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English Language Institute Programs

Academic English Program

On-campus or online, our curriculum results in improved academic English skills and/or preparation to enroll in an American university. At the start of the semester, students are placed in one of four levels, after which their ELI Advisor will provide a schedule of classes for the 15-week semester. Level 4 students can apply to our Bridge Program for dual ELI-SU enrollment and earn university credits toward your degree. Upon successful completion of ELI Level 4, international students can use “ELI completion” to meet the SU English language requirement for SU undergraduate admission.

18 hour per week

  • Levels 1 & 2 16 hours/week of reading, writing, speaking/listening & grammar
    2 hours/week of language lab/vocabulary building
  • Levels 3 & 4 12 hours/week of reading, writing, speaking/listening & grammar
    4 hours/week of ELI elective courses
    2 hours/week of TOEFL skills

Summer English Program

Our summer sessions focus on English language learning as well as cultural experiences. Participants study English and American culture in the mornings Monday-Friday as well as engage in campus activities, hear presentations by guest lecturers, and enjoy local and regional travel.

15 hour per week from 9am-12noon: Reading & Vocabulary, Speaking/Listening & Writing/Grammar classes

Online Oral English Program

Learn with us from anywhere in the world! This online-only class focuses on improving students’ English speaking and listening skills. Native-speaking instructors provide students with various communication experiences in English during which students learn about and discuss U.S. culture and current topics.

Two 1-hour classes either in the morning or in the evening. Remote lessons via Zoom.

Custom Programs

If you or your organization are interested in a unique English language program and experience, we have experience creating and offering teacher cohort programs, undergraduate research-focused programming, and more.

Please inquire directly – – regarding your particular interests & needs.

English for Second Language Learners (ESLL) / May Literacy Center

The ELI welcomes members of the community who are second language learners of English to learn and practice their English skills during Fall, Spring & Summer sessions. Classes are free.

CURRENTLY: Saturdays 10-11am in Conway Hall, Rm 184 from Oct 2 – Nov 20. If interested in this program please email us at