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DePaul University

English Language Academy (ELA) [Chicago, Illinois]


  • DePaul University offers conditional admission to qualified applicants for many of both undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • Study at one of the ten largest private non-profit universities in the U.S., with a primary mission of teaching and service
  • Live, study and play in Chicago, a world-class cosmopolitan city and a major center of culture and business
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Private University
      Establishment : 1996
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA, UCIEP
      Enrollment : 200
      Average Class Size : 10 - 17
      Airport Pickup : Arranged by Student
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi, Subway
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Chicago!
      Thank you for taking time to consider DePaul University’s English Language Academy (ELA) as your English language study home in the United States. As the area’s largest intensive academic English program, ELA hosts students from around the world. Representing 35-40 different countries on average, our students are an integral part of the diverse cultural life of DePaul University. Our campus is located in the very heart of Chicago – the Chicago Loop, as it is known – with easy access to the city’s cultural treasures. The ELA program features small classes and is designed to provide individual attention to students’ academic, social and personal needs. I hope that you will join our ELA family and explore one of America’s greatest cities while you sharpen your English skills. Please feel free to contact me directly for personal attention to your needs.
      Dino Pruccoli, Director
      International Admission
      DePaul University
    • English Language Academy
      DePaul University

      1 East Jackson Blvd.
      Chicago, Illinois  60604-2217  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (312) 362-6455
      FAX: +1 (312) 362-8301
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Surrounding Area
    • About the College/University
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10-17 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 5 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,10 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: F-1 Student Visa Required (I-20 Form Issued Upon Request)
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2021
      10 WEEKS:
      9/7 - 11/18

      8 WEEKS:
      6/21 - 8/16

      10 WEEKS:
      1/4 - 3/173/29 - 6/7

    • Costs
      US$ 80
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,475
      10 WEEKS US$ 3,775
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,061- 3,374 N/A
      10 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,061- 3,374 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
  • Location
    • United States Chicago, Illinois
    • Location
      English Language Academy
      DePaul University

      1 East Jackson Blvd. Chicago, Illinois  60604-2217  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Chicago O’Hare International Airport:
      It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available from the airport that will cost approximately US$50 and arrive on campus in approximately 45 minutes. Subways that run on limited schedules are also available.

      From Chicago Midway Airport:
      It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available from the airport that will cost approximately US$20 and arrive on campus in approximately 20 minutes. Buses and subways that run on limited schedules are also available.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 5.0
      School Environment: 4.0
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 4.2
      Accommodation: 4.0


    • There are 6 reviews for this school

    • Sukyung Lim
      [ Seoul, South Korea, Female ]
      5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Grad School Preparation
      My ELA courses have helped me prepare for studying in graduate school. Great teachers have taught me beneficial academic skills such as giving a presentation, making a speech, and writing a research paper. Moreover, DePaul
      offered a lot of social opportunities for connecting with undergraduate and graduate students.
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      Sandra Chiarlone
      [ Milan, Italy, Female ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Improved my academic skills
      I am very satisfied with the ELA. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a drastic improvement in English academic skills. It’s really the one that ‘makes the difference’. ELA is the outstanding combination of professionalism and competence.”
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      Shota Sato
      [ Tokyo, Japan, Male ]
      Strong Academics
      The ELA has a rigorous curriculum, as well as a multitude of extracurricular activities to enjoy and learn about the city of Chicago... to study at ELA means to discover new knowledge of other cultures and make international friends.
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      Ahmad Alissa
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      ELA is like my family!
      I have been in Chicago 11 months ago and I feel that ELA is my family here. Everybody here is close to each other. When you talk to your teacher, you feel that you are talking with your big brother or your big sister. You call your teachers by their names, you laugh with them, and they are more than happy to help with anything. If you want to improve your English really fast, and you want to learn academic English skills that will help you in college or university, the best choice in my opinion is the ELA!
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      Xin Guo
      [ Taiyuan/Shanxi, China, Age 24, Male ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      Strict Rules Helpful Teachers
      DePaul University English Languish Academy is an excellent program to study English. Rules in here is strict, for example, as an ELA student, you must maintain excellent attendance. If you attendance drops below 85% in any one class, you will be administratively dropped from the Academy, from the entire program.
      The teachers are very helpful. They care about our feedbacks and opinions. If you have any questions, they will help you definitely. Sometimes they use their spare time help me revise my essays.
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      Tamaki Ohno
      [ Tokyo, Japan, Age 24, Female ]
      9 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
      The Best ESL School in Chicago
      I have been to a couple of ESL schools in Chicago, and I believe that the English Language Academy (ELA) at DePaul University is the best ESL school. The school is located in the loop, by the red line stop, so I didn’t need to walk outside when it rains or snows. I felt the building was safe. The instructors are knowledgeable and respectful. I was very happy that the course was divided into four subjects; grammar, speaking, writing, and reading. In this way, each instructor was focused on the subject they teach and this satisfied my inquisitive nature. Each class gave me a considerable amount of homework. I have to admit that it was little bit overwhelming at first. The school offers many group activities, but I did not attend that often because I had to study a lot. After staying at my school for one year, my TOEFL score met my goal. So, all my hard work was worth it! I felt the instructors and faculty were caring and willing to help me when I reach out to them. I highly recommend this school.
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