Cincinnati hosts several university and private English-language schools. Courses range from one week to an academic semester in length and serve students with various academic and professional needs. Some centers also have courses for leisure study. Every program divides students based on proficiency level, from beginner to advanced.

ELS Educational Services, Inc.

An ELS center located on the University of Cincinnati campus offers three programs: English for academic purposes, featuring 30 50-minute classes per week; semi-intensive English, featuring 20 50-minute classes per week; and the American explorer program, featuring 15 50-minute classes per week. The courses are four weeks in duration and students are placed into one of 12 proficiency levels. Students completing the highest level of the English for academic purposes program receive a certificate of English language ability to be used when applying for universities. Students have access to a Language Technology Center and housing on campus or with a host family. Sessions begin 26 times a year.

Conversa Language Center

Conversa Language Center offers an Intensive Group English course with 21 hours of instruction per week split among three classes: integrated English skills, conversation and pronunciation, and reading and writing. Class sizes range from two to 10 students, with an average of five. Students can enroll in one of five proficiency levels from low beginning to advanced, and sessions are four weeks long. Students may find their own housing or stay in an international student house near the University of Cincinnati, where rooms are rented by international English students and American university students, and the kitchen and other rooms are communal.


The Berlitz Cincinnati Learning Center offers classes in English to people of all ages. Classes include total immersion, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, and private instruction, offered at flexible times Monday through Friday. Courses are one week long. In the intensive course, students not only practice speaking in classes, but also have lunch with their instructors for casual speaking practice. In private instruction classes, students decide the pace of the coursework and control the lesson schedule. Students may stay with a host family or in a hotel. Levels of difficulty and materials can be customized to suit the needs of individual students. Berlitz also offers companies the option to have instructors come to their workplace to teach classes.

University of Cincinnati

The Center for English as a Second Language at the University of Cincinnati is an English for Academic Purposes program. Students can take summer reading and writing courses, as well as academic courses during fall and spring semesters. Students without a TOEFL or IELTS score are given a placement test; all students enter one of five levels of writing classes and one of four levels of communication classes. All instructors except graduate assistants have master's or doctoral degrees in TESL or English.

Xavier University

The Intensive English Program at Xavier University serves students who desire to enter English-speaking universities or use English professionally. Four levels of classes are offered, and students study 20 to 23 hours per week, in addition to having several hours of daily homework. Semester courses last 15 weeks, while the summer course lasts 12 weeks. Students are placed via a proficiency test. Students may live in university residence halls or apartments, or arrange off-campus housing. All instructors have graduate degrees in TESOL.

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