Apply to the ELI!

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.

Apply online!

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

Application Deadlines

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 $18,900 for a full semester or $9,500 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)

Submit all documents with your completed application form. 

Please note: The ELI charges a $100 testing fee for students who miss the placement exam, have not yet applied to the program or or request subsequent placement exams.

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.