Welcome to
ECU Language Academy

Application Process

Applying to ECU Language Academy

Please be aware that we are not currently holding Level 1 classes on the ECU campus. Only high beginners and above should apply to the ECULA program at the present time. In addition, no third party applications will be accepted. All applicants must use a personal email address.

Please follow these steps to apply:

1. Carefully fill out and submit the ECULA Online Application, making sure that you have answered every question.

2. Pay the non-refundable application fee of $75

3. Email a copy of your high school diploma or most recent college degree along with an English translation to: Julie Williams at

4. Once you have completed these steps, please await the online ECULA online Placement Test, which will be sent to you. When you receive the email, follow the instructions give. Only open the placement test when you are ready to take it.

For information on on-campus housing, please see

For information on off campus, please see

ESL Class Terms and Important Dates

Class Term Dates
Application Deadlines
Summer 2017: May 15 - July 28

Students in the US:  May 5
Students outside the US: April 14

Fall 2017 August 21- December 8

Students in the US: August 11
Students outside the US: July 20

Please note, for those students wishing on campus housing, application must be made approximately three months before the beginning of the semester you are applying for. Students are recommended to apply as early as possible, because obtaining a US visa may take longer than anticipated.

Applicants can apply for conditional admission to ECU contingent upon successful completion of the Language Academy. Simultaneous application to both the ECULA and ECU is encouraged.

ECULA Proficiency Levels

At entry, the student understands some words and simple phrases about topics that refer to basic personal information or the immediate physical setting and is able to recognize the alphabet, identify contextualized words and single phrases but has no practical communicative writing skills.
At completion, the student has mastered certain model sentences and can write them, but oral communication skills are rudimentary, simple and very slow.

Advanced Beginner
At entry, the student understands words and phrases from simple questions and face-to-face sentences in a learned context using vocabulary for basic objects and places and can supply information on simple forms and documents, write short messages, postcards and take down simple notes as well as speak in simple sentences.
At completion, the student understands everyday language with some difficulty and is able to read and write simple texts on a given topic and express him/herself in several sentences in routine conversations with frequent mistakes.

Low Intermediate
At entry, the student understands words and main ideas about personal background and needs, social conventions and more complex tasks, such as lodging, transportation, and shopping personal interests and activities and can write short, simple letters with short sentences or sentence fragments on a given topic. He or she can manage short routine telephone conversations with repetition.
At completion, the student has a good general understanding of grammar, accentuation and vocabulary, although with gaps, and often restarts sentences in order to be understood.

High Intermediate
At entry, the student understands main ideas and most details of reading and speech of a number of topics primarily dealing with factual information and can write sentences of at least several paragraphs in length. He or she can successfully initiate, sustain, and close a general conversation in various social situations with evident errors.
At completion, the student understands everyday language and, in spite of some grammatical and colloquial mistakes, is capable of expressing general ideas with nuances. Language knowledge is sufficient to use in the professional world. This is equivalent to a TOEFL score of 500.

At entry, the student understands the main ideas of all speech in a standard dialect, including technical discussion in a field of specialization and can follow the essentials of lengthy speeches in lectures and reports at academic and professional settings and can also discuss and write on concrete topics relating to particular interests and special fields of competence..
At completion, the student has mastered the structure of both oral and written English and is capable of confident expression in various situations, although refinement is needed in idiomatic expressions and stylistic nuances. He or she is able to read unfamiliar subjects and literary texts and speak the language with sufficient accuracy to participate effectively in most formal and informal conversations on practical, social, professional and abstract topics. This is equivalent to a TOEFL score of 550.

Applying to the ECU Language Academy and ECU

As admission processes to the university and the Language Academy are separate, simultaneous applications are required to ECU and ECULA.

If you wish to apply for conditional admission to East Carolina University, please refer to the following web pages for instructions:

International Undergraduate Admission

Students currently in the U.S.

If you are currently in the U.S. in an F-1 student visa status, we ask that you submit copies of all previous I-20s, I-94, visa and passport ID page. YOU MUST ALSO SUBMIT A TRANSCRIPT FROM ANY PREVIOUS US INSTITUTION. If admitted, you will also be required to submit a transfer form.

If you are in the U.S. in another non-immigrant visa status which allows you to study, please submit a copy of your I-94, visa and passport ID page.

Please note that U.S. immigration rules and regulations state that full-time studies using a B-1/2 (tourist visa) or an F-2 (dependent of F-1) visa are not allowed.

In order to have an I-20 - Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant (F-1) Student status issued, international students are also required to submit the Confidential Financial Information Form together with documents showing that they have sufficient financial resources to fund their education in the US. For more information on the cost of attendance and the fee for the I-20, please review the Fees and Payment page.