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Intensive English Program

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The program features 6 levels of study, from beginning to advanced. Students take 20-24 hours of class per week with professional, experienced teachers. There are 6 sessions per year lasting 8 or 6 weeks, Costs are comparable or often lower than those of other intensive English programs in the US.

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Our Programs

The UA English Language Institute, established in 1982, offers a year-round, 6-level Intensive English Program for students from around the world.

The ELI also conducts several other programs to support the University of Alabama’s English instruction needs, in addition to customized programs for groups around the world that have specialized needs such as business English or teacher training.

Professional standards of the highest quality are extremely important to the ELI, whose Intensive English Program is accredited by CEA (Commission on English Language Program Accreditation) and which is a member of UCIEP (University & College Intensive English Programs) and EnglishUSA.

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Pathway to UA

The Pathway to UA program is designed for degree-seeking students who need a higher level of English proficiency.

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About the ELI

Read about our mission, accreditation, the UA campus accomodations, and our faculty and staff,

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Find brief answers to a variety of frequently asked questions about the ELI's Intensive English Program.

Contact Us

Mailing Address

The English Language Institute
Box 870250, 101 BB Comer
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0250

Physical Address

The University of Alabama
400 McCorvey Drive
101 BB Comer
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487