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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to frequently asked questions.

Q: Do you have community English classes?
A: No. We offer intensive English classes.

Q: Is the TOEFL required to study at the ELC?
A: No.

Q: Is health insurance required?
A: Yes. BYU requires students to have health insurance that is from the U.S. Click to see the list of accepted insurance companies. https://health.byu.edu/accepted-insurances

Q: When can I begin working?
A: Students are required to be in the Foundations C classes and show, through good grades, that they can balance both coursework and work. ELC students can only work on BYU Campus which also includes the MTC.

Q: Can an ELC student take a vacation?
A: Students are eligible to take a semester vacation after 8 months of continuous study at the ELC and with the condition to return to study post vacation. Since our program is a short-term program, students may only have one break during their entire study time at the ELC.

Q: I want to apply to BYU. Does studying at the ELC help me get in?
A: While the ELC is a great place to learn English, it currently does not guarantee admittance into BYU.

Q: What BYU services are available to ELC students?
A: Students have access to BYU's world-class library as well as BYU Counseling and Psychological Services. For a reasonable fee, students may also use BYU gyms.

Q: Can I move from the Foundations courses to Academic courses?
A: Yes, but you will be required to achieve the same proficiency required for other students entering Academic courses.

Q: What if I come to study and I place in the Foundations Courses, but I want to study Academic English?
A: You will be placed in the appropriate courses according to your proficiency, but you will work with a teacher to set up an individual language plan to meet your language needs until you demonstrate the proficiency necessary to study in Academic courses.

Q: What if I come to study and I place in the Academic courses, but I don’t want to study academic English?
A: You will be placed in the appropriate courses according to your proficiency, but you will work with a teacher to set up an individual language plan to meet your language needs.

Q: Can I take both types of courses at the same time?
A: No. These courses are designed to meet the learning needs of students at different proficiency levels.

Q: How do I skip a level?
A: The placement test will be used to identify the courses that would be best for you as well as the most appropriate level within a group of courses. Since language learning takes a great deal of time and effort, it is unlikely that most students would be able to skip a level. However, if a student does well enough on the exams at the end of the semester, it may be possible to skip a level (less than 1% of our students have been able to skip a level).

Q: Are Academic courses actually university courses? Do I get university credit for them?
A: No. Academic courses at the ELC are designed to prepare students to use English at a university where English is the medium of instruction. However, the classes are not regular university classes, nor do students earn university credit for them.

Q: What's the difference between University Prep Curriculum A and University Prep Curriculum B?
A: Both curriculums target the same proficiency level but use different content and textbooks to help you develop the language and skills necessary to succeed in university course work.

Q: Do I have to take the University Prep Curriculums in order?
A: No. The two curriculums are different but equivalent.

Q: If I am placed in the University Prep level, can I choose which curriculum I am enrolled in?
A: No. The curriculum rotates each semester.

Q: How many times can I take the University Prep Level?
A: Every student can take the University Prep level twice—once with curriculum A and once with curriculum B.