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 2017 marked the twenty-fourth year that these students were 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. The ELI hosted 107 Fulbright scholars over the past three summers.
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 2017.
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.
Part-time Study Option
Dependents of students in the United States who are on F2 visas have the option of studying part-time at the ELI. F2 visa holders may choose to take one or two out of the three core classes at the ELI for a total of 6 – 15 hours per week. J2 visa holders may choose to study part-time OR full-time in the ELI program, per US visa regulations. Interested students should apply through the online application and send a follow-up email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining that they wish to study part-time and which of the three classes they want to take.
*Tuition for part-time students will be pro-rated based upon the number of class hours per week.
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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.
The ELI provides instruction for professional business people and groups. Classes are arranged on a contract basis.
English for Architects
Summer 2018: June 18 – August 10
In this course students will be doing a research project in their field, as well as developing the critical reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills necessary for success at the graduate level, specifically in the context of research and studio-based architecture programs.
Summer 2018: July 2 – August 10
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 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.