Overview of Programs

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.

COVID 19 Updates

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 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.

Academic English

The main program at the ELI is our Academic English program. The majority of the students who study here are enrolled in this program and many of them go on to study a degree program at Syracuse University. The ELI serves a high percentage of conditionally admitted students.

Academic English

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programs

The ELI has also developed English for Specific Purposes (ESP) programs for students conditionally admitted to graduate programs at Syracuse University’s College of Law and School of Architecture.

English for Lawyers  English for Architecture  Executive English

Part-time Study Option

Dependents of students in the United States who are on F-2 visas have the option of studying part-time at the ELI. F-2 visa holders may choose to take one or two out of the three Academic English program classes at the ELI for a total of 6 – 15 hours per week. J-2 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 elimail@syr.edu explaining that they wish to study part-time

*Tuition for part-time students will be pro-rated based upon the number of class hours per week.