English Language and Culture Program

The English Language and Culture Program (ELCP) provides an academic preparation program in language and culture studies for non-native speakers of English who are applying for full enrollment in Linfield’s degree program. Students may count up to 29 credits in ELCP toward the 125 required for graduation. ELCP also offers one-semester and one-year programs in English language and culture.

New international students must demonstrate evidence of their current level of English proficiency. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are preferred. Minimum English proficiency requirements for degree-seeking students entering the ELCP academic preparation program are: TOEFL 450 (paper); iBT 45, or IELTS 4.0.  Applicants with TOEFL scores of 550 (paper); iBT 80 with writing subscore of 24, or IELTS 6.5 and IELTS academic writing subscore 7.0, can gain full admission to Linfield University provided all other admission requirements are met. New international students are required to participate in the English Language Culture Program (ELCP) written and oral assessment before classes start.

ELCP courses are offered at low-intermediate to advanced levels in a series of skills-based and theme-based courses specifically designed to prepare degree-seeking students for undergraduate work. Courses in the English Language and Culture Program are described in the ELCP section of this catalog.

To exit the ELCP bridge program and be fully admitted into the Linfield degree-seeking program, students must obtain both a grade of B- (2.7) in all required advanced level ELCP courses and approval of the ELCP coordinator.

Students taking ELCP courses are not allowed to take Online and Continuing Education (OCE) for-credit courses until they are fully admitted into the Linfield degree program.