Your path to academic success starts right here! The ECU Language Academy is an intensive program of academic English. It is for students who plan to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program.
At the ECU Language Academy, you will get more than 20 hours per week of professional instruction and personal attention. All our instructors have master's or PhD degrees and years of overseas experience.
Once you complete the ECULA program, you can apply directly to an undergraduate or graduate program at ECU--no TOEFL test needed!
Classes are held on the beautiful main campus of East Carolina University, just 90 minutes from fantastic beaches and an international airport.
ECU is an academic leader in the southeast U.S., with more than 100 undergraduate and 75 master's and doctoral programs, including schools of business, medicine, nursing, and dentistry.
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ECULA offers a very focused, skills-based program, with separate classes devoted to the main English language skills: grammar and writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Classes meet for two hours, on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule. Total contact hours for core classes is 20 hours per week.
In addition to the core courses are additional courses, both required and optional.
Required courses include a weekly film series and our pronunciation laboratory, guided by professional speech pathologists from ECU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders. Optional courses include a First Friends program, partnering you with another international student for fun social activities, and free tutoring when available.
The program is structured on five levels, from beginner to advanced. Students enter the program at whatever level is appropriate for their English skill. They spend one semester in each level and, on successful completion of an end-of-term exam, move up to the next level or graduate the program.
Housing and meals
Campus meal plans available