Intensive English Program

StudyUSA Overview of the ELI

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6 levels of study (beginning to advanced)

New students take the ELI Placement Exam on the first day of the session and are placed in the appropriate level for each core class (Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening, Structure). See our Program Design page for more information.

20 to 24 hours of class per week

Full-time students take 20 hours per week in core/elective classes and from 2 to 4 more hours per week in Culturally Speaking (not offered in summer) and Friday Afternoon Seminars. Classes typically meet between 8:00 am and each 4:30 pm Monday – Thursday and between 8:00 am and 12:00 noon each Friday.

Professional, experienced teachers

All ELI faculty members have master’s degrees in TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). Many have also lived and taught outside of the United States.

6 sessions per year, each lasting 8 or 6 weeks

Each session in the fall and spring lasts 8 weeks, and each session in the summer lasts 6 weeks. Students may enroll for one session or for multiple sessions.

Starting dates in January, March, May, June, August, October

For exact dates, see our Calendar and Costs page.

Half sessions available

Half sessions last 4 weeks (fall and spring) or 3 weeks (summer) and begin on the same dates as full sessions.

Program Cost

See our Calendar and Costs page for current costs.

Certificate awarded upon completion of program