Program Details


We offer two different tracks within the English Language Program (ELP). Choose the track that best meets your goals. Click on the links below to view more details about each track.

  • University Track: Prepare for undergraduate or graduate studies at an American college or university. Students who complete the University Track English Language Program receive language credit waivers for their degree programs at Biola.
  • Short Term Academic Language and Culture Track: Improve your academic English skills and explore Southern California during our 3-week course with language and culture.

Apply to the English Language Program

After students are admitted to Biola University, they can continue to receive English language support. The Accelerated Learning Placement (ALP) program integrates English language study with general education courses, including courses that cover critical thinking and writing, public communication and modern languages. The ALP program offers additional English language support to undergraduates with a TOEFL (iBT) 70+ (subscores 17+) or IELTS low 6.5. ALP students take certain core curriculum (general education) classes for full credit, but they enjoy the benefit of having these classes taught by a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) instructor who will develop both their English language skills and content knowledge simultaneously. In addition, ALP students receive language tutoring support and workshop support to guide their learning experience. To learn if you would qualify for placement in the ALP track, prospective ALP undergraduate students should apply through the undergraduate application.

The ELP staff will determine which level of coursework is appropriate for each applicant based on TOEFL/IELTS scores.

Any Biola students looking for more support in language learning in any of their academic work can contact the ELP or the Writing Center for language tutoring, writing consultations and speech coaching. For more information, contact

University Track

The University Track is intended for students who plan to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in the United States. Students will improve their English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills and also learn strategies for improving their TOEFL or IELTS scores. The ELP provides you individualized support with sequential courses at foundational (or low-intermediate), intermediate and advanced levels. The University Track qualifies for an F-1 visa. As part of their English study, students may visit Biola classes within their field (business, theology, intercultural studies, etc.) and incorporate these lectures and subjects into English language assignments.

  • Three levels of instruction: Level 1 (Low-Intermediate); Level 2 (High-Intermediate); and Level 3 (Advanced)
  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced Christian instructors with advanced degrees and experience in teaching English as a second language
  • Assistance with completing degree applications to college or university


The courses for the university track focus on preparing and transitioning students into university studies.

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Students will submit information through the ELP application that will help initially place them into the appropriate course level. Once on campus, additional placement tests may be given to further evaluate the correct level of courses.


English classes meet in the mornings for a total of 15 hours per week. On Fridays, your ELP instructor will lead you on an optional local-area sightseeing activity.

Health Insurance

Students are eligible to purchase health insurance through the university.

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Courses in the University Track cost $536 per credit. Each course is three credits and students are required by the F-1 visa to be enrolled for 12 credits each semester.

Costs (per 16-week semester)

Tuition $6,432
Nonrefundable Application Fee $45
International Student Health Insurance Plan (Required) $1,107
Room and Board (estimated) $2,760
Books and Supplies (estimated) $200
TOTAL: $10,544


Students in the university track program are encouraged to live on-campus in the dorms.

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Short Term Academic Language and Culture Track (Coming Summer 2019)

The Short Term Academic Language and Culture Track combines 15 hours each week of English language classes with fun, cultural experiences. Enjoy classes on campus in the mornings and see beautiful Southern California in the afternoons. The Short Term Academic Language and Culture Track is intended for students who want to improve their English language fluency in preparation for college-level studies and learn about American culture in a Christian setting. In addition to taking classes at Biola’s campus, you will take field trips to local cultural attractions and hear Christian guest speakers. This program focuses on academic development, cultural knowledge, communication and fun.

  • Knowledgeable, experienced Christian instructors with advanced degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Small class sizes
  • Guest speakers
  • Field trips to popular locations like Disneyland and Hollywood


Courses focus on improving your vocabulary, listening, speaking, reading and writing. The courses require you to engage in the local Christian community and interact with Americans as part of class projects and assignments. You will also do group presentations with your classmates and see local attractions.


You will take a placement exam on the first day of the program to determine your level. Students with similar English language ability will be grouped together.


Classes meet in the mornings for a total of 15 hours per week. Two afternoons a week, your English language instructor will lead optional Los Angeles-area sightseeing activities.

Field Trips

Field trips are an important and enjoyable part of short term language and culture program. Students will have the opportunity to go on a campus tour, enjoy group sports activities, and visit various local attractions.

Health Insurance

Visits to hospitals and medical clinics are expensive in the United States. Since the language and culture course is a short-term course for non-F1 visa students, students are not eligible to purchase health insurance through the university. We strongly recommend that all language and culture students purchase medical/travel insurance in your home country that will provide coverage for the duration of your stay in Los Angeles.