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ENGLISH LANGUAGE COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER IN COLORADO

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STUDY ENGLISH AT THE ELC OF UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Learn English in one of the best programs at the ELC of the University of Denver, which receives students from all over the world every year.

English Programs in the city of Denver, Colorado

SOME OF THE BEST ENGLISH PROGRAMS IN THE CITY OF DENVER

The Intensive English programs at the University of Denver provide students with the communication and cultural knowledge needed to excel in academic, social and professional situations abroad.

Students from the English Language Program of The University of Denver receiving the diploma

LEARN ENGLISH IN A BEAUTIFUL CITY LIKE DENVER, COLORADO

Students of these English courses in Denver will be able to enjoy all the wonders that this city offers. It was also voted by US News and World Report as the best city to live in the USA in 2016.

TOP 10 REASONS TO STUDY ENGLISH AT THE ELC OF THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

This is one of the most popular destination for international students
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A DIVERSE SELECTION OF ENGLISH PROGRAMS AT DU

The English Language Center of DU offers different English as a second language programs for foreigners with different levels of instruction, to fit every student.

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LEARN ENGLISH IN A HIGHLY PRESTIGIOUS INSTITUTION

This English institute at the University of Denver has a great prestige, with more than 40 years offering English Courses in Denver.

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BECOME PART OF THE INCREDIBLE DU COMMUNITY

This English Center in Denver connects students with the great and diverse community of the University of Denver.

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IMPROVE ALL OF YOUR ENGLISH SKILLS AT THE ELC

Students improve English in all language skills: grammar, writing, reading, speaking, and listening.

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SMALL CLASSES AT THE ELC

Small class sizes at the ELC allow for a better and more personalized learning experience.

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CLASSES ARE TAUGHT INSIDE THE DU CAMPUS

The classes from the English Language Center at DU are offered inside the campus, so you can feel how it’s like to learn in an American college campus.

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HIGH QUALITY INSTRUCTION AT THE ELC

The faculty at the ELC are experienced professionals with years of experience and the school’s curriculum and methodology’s success is more than proven.

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YOU CAN HAVE LOTS OF FUN WHILE LEARNING ENGLISH

There are several activities offered to students to do at the University and in the city of Denver, so you can continue practicing and improving your English.

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ACCESS TO ON-CAMPUS FACILITIES AT DU

Take advantage of studying and learning English at a university like DU and make use of all the resources and facilities that this excellent institution offers.

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IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH IN A BEAUTIFUL CITY SUCH AS DENVER

Denver is a great city, with lots of tourist attractions and fun activities to do, so you can live an awesome experience while improving your communication skills enrolled on some of the best programs in the USA.

ENGLISH PROGRAMS AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER

INTENSIVE ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAM

The Intensive English Language Program is offered by the English Language Center (ELC) of the University of Denver (DU), and it’s a prestigious full-time program with 4 different proficiency levels. Each session has 10 weeks and starts in January, March, June, and September. Apart from improving their reading, listening, writing, and speaking skills, students can also choose a special concentration: Business and Entrepreneurship, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics), or U.S. Culture. Classes are scheduled from Monday through Thursday and last 20-24 hours in total.

Main Features

  • Full-Time Program
  • Classes can be taken on campus or online
  • 20-24 hours per week.
  • A typical class schedule is from Monday to Thursday from 9AM to 3PM
  • 4 levels from Foundations to University Transitions
  • Students can choose from 3 different concentrations
  • Conversation program available
  • You can take several sessions until you achieve your English language goals
  • Sessions of 10 weeks. Each session is one level.
  • Small class sizes
  • Access to libraries, sport facilities, health centers, etc.
  • Extra-curricular activities
  • Final transcript available upon request
  • Applies for F-1 student visa

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 18 years of age. 17-year-old applicants may enroll if they have a parent or guardian in the US.
  • International students are welcome to apply
Students from the English language class of DU

More information about the Intensive English Program at DU

All our intensive English programs are hybrid! Students can now choose if they want to study online from their home country or in-person on the University of Denver campus.

