International Programs

English Language Academy

Intensive Academic English in the Heart of the Chicago Loop

English Language Academy (ELA) offers English courses and activities that meet the personal and professional goals of our international students. The ELA is a full-time intensive academic language program focused on the language and academic skills used in university degree programs and professional endeavors.

ELA classes are small, usually from 10 to 17 students, and they are taught by expert instructors.

Normally ELA students work in one level for the entire term-10 weeks in Fall, Winter or Spring; 8 weeks in Summer-before passing to the next level.

In the ELA, your level is decided by placement tests given at the beginning of your first term. These tests generally include an Institutional TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and a writing sample.

All ELA students must have health insurance. See the Housing and Other Services Page for more details.

Application Information

Click here to apply to the ELA online!

If you are unable to complete the online application, please contact the ELA by phone or email. 

Phone: 1-312-362-6455
Fax: 1-312-362-8301

For F-1 transfer students only: Please ask your current school to complete this form and send it to the English Language Academy.