Towson University - English Language Center (ELC) Towson MD

Towson University - English Language Center (ELC)

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Tuition

    $1,000—$5,000 Session

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL), English for Specific Purposes Programs, Intensive English

  • Setting


  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment

  • Social Media

Towson University - English Language Center (ELC)

Nine out of ten students come to us through recommendations from satisfied former students, family, and friends.

About Towson University

  • Towson, a public university founded in 1866, is part of the University System of Maryland.
  • Towson is the second largest school in the system with approximately 23,000 students.
  • Towson offers 65 undergraduate, 41 master, and 4 doctoral degree programs.
  • Degree programs include Computer Science, IT, Nursing, Health Sciences, Business and Accounting, Fine Arts, and Education.
  • Undergraduate education emphasizes service learning, civic engagement, and internships.
  • The campus is located in a safe suburban neighborhood near restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. 
  • Towson is a beautiful 329 acre campus with sports facilities, library, computer labs, and more.
  • A half hour shuttle bus ride gets you to downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, night life, and museums.

Intensive English for Academic Purposes

  • Three semesters a year give you time to show progress.
    • 15 weeks in fall and spring
    • 10 weeks in summer
  • Six levels, from Beginners to Advanced and Graduate Level, prepare you for academic success.
  • Placement tests for all language skills get you started in the right level.
  • Integrated skills classes prepare you for realistic academic university work:
    • Reading, Writing, Grammar, Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary, Pronunciation/Phonics, Culture
  • Small class sizes ensure that you get individual attention and feedback.
  • Free tutoring sessions help you succeed in your classes.
  • Certificates are awarded for your successful completion of each semester.

When you feel at home, you’ll do better at school.

English Language Center (ELC) Features

  • Your academic progress and comfort in your new home are our number one priority.
  • Highly qualified, caring, and experienced teachers and staff do all they can to help you achieve your academic goals and feel comfortable in your new environment.
  • Academic, health, and safety orientation meetings help you to adjust to life at Towson. 
  • Our cultural activities and annual International Festival give you the opportunity to learn about other cultures and to share your own.
  • Outreach / volunteer activities enrich your understanding of American culture.
  • Trips to different locations every semester give you opportunities for fun, relaxation, and learning.
  • You get access to all Towson facilities and services on campus.
  • Continuing students have the chance to apply for merit-based scholarships.

Prepare for success

Towson University Pathway

Undergraduate Admissions

  • Applicants for Conditional Admissions must meet Towson University academic requirements.
  • Qualified undergraduates who successfully complete our advanced level with a B- (80%) or better can enter Towson University without a TOEFL or IELTS score.
  • If you have not completed all advanced level ELC classes, you may enroll in non-degree courses at the university as a part-time student to maintain your visa requirements. 
  • Upon completion of all ELC classes, you get credit for all the non-degree courses you have passed.  
  • An academic advisor works with you to guide you through the admissions process.
  • The Conversation Partner Program helps you improve your English skills and develop friendships with American and other international students.
  • Intercultural courses and events and university class observations prepare you for the academic life and culture at the university.
  • TOEFL and IELTS preparation classes are offered every semester for interested students.  

Graduate Admissions

  • Minimum required scores for acceptance are 80 for TOEFL and 6.0 for IELTS. Plus GRE and GMAT may be required for some majors.
  • The ELC offers graduate level preparation classes in intensive Reading / Writing / Grammar and Listening / Speaking / Grammar plus research skills.
  • If you are a student in this graduate level English class, your research project prepares you for your specific field of study.
  • IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT skills are integrated into the above courses.
  • You receive academic advising to smooth your transition to the university.

Downtown Towson

  • Downtown Towson is a growing metropolitan center offering housing, entertainment, and shopping geared to the needs of the Towson community.
  • Towson is:
    • Less than an hour to Washington, DC 
    • Less than two hours to Philadelphia, a city rich with history
    • Less than 3 ½ hours to New York City
    • Close to Delaware beaches, Atlantic City, and beautiful national parks


  • If you have conditional admission to Towson, you may choose to live in campus housing.
  • Off campus housing is less expensive and still convenient:
    • Within walking distance of campus
    • On the free Towson University shuttle routes
  • Meal plans are available to you whether you live on or off campus



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Towson University - English Language Center (ELC)

Towson University - English Language Center (ELC)
8000 York Road
Towson MD 21252
P: 410.704.2552
Bachelor Degree
  • Bridge Programs
English Programs
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • English for Postgraduates
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • General English Programs
  • Intensive English
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation
Certificate/Short Term
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation
  • English for Specific Purposes Programs
  • English Language (ESL)
  • Summer Intensive English
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation
  • TOEFL and Test Preparation

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