Curriculum and time to complete program

The program’s curriculum consists of two different classes: Academic Skills and Communication Skills. On top of this, students can choose from three concentrations: Business and Entrepreneurship, STEM, and U.S. Culture.

The Academic Skills class will focus on all four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), with an academic focus.

The Communication Skills class will focus on practical language usage in real-life activities that help introduce students to American culture.

On the other hand, your progression into the next level is determined by your proficiency level. In order to prove you’re ready to progress, you must:

  • Show academic progress by achieving the different level outcomes
  • Achieve at least a 70% in course work or higher
  • Achieve the minimum score needed to progress in the final assessment
  • If you don’t meet these requirements, you must repeat the level.

Curriculum overview:

  • Foundations: Academic and Communication Skills classes + Intro to Campus Culture or Skills Class
  • Intermediate: Academic and Communication Skills classes + Intro to Campus Culture or Focus Class
  • Advanced: Academic and Communication Skills classes + Intro to Campus Culture or Focus Class
  • University Transitions: Academic and Communication Skills classes + Intro to Campus Culture and Seminar
Development Stage

ENGLISH FOR MINING PROFESSIONALS PROGRAM

Do you work or do you have interested in mining?

The English Language Center has been working in developing an English program for mining professionals

The program is still in the development stage, and there are no dates or costs available at this time, but we would love to hear your opinion about this program. Please contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or if you want to get notified of news about this program.

The program should look something like this:

The English for Mining Professionals Program is a great course for professionals from mining related industries. On top of improving your skills with a curriculum specially designed for professionals of your area, you’ll be able to network with others, attend mining lectures, participate in trips to other cities, and improve your CV. This program lasts 4 weeks and includes 15 hours of direct classroom instruction, so you can apply with a tourist visa or an ESTA.

Main Features

  • Part-Time Program
  • Classes are on campus
  • 15 hours per week (Monday-Friday)
  • Available from intermediate to advanced levels.
  • 4-week sessions. Offered once a year
  • Small class sizes
  • Mining lectures
  • Visits and Program Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Reception
  • Bus/Train Pass
  • Certificate of completion
  • Applies for tourist visa or ESTA

Requirements

  • Students need to be at least 22 years old the first day of classes. No maximum age.
  • They must also be interested in Mining or have previous knowledge
  • International students and residents are welcome to apply
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PRICES & DATES

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PRICES AND DATES ENGLISH PROGRAMS 2021 - 2022

How much does it cost to study English in University of Denver?

Table with costs and dates of the Intensive English Program at the University of Denver 2021 - 2022

PROGRAM HAS BEEN PAUSED! Starting in June 2021. All English classes at the University of Denver has been paused. Please check other options for studying English in the USA here.
SessionDatesDurationProgram Fee
Spring 2021March 25 - June 3, 202110 weeks$4,121
You can study one, two, or more consecutive sessions, and you can start the English program at any season of the year.

For example if you want to study for approximately 7 months, you can take the Fall, Winter, and Spring sessions. You will not repeat the same course, because each session will be in a different level.

Other costs to consider

Apart from the tuition fee, you should consider some of the following additional costs:

  • Application fee: a USD$100 non-refundable fee paid upon your application, which covers the delivery to your home country of the Form I-20 via certified post mail, which is needed to apply for the student visa.
  • DU Health Services: a US$200 fee.
  • DU Technology Fee: US$48 to cover the use of technological resources at DU.
  • ELC Program fee: US$30
  • Visa costs: international students who enroll on a full-time program in the USA need the F-1 student visa. Costs related to the F-1 visa include the SEVIS I-901 Fee (US$350 aprox.) to register on the Student Exchange Visitor Information System and a Visa fee (US$160 aprox.). These are costs set by the U.S. government.
  • Accommodation in Denver: since you will be living and studying abroad, you should consider certain housing costs. Down below you can read some of the options DU recommends for foreign students.
  • Health insurance: as a student with an F-1 visa you need health insurance, which costs around US$650 per 10-week session.
  • Materials and course fees: you must pay for books and other materials, which cost around US$250 per session.
  • Flight Tickets from your country to Denver, USA
  • Food: you should consider food costs when planning your budget, which will depend on where you eat.
Dates and costs are subject to change. All prices are in US dollars. Contact us for more details.

