Syracuse University

Even if you are already a professional, the ELI offers you an opportunity to improve your English language.

Alexander Guevara Ballesteros

Gain confidence, proficiency, and success.

English language proficiency is the key to your success. Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI) provides intensive English instruction to international students and visiting professionals at all levels of proficiency.

  • English for academic or professional advancement
  • 20-30 hours of intensive study each week
  • integrated skills
  • small classes
  • individualized attention
  • highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • many social activities

Use your improved English to open up a world of opportunities.

Beginner to advanced levels.

Students are placed into the level that allows maximum improvement in communication skills. Five proficiency levels will meet your needs, from beginner to advanced.

  • Academic English (January, May, July, August start)
    Start at the beginning or improve existing English skills.
  • University Link Program (August and January start)
    The Link Program provides a smooth transition from the study of the English language to discipline-specific courses (for students with advanced English proficiency).
  • Executive/Technical English (as required)
    Courses are created for specific groups on a contract basis.
  • Legal English (July start)
    Provides a foundation in legal terminology and language usage for nonnative speakers of English seeking to earn an LL.M. degree in the United States.

Your day might look like this:

8:15–10:15 Oral Communication
10:15–10:30 Break
10:30–12:00 Textual Communication
12:00–1:30 Lunch/Conversation Groups
1:30–2:45 Grammar/Accuracy
2:45–3:30 Conversation Groups
3:30–5:00 Computer Lab
Stanley Moise

I am making significant progress in my academic English in record time. The staff is committed to each student without distinction.

Stanley Moise, Haiti
David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics

two students at ELI

We focus on you.

At SU’s ELI, we really care about you and your individual needs. When you arrive in Syracuse, we’ll meet you at the airport, take you where you need to go, and help you with your transition to life in the USA.

Our friendly faculty and staff assist you with everything from housing and campus life to immigration, as well as personal recommendations and assistance with University admission. You can network with other international students, and get extra support through tutoring sessions, our mentor program, and conversation groups.

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Students at a Connective Corridor stop

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Facilities and fun.

Syracuse University offers outstanding facilities, all of which are available to ELI students: libraries, computer labs, gyms, pools, and student centers, which feature bookstores, cafeterias, and snack bars. Participate in sports such as skiing, ice skating, volleyball, basketball, tennis, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, and football. Attend concerts and lectures by internationally known figures. Participate in seminars and classes and enjoy intellectual stimulation. Meet people from all over the world.

Students at the SU Bookstore
Rafael Pegoraro with fellow Brazilian students

I came as a student in the BSMP with the goal of studying architecture. Only first, I had to learn English, a challenge which the ELI has helped me to face. The entire staff is very professional and not only has guided me through the academic world in the U.S., but has also become family! They never hesitate to give me all the support I need.

Rafael Pegoraro, Brazil
Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program

Map of where Syracuse is in the US
* Asterisks indicate the 130+ countries that current Syracuse University students call home.

Centrally located and known for excellence.

Some facts about Syracuse University:

  • Accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools
  • A private, coeducational university founded in 1870
  • Enrolls some 14,442 undergraduate and 4,670 graduate students (with 2,175 part-time students)
  • Syracuse University has a strong commitment to international students
Abdurrahman Guner
Students at Niagara Falls

I attended Legal English at the ELI where I learned about American legal terminology as well as briefing legal cases and discussing legal matters. All have increased my self-confidence and made the LL.M program easier. Thanks to this program, I have always felt one step ahead of my classmates in the LL.M.

Abdurrahman Guner, Turkey
College of Law, LL.M.

Syracuse University offers top-ranked programs in Architecture, Advertising, Entrepreneurship, Information Systems, International Relations, Library and Information Science, Public Administration, Public Relations, and Radio/Television. Syracuse University is in the top 100 universities in the United States, with highly regarded programs in Interior Design, Business, Creative Writing, Fine Arts, Journalism, Social Work, and Law.

University College

English Language Institute
700 University Avenue,
Syracuse, New York 13244-2530