Since 1985, the ELC has offered a comprehensive English language program to strengthen your language skills, develop your cross cultural awareness, and enrich your personal growth and development. The ELC program is for students who want to pursue university study in the United States as well as for students who want to improve their English for employment purposes.
The ELC offers three programs of instruction each year; the fall and spring semesters are 15 weeks long and there is a 10 week summer session. Students are enrolled in the core courses of Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening, and Speaking at one of four levels of instruction: beginning through advanced. In addition, students will be assigned one course from a series of English Applications, and they work in the Language Resource Laboratory.
Successful completion of upper level classes allows students to waive the TOEFL exam and enter Towson University if other qualifications are met.
WHO ARE OUR STUDENTS?
Students come from around the world - Korea, Taiwan, China, Mali, Senegal, France, Saudi Arabia, Colombia, Peru, Vietnam, Thailand, Spain - with a majority (65%) coming from Asia.
ELC students are eligible to use all university facilities including the gyms, tennis courts, climbing wall, library, restaurants, book store, health and counseling centers, free movie rentals, swimming pool, and more.
Social events, introducing you to life on an American campus and to the Baltimore region, are an important part of the ELC program.
Activities occur monthly and include a welcome party, an off-campus trip (Washington, D.C., NYC, OCean City, Annapolis, Harper's Ferry, or the Amish country in Pennsylvania), an ELC lunch, a party at a teacher's home, events related to American holidays, and a final reception.
ELC students may also participate in International Week during the spring semester, and they are encouraged to bring their national costumes to wear during International Week activities.
I-20s are issued by the university for those seeking F1 student visas.
The International Student and Scholar Office on campus is available to assist students with visa renewal and extension issues.
How to get there
BWI - Baltimore Washington International Airport is most convenient. In addition, there is Washington National and Dulles International in Virginia.