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HOW TO APPLY FOR AN INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

All the application process is online. Follow the instructions below

Steps to apply for a program

  • 1. Application Process
  • 2. Acceptance Process
  • 3. Visa Processing
  • 4. Payment
  • 5. Classes start!

1. Application Process

Documents must be sent to

Documents needed to apply


1. Application Form

Download and complete the application form. Do not forget to sign the form.

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2. Passport Copy

Clear Copy of the identification page of your passport. The passport must be valid for 6 months after the first day of classes.


3. Financial Verification

Bank letter or bank statement that shows that you or your sponsor have at least the "Estimated Total Expense" of the program. This amount can be in US dollars or your local currency.

The estimated total expense is an estimate made by the university that includes tuition fees, and an estimate of what you might spend in medical insurance, housing, meals, books and supplies. Flight tickets are not included in this estimation.

The bank document must show at least the following amount per program:

  • $11,750 for 1 quarter (10 weeks) of study
  • $35,250 for 1 year (3 quarters) of study

4. Application Fee

Non-refundable application fee of $100 dollars paid to the English Language Center. After receiving confirmation from one of our representatives, you must pay the application fee online, following the instructions mentioned by the representative.


Send your application documents

A representative need to review all your documents are correct.

Your application documents must be sent to

*If you are a US resident or a transfer student from another US school. Please contact us for more details. The application process is different

2. Acceptance Process

After we have received all your application documents and you have paid the application fee, you will be contacted by the admission office within 2 weeks.

If you are applying for a full-time program, you will need an F-1 student visa. After you have been accepted in the program, the admission office will send you the acceptance documents plus the form I-20, needed to apply for the F-1 student visa.

3. Visa Processing

Please check with us what type of visa you need, depending on the program you are interested in at DU.
  • If the program you are applying for is a full-time program (18hrs/week or more), you will need the F-1 student visa. With an F-1 visa you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • If your program is less than 18 hours a week, you will have to travel to the U.S. as a tourist with a B1/B2 tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. As a tourist, you can only stay in the U.S. the time period your tourist visa allows, since your main purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

Please check the website of the U.S. embassy of your country to see the steps you need to apply for a visa.

Generally, for a F-1 student visa, students must do the following:

  • Complete the DS-160 form
  • Schedule an appointment at the U.S. embassy
  • Pay for the F-1 student visa (approx. US$160)
  • Pay for the I-901 SEVIS Fee (approx. US$350): https://www.fmjfee.com/i901fee/index.html
  • Go to the embassy on the scheduled day

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: http://www.usembassy.gov/

4. Payment

Next, you need to make full payment of all remaining fees, which is due at registration and can be done by domestic wire transfer, cash, check and money orders, and debit/credit cards payment through DUPay. You will receive more information regarding dates once you begin the application process.

5. Arrival to School

On your admission letter you can find more information. We ensure students are placed correctly in one of four levels. Students accepted to an intensive, 10 week program will receive a code to take the online Duolingo English Test for free! This will help the ELC determine your level and English proficiency. As a substitute to Duolingo, students may also choose to take the TOEFL or IELTS exam at their own cost. TOEFL and IELTS scores are only accepted if taken within  90 days from the start of the term. Students can upload scores to their ELC application. On the first day at school you should bring your passport, F-1 student visa, I-20 and a bank statement.

Important: we suggest you to apply at least 2 months in advance.

ACTIVITIES FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

You will be able to participate in several activities during the program

SOCIAL, CULTURAL AND SPORTS ACTIVITIES IN DENVER AND ACTIVITIES AT THE UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

Most of the activities are free!

ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO KEEP IMPROVING YOUR ENGLISH OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM IS BY PARTICIPATING IN SOCIAL, CULTURAL, SPORT AND OTHER ACTIVITIES OFFERED BY UNIVERSITY OF DENVER.

International students can participate in activities as:

  • On campus events and activities
  • Joining student organizations
  • Participating in the Conversation Partner Program
  • Off-campus trips and visits
  • Using the gymnasium and the pool

As an English language student at the University of Denver, you can participate in a whole range of fun activities inside and outside the campus. Some examples are: participating in events and activities inside the campus; joining different student organizations to meet people with similar interests and make new friends; joining the Conversation Partner Program, which pairs you with a native English speaker; joining the different field trips the ELC offers to its students; and using the incredible sports facilities you can find in DU.

Information about the city of Denver, Colorado

With more than 300 days of sunshine, Denver is an outdoor city known for its world-class cultural attractions, thriving craft breweries, chef-driven dining and red-hot music scene, all within easy reach of the Rocky Mountains. Denver has a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods and natural beauty combine for the world's most spectacular playground.

Moreover, Denver is a great city to learn English. You can do so many activities that will help you practice the English language outside of the classroom, that you’ll see great results in no time.

On the other hand, the city of Denver is one of the most beautiful cities in the USA, as it is located on the shores of the Rocky Mountains, which are famous for outdoor activities such as hiking and camping and is ideal for skiing and doing Snowboarding in the right season.

The University of Denver is located near the downtown of Denver, Colorado

Information about University of Denver

University of Denver is a private university located near the Rocky Mountains, and its proud of empowering students who want to make a difference. University of Denver is based in south Denver and offers over 300 academic programs and has about 12,000 graduate and undergraduate students. Their classroom academics, hands-on educational experiences and global learning adventures put students on the path toward lives and careers that will shape the world.

The University of Denver (DU) was founded in 1864, it is the oldest independent private university in the Rocky Mountain Region of the United States. The main campus is located primarily in the University Neighborhood, about five miles south of downtown Denver.

The heart of the campus has a number of historic buildings. The longest-standing building is University Hall, built in the Richardsonian Romanesque style which has served DU since 1890. The cornerstone to this building is exactly one mile above sea level. Just a few blocks off campus sits the historic Chamberlin Observatory, opened in 1894. Still a fully operational observatory, it is open to the public twice a week as well as one Saturday a month.

Campus of the University of Denver

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HOUSING IN DENVER

Most common housing options for international students in Denver

STUDENTS FROM THE INTENSIVE ENGLISH PROGRAM AT DU HAVE 3 MAIN HOUSING OPTIONS IN DENVER, COLORADO:

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  • Dormitories on Campus
  • Apartments
  • Homestay

Dormitories On Campus

Students in the intensive English program have the option of live on campus. However, availability is very limited so students must apply several months in advance.

Apartments

The majority of ELC students opt for off-campus accommodation. Denver is a beautiful city in which to live and study. Once the student is enrolled in the program, they will be able to access the online platform for accommodation outside the campus, where they can search for accommodation options in apartments off campus. In order to access this portal the student must have a DU student ID.

Homestay (Living with a family)

Homestays are a type of housing in which students live with a local family in the same house, share common areas, and follow household rules, just like any family member. This can be a good option for younger students that aren't allowed to live alone yet.

Some of the options are:

FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE, DEPENDS EXCLUSIVELY ON THE STUDENT.

There are many options available near the campus of the University. If the housing option is off campus, students must contact directly the housing provider.

FAQS

Do you have any question about studying English at DU?

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT STUDYING ENGLISH IN UNIVERSITY OF DENVER

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What is the English Language Center (ELC) of University of Denver?

The English Language Center of DU is the English school of the University of Denver. The fact that this English institute belongs to the University guarantees the quality of the program, the quality of the teachers, methodologies, and activities to be carried out outside the classroom organized by the same program. In addition, there is a Conversation Program offered to English students to continue practicing the English language outside of classes.

Why should I choose to study English at the English Language Center of the University of Denver?

