The English Language Center offers the following programs, for the duration of one semester each, on the University of Sharjah's main campus:
·Foundation 1 & 2: 25 hours per week of classroom instruction in listening, speaking, reading, writing and introductory IELTS preparation (Intensive English Program).
·Preparatory 3 & 4: 20 hours per week of classroom instruction in listening, speaking, reading, writing, and IELTS preparation (Intensive English Program). Students in this program are permitted to take one Arabic-medium course, which counts towards their major requirements.
· Special Skills Program: This program comprises courses in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, which meet three (3) hours per week. They are mandatory courses for students who have entered their majors but have not successfully achieved the equivalence of an IELTS score of Band 5 in one or more of the skill components. Students who enter with EmSAT are required to take listening and speaking skills.
The same above programs, with the exception of the Special Skills Program, are offered at the University's Community College in Sharjah, Maleiha, Kalba and Dibba and at the University's Khor Fakkan branch. At the Community College, women attend classes in the mornings from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm, while men attend classes from 2:30 am to 9:00 pm.
The ELC offers Special Skill Courses (see above) during the summer. These courses allow registered students to fulfill their English language admission requirements for their majors. The ELC also offers an IELTS preparation course in the summer, which is open to the public.
In-House IELTS and TOEFL Exams
The ELC offers several in-house IELTS and TOEFL exams throughout the year. Registration takes place on campus and students are provided with relevant information and instructions in a timely manner.
In addition to other facilities, the ELC offers English for Specific Purposes Courses (ESP) to the public. These courses include ESP for Business, Banking, Public Relations, Law, Administrative staff, Human Resources, Journalism, Transportation, Police, Security, Media, Tourism, Insurance Companies, Aviation, Islamic studies.