can create programs 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.

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.

Upon completion of the program, students receive a certificate of completion.


LEADU Curriculum

English language learners

LEADU students will learn English in an intensive format, using the University and the Denver community as a laboratory to use English in real-life settings. The morning concentrates on English-language study, and the afternoons are topic-based, putting English into context, or activity-based, putting English into practice. The program is designed to be attractive to university students from around the world as well as executives and business people. While the students will be in English language classrooms together in the morning, they will break out into specialized groups for afternoon discussions and excursions. Some lunches and other activities will be with University of Denver students, creating a vibrant and collaborative learning environment.

English language studyClasses will be kept small to allow for maximal student participation, with a maximum of 15 students per class. Each week will concentrate on a theme of English language learning, English in Context, and English in Practice. Each week in the program will be focused on a different theme.

LEADU programs are developed by the faculty and staff of the English Language Center (ELC) and the Office of Internationalization. LEADU course topics may change based on instructor availability and student interest. 

The University of Denver and the City of Denver

Denver skyline

Denver is one of the most dynamic cities in the United States, and the University of Denver is home to a vibrant and international community of scholars and students, characterized by a spirit of exploration and adventure that draws from the nearby Rocky Mountains and the expansive landscapes of the American West. The city has a strong entrepreneurial culture, arts scene, and has unparalleled access to outdoor activities, from world-renowned ski resorts, kayaking, mountain and urban biking, and hiking. Denver is a metropolitan area of roughly 3,000,000 people, and is served by an extensive light rail and bus system, and is home to one of the world's busiest airports, with flights to cities across the United States and with direct flights to Japan, Europe, Canada, and Mexico. In early 2016, the city will open a train link from downtown to Denver International Airport.

Denver Art Museum

Denver's downtown is easily accessible from DU by light rail, and is the home to major museums and sports facilities. The DU campus boasts a major and cutting-edge athletic facility, a library that is the base of collaborative student academic work, and an arts facility that  is among the best in the country. The University of Denver plays a large role in Denver, and is a major international presence, hosting students from around the world for degree programs and the study of English.

Red Rocks The University of Denver's local-to-global emphasis also results in student opportunities all over the world. DU was ranked first among research universities for undergraduate study abroad participation in the most recent Open Doors report, with over 70% of undergraduates studying abroad for a term or longer. DU students study languages in the Department of Languages and Literatures and in the Center for World Languages and Cultures.


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