Study in the USA While Improving Your English

When preparing to study in the United States, there is a lot to consider. One of the most vital things to think about is your English language ability, which is frequently a requirement when applying to a university.

It is a common misconception that you require perfect English to study in the USA, but this is not the case. There are courses in the United States that can help you improve your English in preparation for an undergraduate or graduate degree. One such example is the English Language Program (ELP) offered by Purdue University Northwest.

If you would like to improve your English, contact Purdue Northwest via the form below.

English Language Program (ELP)- Full-Time, Intensive English Program

Purdue University Northwest’s English Language Program (ELP) provides intensive academic English as a Second Language instruction and cultural orientation for English language learners. Purdue Northwest’s highly experienced and dedicated teachers, developed curriculum, modern computer labs and enthusiastic mentors can help you to excel in your English language ability and facilitate your transition into American culture and the American education system.

New students are given placement tests upon arrival and are placed into one of four levels, depending on English proficiency:

  • Level 1- Foundations   
  • Level 3- High Intermediate 
  • Level 2- Low Intermediate    
  • Level 4- Advanced 

Each semester, full-time ELP students take three core courses consisting of reading, writing, speaking and listening, as well as an elective, chosen by the student, which can aid study or personal interests. All courses are designed to prepare students for the rigorous university-level academic classes that they will encounter after leaving the ELP. 

By learning and socializing in an intensive academic English environment for a minimum of 21 hours per week, students quickly acquire the language skills required for university and everyday life. Completion of Level 4 at the English Language Program (ELP) serves as proof of English language proficiency for Purdue University Northwest (PNW), so students can move directly onto undergraduate majors without IELTS or TOEFL scores. Additionally, no TOEFL or IELTS scores are required for ELP admission.

ELP students can also enjoy a wide variety of fun activities to help them understand and experience American life and culture. Weekly activities include visits to museums, professional sporting events, concerts and much more! Day trips to Chicago, shopping centers, and local attractions give students many opportunities to practice English and socialize with Americans.

Pathway Program

Do You have a minimum score of 61 on TOEFL or 5.5 on the IELTS?

If so, apply for the Pathway to Undergraduate/Graduate Study and take one semester of ELP classes in combination with academic classes.

If you prefer to take classes that will count toward your undergraduate or graduate degree while improving your English, Purdue University Northwest also offers this option: the Pathway Program.

If you don't meet the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores for direct admission, the Pathway Program is for you. The Pathway Program is designed for students with advanced English proficiency who wish to take ELP classes in combination with a major.

Depending on your TOEFL/IELTS scores, you can enroll in either 12 hours of ELP classes and 3 credits of academic classes, or 9 hours of ELP classes and 6 credits of academic classes. You can choose the entry-level credit classes that you’re interested in and only take the ELP classes that are most useful to you.

Purdue Northwest has many options for students

Language and Cultural Program

Purdue University Northwest’s Language and Cultural Program (LCP) is designed for visiting participants who wish to improve their English language skills through a combination of classroom instruction and organized excursions and cultural activities in Northwest Indiana and the Chicagoland area. 

LCP is a short-term study option for those who want to improve their English in a more easygoing summer environment. Students can return home more confident in listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English.

The program offers two 4-week sessions over the summer for both low-intermediate learners and high-intermediate/advanced learners. Participants may apply for either one or both summer sessions. This is a non-intensive program that can be completed with only a visitor visa. An F-1 visa is not required.

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Purdue University Northwest

Purdue University Northwest is a university based in Indiana, United States. It is part of the widely-recognized Purdue University system. Purdue Northwest has two campuses located in Hammond and Westville, Indiana, with close proximity to Chicago, Illinois. 

Welcome to Purdue Northwest!

Purdue Northwest offers in-class tutors and mentors, apartment-style dorms with kitchens and private bedrooms and bathrooms, immigration advisors, and weekly trips and activities.
Purdue University Northwest Quick Facts:

  • Chicago, Illinois can be reached easily via bus, train or car
  • 70+ undergraduate areas of study
  • Student-to-faculty ratio 15:1
  • 47 countries represented by student population
  • 10,000+ students
  • 65,000+ alumni

If you choose to live on campus, you can enjoy fully furnished apartment-style living, private bedrooms, a full kitchen with dishwasher, free WiFi and quiet study areas.

PNW also offers counseling services, academic advising, transportation options, friendly and helpful residence life staff, quick access to immigration specialists, and a variety of cultural activities and events. 

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