Intensive English Program

Intensive English Program

AppELS Institute offers four 8-week terms per year. Class sizes are small with personalized attention from university professors. See why AppELS Institute is the best place to start your USA academic studies!

Intensive Language Courses

AppELS Institute’s dynamic curriculum is content-based, which means our courses are specifically preparing you for success in your future university studies. You can improve your English speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation while studying topics like Biology, Anthropology, Economics, Technology, and Business. Sample courses include: English for Literature, English for Humanities, English for STEAM, American Culture, and Current Events.  

AppELS Institute offers four levels of instruction:  Intermediate, High-Intermediate 1, High-Intermediate 2, and Advanced. Before arrival, students will take our online placement test to ensure registration into the right courses. 

Each level includes four core courses in addition to a Writing Lab, a Project Lab, and a Culture and Service course.


Cultural Engagement 

Cultural engagement is integral to the AppELS Institute and Appalachian State University experience. It’s who we are!  

At App, you can:

And much more!


Experiential Learning

At AppELS Institute, your language learning is not limited to a classroom. From the very first day, students engage in hands-on research, project-based work, service-learning, field trips, and community involvement. Experiential learning gives you context in which your skills and knowledge can take off.



AppELS offers four entry points per year.



First Day of Term

Last Day of Term

Spring A 2022

January 5-7, 2022

January 10, 2022

March 4, 2022

Spring B 2022

March 15, 2022

March 16, 2022

April 29, 2022

Fall A 2022

August 17-19, 2022

August 22, 2022

December 8, 2022

Fall B 2022

October 14, 2022

October 19, 2022

December 8, 2022

Spring A 2023

January 11-13, 2023

January 17, 2023

March 10, 2023

Spring B 2023

March 21, 2023

March 22, 2023

May 5, 2023





AppELS Program Fees

University Fees

Estimated Health Insurance

Estimated Housing and Meals


1 Term

$ 2,500.00

$ 792.00

$ 330.00

$ 2,500.00

$ 6,122.00

Semester  (2 Terms)

$ 4,750.00

$ 1,584.00

$ 660.00

$ 4,500.00


As reflected here, the cost of the AppELS program is discounted 5% for students who register and pay in advance for a full semester of courses, which is 2 terms.

University fees are mandatory and allow students to use all AppState facilities and services.

Health insurance is mandatory. This is an estimated cost of insurance based upon arrival/departure dates.

This is an estimated cost of housing and meals, which vary according to customs and preferences. All on-campus housing assignments are subject to availability. 



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Application Instructions:


1.    Follow the link provided to the application portal.

2.    Click “Apply Now”

3.    When a pop up window asks if you’re ready to create an application, click “OK.”

4.    Create an account (see "New User" at the bottom)

5.    Complete the New User Form with your email, name, and password.

6.    Follow instructions to complete the application.