English Language Program

School of Humanities and Social Sciences


Biola’s English Language Program focuses on preparing students for success in their academic goals. The program offers English support to all of the following students:

  • Students who would like to increase their English language proficiency to enter university
  • International students who would like to experience American culture and study academic English for a short time
  • Current Biola students

Whether you plan on attending one of Biola’s top undergraduate or graduate programs or are simply interested in growing your English language skills, Biola’s ELP can prepare you for those goals. Biola’s ELP offers a robust, immersive language-learning experience for international students hoping to pursue academic degrees at the undergraduate or graduate level, as well as for Biola students for whom English is not a primary language. The ELP provides you individualized support with sequential courses at foundational (or low-intermediate), intermediate and advanced levels.

Why Join Biola’s English Language Program?

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

  • Language Learning
    Prepare yourself for academic work by becoming proficient in your English reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.
  • Cultural Immersion
    Learn English in a setting in which you are surrounded by English speakers.
  • Biblical Communication
    Engage in a unique language learning experience that not only focuses on the various aspects of academic, professional and conversational English, but also on English-language communication in Christian, biblical and missional contexts. Biola University's commitment to biblical integration will provide you with a thorough, well-rounded learning experience.
  • Caring and Supportive Christian Staff and Faculty
    Interact with experienced faculty, teaching assistants and tutors who are committed to your academic success and will give you the support and encouragement you need to meet your academic and career goals.

Who Should Apply?

The ELP is designed for low intermediate to advanced students of English who want to improve their language skills for their education or career. Level 1 students must have an intermediate knowledge of English. Please note that the ELP meets the requirements for an F-1 student visa.

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