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English Language Program

School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Whether you plan on attending one of Biola’s top undergraduate or graduate programs, or are simply interested in growing your English skills, Biola University’s English Language Program (ELP) can help you advance your academic English comprehension and communication.


Track Overview

The English Language Program offers the following three English-support tracks:

  • Language-Learning (Lang-Learn) Track: This track allows domestic or international students to improve their English-language proficiency to reach their university, career or ministry goals. Students who successfully complete ELP Level 3 and pass the final exit exam will receive a language waiver to Biola’s undergraduate or graduate program. This track is required for provisionally accepted students.
  • Degree Track: This track offers all students (monolingual and bilingual) the opportunity to improve their academic English skills while earning their undergraduate or graduate degree at Biola.

Whatever track you choose, you’ll be able to take advantage of Biola University’s unique opportunities for personal and spiritual development, all while accessing a nationally ranked Christian education in the heart of Southern California.

Why Join Biola’s English Language Program?

The English Language Program at Biola offers you several key advantages, including:

  • Language Learning
    Advance your proficiency in English reading, writing, listening and speaking through expert instruction and specially designed programs.
  • Cultural Immersion
    Experience the best of Southern California and interact with English speakers — all while engaging in a diverse university community that includes over 600 global students from more than 40 different countries.
  • Christian Education
    Deepen your faith through biblical integration, Christian community and opportunities for spiritual development.
  • Supportive and Knowledgeable Instructors
    Interact with experienced and supportive faculty, teaching assistants and tutors who are committed to your academic success and personal growth.