Intensive English Program for Academic Purposes - ELS 

Intensive English-USA

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About the program

The Intensive English program will begin on January 7, 2019 in the United States. 

Making the choice to attend a college or university in the US can be a big decision for international students, but with the help of our Intensive English program, ELS can help you prepare for academic success. If your goal is to learn English for college or university study abroad, or if you wish to apply for conditional admission to any of the 600+ universities ELS is partnered with, Intensive English may be the right choice for you.

With 12 levels of English language proficiency (from Beginner to Masters), Intensive English covers a wide range of abilities, and can easily prepare you for your academic future. 

Certificate of Completion

Successful completion of Level 112 of the Intensive English program earns you a Certificate of Completion that is accepted by ELS's 600+ college and university partners as proof of the English proficiency needed for admission, and many two-year partner colleges will accept Level 109.

Space in Masters classes permitting, if you successfully complete Intensive English Level 112 and wish to continue to study the Masters curriculum, you may pursue three additional modules of Masters content for additional challenge and growth.




The Intensive English course curriculum is designed to help you easily transition to university study – you will learn the key fundamentals of the English language in conjunction with vital study and classroom skills that will lead to success.

  • Key Language Skills: Our English courses cover all essential language skills such as: listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, and grammar. You will learn to speak with clarity, listen carefully, and gain the writing competencies necessary to complete your academic assignments with ease and accuracy.
  • Key University Success Skills: To succeed in a US college or university, you will need more than just basic English language skills. Our Intensive English program focuses on teaching you critical thinking, how to deliver presentations, public speaking, note-taking, academic research, and more.
  •  Skills Enhancement Classes: Exact courses offered at each location may vary, but ELS Centers offer Skills Enhancement Classes dedicated to subjects such as American Idioms, American Film, Current Events, and American Culture – enabling you to not only learn the English language, but to become part of the conversation. 
  • Applied Learning: In the United States, Contact America! allows you to meet with native English-speakers, practice conversing while using real-world English, and listen to guest lecturers.

Intensive English

Age Requirements
  • Age varies by center and housing option
ELS Levels Covered
  • 12 Levels: 101 (Beginner)
    to 112 (Masters)
Maximum Students / Class
Structure/Speaking Practice, Vocabulary Enrichment
  • 15
Maximum Students / Class
Skills Enhancement Classes
  • 20
Number of Centers offered
  • ALL
Lessons / week
50 minutes each
Monday – Friday
  • 30
Session / level
  • 1 session (4-weeks)
    for each level
Start Dates Annually
  • 26


ELS offers 12 proficiency levels (Beginner to Masters), as well as placement testing to determine the level that best fits your abilities. At the end of every four-week session, if you successfully meet your level's requirements, you will move up to the next level. As you progress through the levels, your courses build upon the skills you learned in the lower levels and become more complex.
Levels 101/102/103
  • Communicates at a basic level in everyday situations
  • Understands English when spoken to slowly and clearly
  • Understands a few words and phrases
  • Responds to simple questions and directions
Levels 104/105/106
  • Communicates facts and opinions
  • Discusses and argues in a culturally acceptable way
  • Understands most questions and statements at normal speaking speed
  • Carries on conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English to shop, order food in restaurants and ask for directions
Option on Completion
  •  Enroll in the Complete Prep Program for the TOEFL iBT® or Business English Program (available at select Centers)
Levels 107/108/109
  • Communicates effectively in most social situations
  • Understands a wide range of idioms
  • Maintains extended conversations with native speakers
  • Uses English with growing accuracy and fluency, including reading and writing
  • Participates fully in most conversations
Option on Completion
  • Enroll concurrently in some host university courses
  • Enter a two-year college
  • Begin a University Certificate Program at participating ELS locations
Levels 110/111/112
  • Speaks and understands English with ease
  • Reads and writes with sufficient proficiency to satisfy professional and university requirements
  • Conducts business competently in English
Option on Completion
  • Begin an undergraduate or graduate degree program

Intensive English-USA ELS Centers

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