Syracuse University’s English Language Institute (ELI) is a high-quality program which serves adults with diverse goals who wish to study English as a second language. Students include those seeking undergraduate or graduate degrees in the U.S., business professionals, and those simply interested in increasing their English proficiency.


The ELI accommodates a range of special English language development programs during the year.

Undergraduate students from Tokai University (a Japanese university) enroll in our program for most of the academic year as a study abroad experience. Fall 2016 marks the twenty-third year that these students are welcomed to the ELI. Immersion is complete as students opt to live on campus with American roommates helping to strengthen their English speaking skills and provide them with the full American academic experience.

Fulbright scholars are also welcomed each year to the ELI, one of the selected schools eligible to receive students through the Institute of International Education. These accomplished academics come to the ELI to enhance their proficiency in academic English and to adjust to US norms prior to starting their Master’s or Ph.D. programs at American universities. During the summer of 2015, the ELI began the first of three years hosting the English for Graduate Studies program for Fulbright scholars. July 2016 marked the arrival of 37 new Fulbright scholars in the English for Graduate Studies Pre-Academic Program. The ELI is planning for the next group of scholars to arrive in 2017.

Also in Summer 2015, the ELI was happy to be the host site for the pilot program of EducationUSA Academy. In conjunction with Summer College, the ELI hosted a group of international high school students who studied English amidst attending workshops and visiting local colleges and universities. The program continued in 2016 and is currently preparing for the 2017 program.

Most recently, the ELI has been happy to welcome students from the Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program, the Mexico Proyecta 100 MIL, and graduate students sponsored by the Turkish Cultural Attaché.


Click on the program below that interests you. You will find date and fee information on these pages as well.

Academic English

Students who want to succeed in an academic program benefit greatly from ELI courses, offered from beginning through advanced. Courses include reading comprehension, academic writing, grammar, listening comprehension, and oral production.

Academic English
Program Overview

Executive English

The ELI provides instruction for professional business people and groups. Classes are arranged on a contract basis.

Executive English
Program Overview

Legal English

The Legal English course is designed primarily for lawyers who are nonnative speakers of English attending the College of Law’s LL.M. program. Students attending other LL.M. programs or with an interest in legal studies are welcome.

Legal English
Program Overview

Legal English Online

Two online courses for working legal practitioners and prospective LL.M students. The two courses may be taken in any sequence or together, and serve as an introduction to basic legal English language skills. This self-paced exceptional learning experience provides ideal preparation for the intensive Legal English study required before entering law school in the U.S.

 

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