English + Business Program

English + Business, Fall 2014

English + Business at Hyundai Manufacturing in Mobile, AL

The English + Business Program is offered two times each year by The University of Alabama (UA) English Language Institute (ELI) in cooperation with the UA Culverhouse College of Commerce.

This three-week program is offered each January and July for non-native speakers of English who wish to improve their English-language skills as well as learn about business concepts and practices in the United States.

Key features of the English + Business Program include the following:

  • Provides training in English and business for non-native speakers of English
  • Takes place for three weeks each January and July
  • Includes 40+ hours of English instruction and 10-15 hours of business lectures
  • Includes two visits to local corporations

Program of Study

Intensive English (40+ hours of instruction): Participants take part in three customized business English classes, which include business negotiating and presentation skills; writing, speaking, listening and note-taking skills; as well as business-specific vocabulary and discussion based on lectures and readings. (It is recommended that participants in the English + Business Program have a high intermediate level of English or higher).

Each student’s proficiency in English and appropriate ELI level of instruction will be determined by means of the ELI Placement Exam, which is administered at the beginning of the program.  English instruction takes place during each weekday morning.

Business Lectures/Workshops (9 hours of instruction):  The UA Culverhouse College of Commerce as well as other University of Alabama colleges and departments offer between six and eight business-related lectures.  Each lecture focuses on a different area of business study related to the following general topics:

  • Economics
  • Risk Management
  • Finance
  • Accounting
  • Supply Chain
  • Operations Management
  • Business Commuication
  • Trade between Alabama and the world

Lectures are scheduled in the afternoons two or three days per week and will be held in C&BA or other classrooms on the UA campus.  Each lecture is scheduled for approximately two hours, including time for questions and discussion.

Corporate Visits (2-3 visits): One of the corporate visits is typically to Mercedes-Benz US International, which is located in Tuscaloosa County. Other possible visits are Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery, Regions Bank (a Fortune 500 Company), Flower Foods, Cadence Bank, or other local corporations in the following fields:

  • agriculture/aquiculture (e.g., catfish farming)
  • banking
  • electronics
  • food
  • hospitality
  • medical/health care
  • steel milling

Cultural Activities: A welcome reception for the participants is held at the beginning of the program in order to allow the students to meet and socialize with the English teachers, the business lecturers, and other program staff members. 

A closing ceremony, including a formal dinner, is held at a popular local restaurant.  At the closing, each participant receives a group photo, a certificate of participation, and a UA T-shirt.

Housing:  Program participants live in UA campus residence halls with roommates.  Depending on space availability, participants room either with each other or with other UA/ELI students.

Meals:  Participants may eat their meals in cafeterias located on the UA campus or in restaurants located within walking distance of the campus.

Access to Facilities and Events:  Participants will have full access to all facilities, resources, and events (academic, cultural, and sporting) at UA.

Summer 2014 English + Business

English + Business at Cadence Bank

Program Dates

The dates for the English + Business Program are as follows:

Program Dates Deadline to Apply Arrival Dates Departure Dates
January 11 – February 2, 2017 (16 class days) November 1, 2016 January 10, 2017 February 3, 2017
July 11 – August 1, 2017 (16 class days) May 1, 2017 July 10, 2017 August 2, 2017

Program participants should plan to arrive at the Birmingham International Airport (BHM) in Birmingham, Alabama. ELI representatives will meet the students at the Birmingham airport at a selected time on arrival day and transport them to the UA campus in the city of Tuscaloosa, a one-hour drive from Birmingham.

Group transportation back to the Birmingham airport will be provided on the departure day.

Program Costs

The cost of the English + Business Program per person is as follows:

  • January 11 – February 2, 2017 = $2,998
  • July 11 – August 1, 2017 = $2,998

The following items are included in this price:

  • Tuition and fees for English and business instruction
  • Corporate visits
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Required textbooks and materials
  • Medical insurance
  • Welcome reception and farewell dinner
  • Airport transfers from and to Birmingham, Alabama on designated arrival and departure dates

Visa Information

Participants will receive I-20 documents from The University of Alabama and will use these documents to obtain student (F-1) visas to the United States by applying through the local US embassy or consulate in their respective country.


Download a printable .pdf version of the program application.

For More Information

For more information, please contact the UA English Language Institute (info@eli.ua.edu or 205-348-7413).