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Chatham University

English Language Program (ELP) [Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania]


  • Conditional admission to a degree program. Students do not need to take the TOEFL or IELTS test if they successfully complete the English language Program.
  • Excellent teaching and services from faculty and staff
  • Beautiful and safe campus at the heart of Pittsburgh
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The key to the Chatham English Language Program is the support students receive. Enthusiastic student testimonials speak to the energy and warmth of staff and participants in the ELP program and the difference it makes in students’ lives. Class size is small (12-14 students) and divided into four language levels: Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced. Faculty members are chosen for their exceptional teaching ability and their passion for supporting student growth. The ELP is a pathway program to the university; students can apply for conditional admission to degree programs, which waive the TOEFL/IELTS score for those who complete the advanced level.

      A helpful resource for students who want to improve their English before and while attending a degree in English.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private University
      Establishment : 2002
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / Middle States
      Enrollment : 40 - 80
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Available
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Dear Prospective Students,
      It is my pleasure to give you a short introduction of Pittsburgh, Chatham University, and the English Language Program at Chatham University. Pittsburgh is an exciting city in Western Pennsylvania. It is a few hours away from Washington DC, New York, and Toronto. Pittsburgh used to be an industrial city, but is now known for being green and also high-tech. You will find big companies, top universities, and beautiful green spaces in the city. In addition, the cost of living in Pittsburgh is lower than many other cities.
      Chatham University is located in the heart of Pittsburgh, but it feels like a park. You will see beautiful houses, many types of trees and plants, and even animals on the campus. Chatham is known for its exceptional teaching and personal attention to students by both faculty and staff. You will not feel lost here!
      Our English Language Program offers you endless learning opportunities both in and out of class. Our teachers are experienced and dedicated to helping you succeed in your studies. Our staff is extremely helpful, understanding, and friendly. In addition, you will discover that all Chatham University students enjoy a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities both on campus and throughout the city.
      I came to the U.S. as an international over a decade ago. I understand the challenges of learning and living in another country. However, despite the challenges, you will have so many opportunities to grow, plenty of experiences to enjoy, and lasting friendships to cherish. I’m looking forward to welcoming many of you!

      Here is a helpful resource for students who want to improve their English before and while attending a degree in English.

      Linh Phung
      Director, English Language Program
      Chatham University
    • Chatham University
      English Language Program (ELP)

      1 Woodland Road
      Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15232  U.S.A.
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending the ELP, students have the opportunity to live in on-campus university dormitories. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students – both American and international. Students must apply for housing through the University’s Residence Life Office as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The ELP will provide students with information about available private off-campus apartments. However, it is the students’ responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Chatham’s Shadyside Campus looks and feels like a park with beautiful trees, charming mansions, and roaming animals on the campus. It is close to downtown Pittsburgh and exciting neighborhoods like Shadyside, Squirrel Hill, and Oakland. There are many shops, restaurants, beautiful parks, museums and theaters, and big companies, such as Google, nearby. Chatham students frequently mention the campus and its location as one of the main reasons why they choose to study here.
    • About the College/University
    • Chatham offers a world-class education on a diverse campus in a dynamic city. There are about 2,200 students and over 170 international students from over 25 countries. Chatham has been ranked a Best College in the U.S. News and World Report Regional University – North Category. Areas of academic excellence include Health and Lab Sciences, Sustainability and Environmental Studies, Business, and Arts and Humanities. There are 40 undergraduate majors and 29 graduate programs for students to choose from. Apart from course work, students have endless opportunities to make friends, volunteer, and engage in the campus and local communities.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • Upon arriving at Chatham, students take a placement test and are placed in one of four levels of instruction: Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate, and Advanced. Each level will have a listening and speaking course, a writing course, a reading course, and a grammar course. Courses on U.S. culture and other academic topics are also offered at the High Intermediate and Advanced levels. Students will have 18-20 hours of classroom hours. Their classes will be from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 12,14 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Graduate
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
      HOUSING: On-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      14 WEEKS:
      8/23 - 12/10

      15 WEEKS:
      1/5 - 4/224/25 - 8/5

    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      12-14 WEEKS US$ 5,150
      12-14 WEEKS N/A US$ 2635-3195 Per Session N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      Free (Send Arrival Information to School)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
  • Location
    • United States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    • Location
      Chatham University
      English Language Program (ELP)

      1 Woodland Road Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  15232  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Greater Pittsburgh International Airport:
      The ELP provides free airport pick-up service that brings students directly to Chatham. It takes approximately 30 minutes. Taxis that cost approximately US$40 and arrive on campus in 30 minutes are also available. Additionally, the campus is accessible by public buses that run on a limited schedule.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 5.0
      School Environment: 5.0
      Helpfulness of Staff: 5.0
      Activities and Social Life: 5.0
      Accommodation: 5.0


    • There are 3 reviews for this school

    • Ngoc Pham
      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Male ]
      One of the Best Choices for your Education
      In the past, I never thought that I could go to the US for an overseas education, but Chatham University gave me a great chance through the English Language Program International Student Ambassador Scholarship. During the 10 weeks at Chatham University, I learned a lot of things. Through the English Language Program at Chatham, you will not only improve your English language skill, but also explore US culture and form new relationships with other international students. I have changed a lot, from a person who is always shy to speak English to a confident communicator, from a family-dependent to independent person, and from a passive to now a more lively person. All of these changes occurred during my three months in the U.S. To me, Chatham is not only the university to study, but also the place to discover myself and the environment to grow.

      At Chatham University, you will be able to receive full support from enthusiastic teachers, experience well-designed learning programs, and interact with amazing friends, and study in a place where you always feel comfortable like a second family.

      Chatham University is one of the best choices for your education, you will never feel regret when making that choice!
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      Gabby Gomez Rendon
      [ Mexico City, Mexico, Female ]
      Friends for Life
      I love my job, my boss, my colleagues and the projects we make. Second, the friends I have made at the MBA and at the Center, they are friends for life. Second, I love Prof. Pearson. I decide to start the MBA here after my interview with him. He is a great man and an amazing mentor. I like my advisors very much: Prof. Glyde is very cool. And I love the Summer Camp that Chatham has for kids, for older students like me who have kids, the summer camp is a life saver. Last year, I enrolled my son in the camp, and I was able to work and study, and my son was able to have lots of fun during summer while he learned many things. I will register my son this year again and I am even thinking to bring my nieces from Mexico for it.
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      TuongVy Le
      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      International Student Ambassador Scholarship
      I never once thought I would be able to study abroad or study in the US, but Chatham University offered me an International Student Ambassador Scholarship from from the English Language Program. It was the best experience ever for me. Before attending the program, I was a very shy speaker, but everything changed thanks to the program at Chatham, and my English-speaking skill has improved ever since.
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