ELTA has it all: a full-time program for students to improve their English skills and immerse themselves in American culture; the environment of a top 100 university renowned for its international studies and academic excellence; and the location of Washington DC, the cosmopolitan and exciting capital city with activities for everyone. For more information check the school website.
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  • 1705 - 2980 USD
    Living Costs per Month
  • About
  • Programmes
  • Facility & Services
  • Social life


ELTA students attend small classes led by an outstanding faculty. By successfully completing the highest level of ELTA, students also have the opportunity to apply to the university’s conditional admission program without needing to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

About Location

Students have access to all AU campus facilities, including the library, athletic center, clubs and organizations, and the Academic Support and Access Center.

Teaching Method

  • 18 hours of instruction per week.
  • Four levels of instruction from intermediate to advanced.
  • Guest lectures, workshops, conversation partners, and site visits into DC.

Preparation Programmes

English preparation programmes


  • Student Health Center
  • AU's library
  • Kay Spiritual Life Center
  • Fitness Center
  • Free shuttle bus service
  • 200 student-led organizations
  • Katzen Arts Center
  • Academic Support
  • Access Center (ASAC)
  • Conversation Partners


  • Conditional Admission Opportunities
  • Access to all AU facilities, including the library, athletic center, clubs and organizations, and Academic Support and Access Center.
  • Visa support for qualified international students.


  • On-campus housing is only available to ELTA students during the summer semester.
  • Off-campus housing: Living with an American family is a great way for students to practice their English in an informal setting and learn about American culture. With a host family students have the opportunity to see Washington D.C. from the perspective of a local resident and make friends in the process.

Social Programme

Washington D.C. is a fun and exciting place to study. At American University we believe that learning should be done not only in the classroom, but also outside in the community, so we encourage our students to take advantage of the city’s many cultural and historical attractions. Below is a list of a few student favorites.


  • Shopping for local goods and produce at DC’s historic Eastern Market
  • Cheering for Washington’s baseball team at National’s Park
  • Exploring at the National Air and Space Museum
  • Tasting the area’s culinary specialty, Chesapeake Blue Crabs
  • Accessing the Library of Congress, the largest library in the world!


  • Discovering DC’s unique neighborhoods
  • Canoeing or paddle boarding along the Potomac River
  • Attending DC’s Cherry Blossom festival on the National Mall
  • Expanding your musical horizons at Wolf Trap