English Language Programs FAQs

If you can't find the English Language Program information you need on our website or in this list of common questions, please e-mail elp@nu.edu or call us at (858) 642-7747.

Common Questions

What is the deadline for submitting my application?
There is no deadline. All classes are one month long, so you can begin your new program on the first day of class during any month you choose. We recommend that you apply at least six weeks before your program's start date. Students must take a placement test on the scheduled test date.

How long will it take for my application to be processed?
The application will be processed in about two weeks for English only and up to six weeks for a joint application (ELP and Academics).

How many students are there in each class?
We try to keep the classroom size small so that students can receive individual attention from the instructors.

Will I have homework?
Yes. Homework is assigned daily in the University Preparation Program and English Communication Program.

I am interested in enrolling at National University after I complete ELP. Do I need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to be admitted to National University degree programs?
No. The University Preparation Program is designed to help you succeed in academic classes. Upon completion of the highest level in the program (level 1650) you will have fulfilled the English Language requirement for admissions into National University.

Does National University International offer housing assistance? What are my options?
You can live in an apartment near the school or live with a host family. The staff members in the student services department will assist you in locating a suitable place to live.

I am a little nervous about studying/living in the United States. How can you help me adjust?
National University International's English Language Programs have friendly staff members who will help you get adjusted to living in the United States. We are trained to help international students in all areas such as housing, obtaining driver's licenses, arranging activities, academic advising, and more. If you have any problems, feel free to stop by our office anytime. New students will be provided with an International Student Handbook that will answer any questions you may have.

Where are the English Language Programs offered?

  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles

What do I need to apply?

  1. Complete the online application and pay the $65 application fee.
  2. Take the Placement Exam at a designated National University location.

*Note: Students requesting information should contact International Admissions for details regarding the application process.

ELP Placement Exam
The placement exam is timed and covers four components:

  1. Test I - Speaking Test (30 minutes)
  2. Test II - Reading Test (40 minutes)
  3. Test III - Listening Test (40 minutes)
  4. Test IV - Writing Test (45 minutes)

Each section is timed. You have 30 minutes for each section. Total Points possible are 70. Results are provided within 48 hours of exam completion.

How is the Placement Exam administered?
The exam can be taken online at one of the following National University locations:

  • San Diego
  • Los Angeles

What can I use to place into the program?
There are three (3) forms of placement into the program. Students may use any of the following score reports for placement into the program.

  • ELP Placement Exam.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores.
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) scores.
  • DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) scores
  • PTEA (Pearson Test of English Academic) scores
  • iTEP (International Test of English Proficiency) scores

*Note: Institutional TOEFL scores are not accepted for placement.

How many months of ELP do I have to complete?
It depends on the level the student places into. Each ELP level is completed in one month. There are eight (8) levels in the English Language Program

  • EPP 1300 – Foundation I
  • EPP 1350 – Foundation II
  • EPP 1400 – Skill Development I
  • EPP 1450 – Skill Development II
  • EPP 1500 – Performance Development I
  • EPP 1550 – Performance Development II
  • UPP 1600 – Advanced Performance I
  • UPP 1650 – Advanced Performance II

Can I skip levels?
No, each level is designed to meet specific learning objectives and progresses into the next level. Skipping a particular level would not allow for the student to be set up with the proper foundation to be set up for success.

What is covered in each ESL course?
There are six main components to each ESL level:

  1. Listening
  2. Speaking
  3. Reading
  4. Vocabulary
  5. Grammar
  6. Writing

Each course has in class assignments, homework and exams for each component.

What is the refund policy?
Course must be dropped before the first day of classes to receive a refund. Refunds are not given on or after the first day of class.

What is the Tuition fee?
Tuition fees are $750 (levels 1300-1550) & $1,215 (levels 1600-1650).
Tuition is due by the first day of class.