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English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP), English Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 105 days
Joliet, IL, United States
The University of St. Francis has as it's main goal 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. This English Language for Academic Purposes (ELAP) programme is offered by the University of St Francis.
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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.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 105 days
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Students will take a placement test upon their arrival to USF to determine the course levels in which they will begin the program. For most intermediate-level students (ELAP Level II), the program will last two semesters.
  •  For upper-intermediate and advanced-level students (ELAP Level III), the ELAP program normally will last one semester. Students who complete the highest level of ELAP will have a B2 level of English language proficiency. At the end of the ELAP program, students are also required to take a post-test in order to receive a Certificate of Completion.
  • Students must earn a “C” grade or higher in each ELAP class in order to move to the next level. Students must receive “C” or higher grades in all 4 of the required ELAP Level III courses in order to be eligible for academic programs at USF.

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

ELAP Admission Requirements
  • Completed ELAP Application
  • TOEFL/IELTS test scores (if available). If no test scores are available, a writing sample may be requested.
  • Photo page of passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16000 USD per year and a duration of 105 days.
  • National

    16000 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 16000 USD per year and a duration of 105 days.
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Living costs for Joliet

  • 1100 - 1500 USD/month
    Living Costs

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