Academic English Program

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ELI’s Academic English Program (AEP) is a full-time, CEA accredited academic program for international students offered year-round. This program is designed for English language learners seeking to improve their English proficiency in all skill areas. All AEP classes are held on ELI’s campus.

AEP teaches English language and university study skills to students from many countries around the world. The format of the lessons includes discussion-based cooperative learning methods that inspire students to take an active role in the interactive learning process.

  • Maximum class size is 15.
  • Four courses are offered during each term: reading and vocabulary, writing, listening, speaking and presentation.
  • 5 proficiency levels are offered to meet each learner’s abilities.

AEP Advantages

  • Students will improve readiness in U.S. higher education curriculum study in professional listening, presentation, academic reading, vocabulary, research paper writing, and grammar.
  • AEP  teaches students to communicate fluently and effectively in academic settings while improving their study skills.

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Admission & Enrollment

  • Students who apply to the English Language Institute (ELI) should plan to attend a college or university in the United States
  • Generally, applicants must have already graduated from high school, though there are a few exceptions for students who meet the minimum age requirement of 16 and have demonstrated excellent academic ability
  • School transcripts are required
  • ELI seeks applicants who are open to learning about American culture and society and can adapt to the norms of higher education in the United States
  • Students must take a placement test and achieve a minimum score of 25 on the Global Scale of English (GSE)
  • Decisions regarding enrollment are made by the ELI President

ELI continually seeks out students desiring to study English for academic purposes and enrolls students before the beginning of each term. Students interested in attending the Academic English Program (AEP) should complete the AEP Application packet online or download the packet here and submit the necessary documents indicated on the instruction page.

Once the application is submitted, ELI administration will review the application and make a decision based on criteria needed for acceptance. A letter will be issued to the student following the review. If approved, students will receive an acceptance letter with the next steps for completing their enrollment. The acceptance letter will include information about housing and medical insurance as well as instructions about how to make a payment. An I-20 form will be issued and sent in the mail to international students who require it under the current Department of Homeland Security regulation.

While in the program, students are expected to follow the attendance policy in addition to completing the necessary academic and curriculum activities and assessment.

Please click here to see our attendance policy.

Admission Deadline


Fall 1 2020

Fall 2 2020

Winter 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Fall 1 2021

Fall 2 2021

Admission Deadline

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Start Date

August 17, 2020 October 12, 2020 January 11, 2021 March 22, 2021 May 24, 2021 August 9, 2021 October 18, 2021

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Term Duration

9am – 2pm

Monday thru Friday

Each term lasts 9 weeks

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$19,800/academic year

One academic year includes four terms and each term is nine weeks long. Each semester has two terms. Tuition needs to be paid in each semester (two terms). However, if a student missed the beginning of a semester but still has time to study for at least nine weeks, then the student will be allowed to enroll for one term during that semester.

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“I really appreciated the opportunity to attend ELI’s program. Attending this program helps me improve my English ability. I have found my class very helpful because my instructor really helped me expand my vocabulary and my English speaking is also getting better.”


“ELI’s teachers are very professional and experienced, and staff are very nice and patient. I like the infrastructure ELI provides for us, and I can also enjoy the beautiful environment outside of the building, which helps me to relax and review the knowledge I have learned from class. Learning facilities, textbooks, and online learning materials are of great help for me, and I benefit a lot from them.”


“There is no doubt that studying at ELI was extremely gratifying. I had the opportunity to improve my skills in English in a way that I never would have been able to without the help of the teachers that were partners in my learning process. Also, I would like to mention the multicultural environment in the school. This environment gave me the opportunity to be able to exchange experiences with students from other countries  and this kind of information interchange added so much to me.”


“I met great teachers at ELI. The classes are well-organized and I feel very productive everyday. Through classes and assignments, I know I have been improving my English ability, and the most important thing is that ELI makes me feel confident! Additionally, I never found a school with such nice environment and cutting-edge educational technologies. I have access to all the learning resources via online system.”

YunghyeSouth Korea

“Teachers and staff in ELI are very kind to us. The Academic English Program helps me with my English improvement a lot. Teachers all have very effective ways to teach us, and they make sure each of us is making progress no matter what starting level we were from.”


“I like ELI a lot because it has qualified teachers and nice staff. They guide us to learn English in the right way, so every student can easily see the improvement after accomplishing specific tasks for each part of English learning. I think ESL students who want to learn English language and American Culture should come to ELI, because this is the best and right place for you!”