Formal English Language Programs

University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute
The English Language Institute offers a range of full and part time programs for students at various levels of English proficiency.

ELS – Pittsburgh
Located on the campus of Point Park University in downtown Pittsburgh, ELS offers several programs with new sessions starting approximately every four weeks.

Chatham University English Language Program
Chatham University offers English language instruction from basic to advanced for students who want to improve their English proficiency for academic, professional, or personal enrichment.

Informal Education

The following provide informal educational opportunities on a wide variety of topics, including, in some cases, English language. Many local cultural and religious groups also offer English conversation and information instruction opportunities. See our Getting Involved page for some additional suggestions.

Carnegie Library (Oakland)
The Main branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is a short walk from the Cathedral of Learning. Along with book rentals, the Main branch also provides: computer classes, foreign language courses, career development programs, arts and crafts courses, and family-orientated literacy events.

Carnegie Library (Squirrel Hill)
The Squirrel Hill branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh offers a variety of programs: family-orientated literacy events, film showings, yoga classes, writing workshops, book clubs, conversational English sessions, and a variety of other informational events.

YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh
With nearly 20 locations throughout the Pittsburgh region, the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh hosts youth-based programs (day care, after-school, aquatics, etc.), fitness/recreational opportunities, and arts & crafts sessions, among many other activities.

Community College of Allegheny County: Community Education
The Community College of Allegheny County provides non-credit courses through its Community Education program. Topics of these personal enrichment courses include: world languages, fitness, health, music, dance, horticulture, driver’s education, and cooking.