The East Carolina University Language Academy (ECULA) advances the University's internationalization and diversity goals through the provision of high-quality intensive English training to non-native speakers, enabling them to achieve the linguistic proficiency and cultural competency required for successful academic endeavor at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels. Teaching, administration, and continuous evaluation of ECULA courses assure the program's compliance with established national and international standards.
Classes meet five days a week from Monday to Friday in two-hour blocks and cover the following areas:
- ESL 0096 Oral Comprehension (7 hours per week, includes lectures and films)
- ESL 0097 Oral Communication (7 hours per week, includes lab)
- ESL 0098 Reading and Vocabulary (4 hours per week)
- ESL 0099 Grammar and Writing (6 hours per week)
In order to provide the best learning environment for all students, ECULA classes begin and end on time, and there will be no departure from the established schedule, except due to classroom scheduling. All examinations will be held during the last regular meeting of the class.
The ESL program has three entry points per year and follows the academic calendar of East Carolina University. Fall and spring semester programs are sixteen weeks long. The ten-week summer semester is ten weeks long and has a different teaching schedule
Please note, for those students wishing on campus housing, application must be made approximately three months before the beginning of the semester you are applying for. Students are recommended to apply as early as possible, because obtaining a US visa may take longer than anticipated.
Applicants can apply for conditional admission to ECU contingent upon successful completion of the Language Academy. Simultaneous application to both the ECULA and ECU is encouraged.
.Other features of ECULA include:
- Friendly, patient and experienced instructors who all have master's degrees, or higher, plus years of teaching experience, both in the U.S. and overseas
- A weekly pronunciation laboratory guided by professional speech pathologists from ECU's Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Classes on the beautiful main campus of East Carolina University
- Opportunities to practice English every day
- Accreditation from CEA, the Commission on English Language Accreditation, the leading accrediting organization for intensive English programs in the U.S.
- First Friends program, partnering you with another international student for fun social activities
- More than 20 hours per week of total classroom exposure to English
- A weekly movie series
- Field trips to fun, interesting places, such as parks, beaches, museums and art galleries
- Access to all university facilities, including a state of the art recreation center