Intensive Academic English

Since 1985, the Towson ELC has offered state-of-the art academic language instruction to over 3,000 students representing more than 80 countries. You will be placed in one of six levels of proficiency to help you build on and strengthen your academic English skills. 

academic and intensive english

 Our goal is to prepare you for academic study and success at Towson University or any other American university of your choice.  

Program Features:

  • Integrated Core Skills Classes: Reading, Writing, Grammar and Listening, Speaking, Grammar.
  • English Applications Classes: American University Experience, Study Skills, Presentation Skills, Vocabulary, Pronunciation/Phonics/Spelling, and New Media. 
  • Small Class Size averaging 12- 15 students, giving opportunities to speak, work in small groups, and apply skills in real-life language learning situations.
  • Conversation Partner Program: offers practice with native English speakers.
  • Towson ELC Collaborate: creates opportunities to develop intercultural communication skills. 
  • Highly Qualified Experienced Teachers  make learning English exciting, challenging, and fun!

Full-time undergraduate F-1 Visa students take Integrated Core Courses and one English Application Course per semester for a minimum of 18 hours of instruction per week.

Graduate level students take Integrated Core Classes plus an Independent Research Project.

Part-time study is available for students who do not require an F-1 Visa. They may enroll in one or more courses for a minimum of 3 hours per week.  

All classes meet Monday through Friday.  

Intensive English Program

Pre-Beginner through Level 2

Academic English Pathway Program

  • Level 3 and
  • Level 4 - Pre Undergraduate Pathway

Apply to Towson University Undergraduate School.

You do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS but must complete the advanced level of Towson ELC with a grade of B in each of your Level 4 courses.

  • Level 5 and 6 - Pre Graduate Pathway
  • These classes prepare you for graduate level course work. No TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE required. 
  • Complete the advanced levels of Towson ELC with a grade of B (80%) or higher in each of your level 5 and 6 classes.

Requirements for Admission

  • Apply for provisional admission to Towson University Graduate School.
  • Take a placement test or provide official TOEFL or IELTS scores to place into Level 5 or level 6.  
  • To place directly into level 5, you will need scores ranging between TOEFL PBT 500 - 525, iBT 60-70 or IELTS 5.5 - 6.0.
  • To place directly into level 6, you will need scores ranging between TOEFL PBT 525-550, 70-80, or IELTS 6.0-6.5.  




If you are planning to study at an American university after completing the Towson ELC program, you may apply to Towson University or to one of the many colleges and universities located in the area. 



Fall: July 15

Spring: December 15

Summer: April 15

F 1 Students are required to take two semesters before they can take a semester off. 

F1 Students arriving in the fall: 

Required Semester: Fall and Spring

Semester Break Option: Summer

F1 Students arriving in the Spring: 

Required Semester: Spring and Summer

Semester Break Option: Fall

F1 Students arriving in the Summer: 

Required Semester: Summer and Fall

Semester Break Option: Spring

I finished  Towson ELC 3 years ago, and now I'm a junior  majoring in accounting at Towson University. I  learned a lot of things from Towson ELC that were really helpful to me.   There are professional and great teachers who have much passion to teach foreign students.  We learned so much from American culture to Academic English and many cool activities like trips, international festival, and celebrating holidays.   Also, I felt like a family from Towson ELC teachers and my many foreign friends. It was a really great never to be forgotten experience of my life. I'm so thankful.    ”

Hyunjee Kim, South Korea