• Application Deadline
  • 19 days


The English Language and Cultural Experience (ELCE) program from California State University Northridge offers activities where students can interact with US and other international students. Language and culture instruction takes place each morning, Monday-Friday from 9-12. During the first half of the morning, instruction focuses on speaking and listening with an emphasis on accuracy and fluency. The second half is devoted to culture and conversation.

The entire curriculum is designed not only to improve English-language proficiency but also to provide an awareness and appreciation of American culture – especially that of the Los Angeles area.

Programme Structure

Morning Classes

Classes meet daily, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Speaking and Listening (9-10:20 a.m.)

This class focuses on helping students improve their listening, comprehension and speaking skills, so that they will be well prepared to converse with English-speakers and understand daily discussions as well as television shows and films. These classes, which are interactive and fun, also increase vocabulary and enhance overall English proficiency in ways that can be applied immediately.

Culture and Conversation (10:30 a.m.-12 noon)

This class familiarizes students with American life and culture. During these sessions, students improve their conversation skills by participating in a variety of interactive activities, including games, role-playing, online exercises and discussions and debates related to American customs, culture, history and everyday-life.

Optional Afternoon Activities

In the afternoon, students participate in a number of activities that enable them to practice their English outside of the classroom. Typical afternoon activities include the following:

  • Conversations with native English-speakers
  • Visits to university classes
  • Participation in campus cultural, social or sports events
  • Real-life English practice, such as shopping in local stores, eating at nearby restaurants, or being in the audience during the taping of a television show
  • Visits to the Student Recreation Center (SRC)

Note: Activities vary from session to session

Detailed Programme Facts

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

  • Applicant must be at least 18 years old or accompanied by a local guardian 25 years of age or older.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    1217 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1217 USD for the full programme and a duration of 19 days.
  • National Applies to you

    1217 USD/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1217 USD for the full programme and a duration of 19 days.
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Living costs for Los Angeles

  • 1520 - 2570 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Check the programme website for information about funding options.

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