Our English Language Programs are designed to strengthen and advance the English language capacities of those who speak English as an additional language, facilitating students’ and scholars’ academic and professional success at the University and beyond.

Our Offerings

The English Language Program (ELP) within University College is an Academic and Professional English program specifically designed for students and scholars  who speak English as an additional language. ELP offers courses, support, and assessment in academic and professional English language.


Improve your English language skills by taking a course about writing, conversation, or presentation skills. English Language Programs offers courses in research writing for the sciences, social sciences, and humanities as well as courses in discussion and casual conversation to build skills. Learn more about our courses.

Individual Supports

You can also develop your English language skills through individual supports: tutorials, appointments, and small group sessions with an English language professional. Learn more about our individual supports.

To set up an appointment or tutorial course, students and scholars should schedule an appointment with our ELP Program Manager, Katie Blackburn Brown

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Our Assessments

English Language Programs also offers two assessments for Washington University programs: Incoming Placement Assessments and Instructional Readiness Assessments. Students are identified to take these exams by the Graduate School and their home departments.

These assessments are designed to identify students who might benefit from English language courses throughout their time at Washington University in St. Louis. Learn more about our assessments.

Resources: On-Campus & Online

We curate a list of tips, strategies, and tools for your success! See our guides for developing your writing skills, let us share the best YouTube self-study resources, and experience our tools for pronunciation support! Students, scholars, and community members should test out these resources.

Learn more about our resources and our campus partners.

Our Staff

Our staff includes professionals trained to work with multilingual students and scholars. Each semester our instructors and tutors work with classes and individuals to help them achieve their English language goals. Learn more about our instructors.

We are aligned with University College’s COVID-19 Response. At present, we are fully in person for course delivery with masks being optional for our students.

Read about the most recent updates on the WashU Together: COVID-19 Response.

Contact Us

To find out if you qualify for these English language supports or learn more about English Language Programs, contact our Program Manager, Katie Blackburn Brown.