Summer 2021 Semester Updates

Due to international travel restrictions and the reduction in visa application services at US Embassies and Consulates, we will be serving our students by holding all ELI Summer 2021 courses online.

Please be assured that students studying online will continue to progress towards completion of their English language requirements.  Additionally, please note that new international students, arriving in the United States for the first time, will not be admitted to the United States if studying a fully online program.  If you are not currently in the United States, please plan on studying in your home country for the summer 2021 semester.

We are working closely with Syracuse University to monitor the novel (COVID-19) virus outbreak here on campus, domestically and abroad, and will communicate updates as we receive them. Please follow email and other communications from the university as we will continue to receive updates from Chancellor Syverud and other university officials and offices.

We are all challenged by the health emergency that has disrupted the lives of students, faculty and staff at our school, at Syracuse University, and across the world.

We at the English Language Institute will do everything possible to continue to offer a world class educational experience, during and after the upcoming online and in person semesters. We are challenged, but we have outstanding students, instructors, and staff, and we will persevere. When the immediate health emergency passes—and it will—we will continue to build the great community and school.

If you have any questions, please email

Apply to the ELI!

*If you are interested in the BPS 100 Course, please visit our BPS 100 Page to register for the course.

The ELI welcomes nonnative speakers of English who are at least 17 years of age and have completed their secondary education. Students must have some knowledge of basic English grammar and the ability to understand verbal instructions.

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Email address:
Mailing address:
English Language Institute
700 University Ave, Room #207
Syracuse, NY 13244

Application Deadlines

Summer Session I 2021 Deadline: Friday, April 30, 2021

We ask that you submit all documents and fees no later than 60 days before the program starts if you are not currently in the US. If you are currently studying in the US and would like to transfer to Syracuse, please have all documents and fees submitted no later than 30 days before the program starts.

Required Documents

  1. Copy of passport
  2. Proof of financing: Either A or B
    A. A bank statement or bank letter. If the bank account is in a name other than the student’s, the account holder must sign the application form under FINANCIAL SOURCE. The bank statement can be no more than 6 months old and must show at least $18,000 for a full semester or $8,500 for one summer session.
    B. A letter of sponsorship. A Financial Guarantee or Terms of Appointment from your sponsor (other than a family member).
  3. Academic transcript(s) from your most recent institution
  4. Statement written by you explaining your need to study English
  5. Fees
    1. $100 application fee (nonrefundable)
    2. $500 tuition deposit (nonrefundable)
    3. $50 express mail fee (to send your admission packet to your home country)
  6. A jpg headshot photo of you for your SUID card

Submit all documents with your completed application form by email, US mail, or express mail.

To make your payment to the ELI:

Visit FlyWire or Western Union to make your payment. You will need your SUID (Syracuse University ID number). All fees paid with your application are non-refundable.

Processing Time

Once all documents and fees have been received, your application will be processed within 5 business days (“business days” in the U.S are Monday through Friday).

Refund Policy

The remainder of tuition is due at least two weeks for the semester begins. For tuition refunds, students must cancel before the first day of class. Tuition deposits are non-refundable. Compelling medical or legal reasons may allow a partial tuition refund, up to 50 percent, within the first week of the program.