Both the English Language Center and the University of Denver are fantastic institutions, with years of experience in teaching English as a second language for foreign speakers. You will take advantage of the school’s incredible curriculum, its incredible facilities and the great on-campus and off-campus activities. Moreover, Denver is an incredible city where you can explore different tourist attractions, make new friends, and continue improving your English by interacting with native speakers.

I am not a student in my country. Can I take this language program with a student visa F-1?

Yes, these English programs are open for people who are not currently studying. You must be at least 18 years old (17 years old are accepted but must have a parent/guardian in the USA)

Which are the different steps of the application process for the F-1 student visa to study English at DU?

Please check with us what type of visa you need to take the program you are interested in.

  • All full-time programs in the U.S. require a F-1 student Visa. With an F-1 visa you can extend your stay in the United States as long as you continue studying.
  • Part-time programs (less than 18 hours a week) can be taken with a tourist visa or visa waiver ESTA. With a tourist visa, you can only stay in the U.S. the duration your tourist visa allows, since your main purpose in the U.S. should be tourism.

If you need an F-1 student visa, please apply as soon as you receive your acceptance documents (I-20 form) from the English Language Center at the University of Denver. In some countries it can take several weeks to obtain a visa interview at the U.S. embassy.

You must confirm these steps on the website of the U.S. embassy in your country. You can look for your nearest U.S. embassy here: http://www.usembassy.gov/

Does the ELC at the University of Denver offer scholarships?

No institutional scholarships or financial aid is available for the English programs.

What kind of reviews and comments does the University of Denver - ELC have?

ELC of the University of Denver is the longest running and best intensive English language program in Denver. For over 40 years, the ELC has offered international students a unique, supportive, and immersive educational experience. Thus, the English programs at the University of Denver have excellent reviews and comments from their former students.

Will classes be taught at the DU campus?

Yes, all classes are taught inside the DU campus.

Do students receive a transcript from DU?

Yes, the school provides a final transcript to students.

How does the ELC assess my current English proficiency?

You take an online English test prior to your arrival.

How many English proficiency levels can be found at the ELC?

There are 4 different levels, from Foundations to University Transitions.

Can I use the on-campus facilities of DU?

Yes. While studying English at the English Language Center of the University of Denver, you’ll be a regular student, so you’ll have access to the Gymnasium, the pool, the libraries and the on-campus healthcare and counseling facilities.

How old do I have to be to enroll on the English programs at DU?

You must be 18 years old. 17-year-old applicants may enroll if they have a guardian or parent in the US.

Do I need to take the TOEFL or IELTS exams to apply for the English programs at the University of Denver?

No, you’ll take an online placement test, but you can use the results of these tests to prove your proficiency level beforehand.

Can I use a tourist visa or ESTA to enroll on these programs at DU?

It’s only possible to enroll on the English for Mining Professionals Program with an ESTA or a tourist visa. For the Intensive Program you’ll need an F-1 Student Visa.

Do I need health insurance to enroll on the Intensive English program in Denver?

The University of Denver and the State of Colorado require all students to have health insurance. You can show proof of insurance from your home country or purchase insurance online during registration. Medical insurance coverage must begin the day a student enters the U.S

Do I need to buy books or materials to study at the ELC?

Yes, you should consider at least US$250 for books and materials.

Do I need to pay an application fee to enroll at the University of Denver?

Yes, there’s a US$100 application fee, as well as a US$30 ELC Program Fee.

When do I have to pay for the English Program? What are the payment methods?

Initially you should only make the application fee payment. Then, the payment of the program must be paid in full before the first day of the session. Students will receive instructions on how to register and pay the tuition. Payment methods include domestic wire transfer, cash, check and money orders, and debit/credit cards payment through DUPay.

Can I work in Denver during my studies?

With a student visa, you can work up to 20hrs/week only on DU campus, however, the jobs on campus are offered to undergraduate students only, so it is not possible for you to work during your studies.

Do I need immunization to study English at the University of Denver?

Yes, you must show proof of immunization agaisnt measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) and Meningococcal Meningitis, according to state and DU policies.

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