English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP)

 

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The University of St. Francis is happy to welcome international students to study in its undergraduate and graduate programs. Oftentimes, international students must improve their English language skills before beginning degree programs. The English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) program is great preparation for international students or other non-native English speakers who would like to have intensive English training before starting their university program. Through ELAP, students preparing for undergraduate and graduate programs can gain valuable English and academic skills that will contribute to their success as students of the University of St. Francis.

We look forward to helping you achieve success in your academic career!

 

ELAP Mission Statement

Our goal is to help non-native English speakers from a wide range of backgrounds improve their English language skills and knowledge of American culture in order to become successful students in the United States.

 

Program Description

English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) is a full-time English language training program offered in 15-week sessions beginning in January (Spring) and August (Fall) as well as during the summer, beginning in May. Full-time ELAP students take a minimum of 18-20 hours of English language instruction each week. Additional electives are also available. Students who do not require a visa may take ELAP courses part-time.

 

Course Start Dates

2013-14 Academic Year
August 12 (Fall)
January 6 (Spring)
May 12 (Summer)*
2014-15 Academic Year
August 18 (Fall)
Spring TBD*
Summer TBD*

*Dates are tentative. Please check back for updated information or contact Angie Maffeo at amaffeo@stfrancis.edu for any questions about summer courses

 

Length of Study

For most intermediate-level students (ELAP Level II), the program will last two semesters (approximately 8 months). For upper-intermediate and advanced-level students (ELAP Level III), the ELAP program normally will last one semester. Students will take a placement test upon their arrival to USF to determine the course levels in which they will begin the program.

Students who do not have a TOEFL score or who score below a 55 on the TOEFL test are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis. They may be admitted at the discretion of the University into a prolonged ELAP program with beginner level components.

Students may be obliged to repeat levels or courses should their progress be deemed insufficient for advancement to the next level. (A minimum average of 70% is required in all ELAP courses.). At the end of the ELAP program, students are also required to take a post-test in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.

 

Additional Information