ELL Program

University of the People is launching a new English-Language Learners (ELL) program. This is a non-degree, non-credit bearing program designed to improve English-language proficiency.

Currently, the courses are only available to existing UoPeople in Arabic students who wish to improve their English. The program is comprised of eight levels, including from beginner level (A0) through upper-intermediate level (B2). The first two levels include a mix of Arabic and English, designed for those just beginning to study the English language. Once students attain the relevant proficiency (B2 Level), they may then transition from UoPeople in Arabic and integrate into UoPeople to continue their studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in English.

As part of the University’s mission to offer affordable, quality, online degree programs to any qualified student, the ELL program will open access to the University to more refugee students and to a large population of Arabic-speaking prospective students. By equipping the students with English proficiency at an academic level, the program will allow the students to be successful in their studies.
Furthermore, these language and communication skills can create many opportunities for students and graduates reaching beyond the University. By offering students the opportunity to study towards a degree in English, we are preparing our students for the international job market, as well as providing them with an essential tool for building their professional careers - particularly for refugees who are integrating into new societies. The program also gives the Arabic student population an excellent opportunity to participate in the UoPeople global community, enriching the diversity of the student population.