English Language Center

Established in 1985, Towson University’s English Language Center (Towson ELC) is the oldest intensive English language program in the Baltimore/Towson area. We offer English for academic purposes, putting you on a direct pathway to success.


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English Language Center Pathway

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION for UNDER GRADUATES is available to all students who meet the university admission requirements.

International Undergraduate Students

You will have a direct pathway from Towson ELC to Towson University if you get a B or better in all ELC advanced level 4 courses.  No TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE needed!

PROVISIONAL ADMISSION for GRADUATE STUDENTS is avaliable for all students who qualify academically for the graduate program of their choice but do not meet the English Language Requirements. 

International Graduate Students

Level 5 and 6 Towson ELC classes are specifically designed to prepare students who want to enter graduate school.  You will not need to take the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE, but you must first be placed into and pass both level 5 and 6 with a B or better. 

Student Videos

What our students say about Towson ELC.

I have learned so much being at the Towson ELC with excellent and rigorous teachers, and that has greatly determined the result of my application for graduate school. ”

Yemboado, Burkina Faso.

Through your efforts, I have improved dramatically, achieved a success, and passed the reading course. Even if I have to leave Towson ELC, my best wishes will be here forever. Towson ELC provides a superb opportunity and let me have a confidence for my English. ”

Michael, China.

Even though I stayed only one year, it was best time of my life ever.  I experienced many cultures and met lovely friends and teachers (we still keep in touch). Although it’s been a long time to leave the Towson ELC, I still have good memories and want to visit there in near future with our family, specially my SON. ”

Seungbum, South Korea


The Towson ELC is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)