English + Business Program

English + Business students at Hyundai Manufacturing in Montgomery, Alabama
English + Business at Hyundai Manufacturing in Montgomery, Alabama

Learn about U.S. business concepts and practices while improving your English-language skills.

Program Highlights

  • Program offered by The University of Alabama English Language Institute and The Culverhouse College of Commerce
  • Graduate business school ranked in the top 50 public universities (U.S. News and World Report 2020)
  • Short-term program offered two times a year to accommodate working professionals
  • Certificate awarded upon completion of the program

Program Features

  • 45 hours of English instruction
  • 4 lectures by invited business professors
  • 1-2 visits to local corporations or businesses
  • Welcome reception
  • Certificate awarded upon completion

Program Dates and Cost

Program Dates Deadline to Apply Arrival Dates Departure Dates Cost
January 6 –
January 27, 2020
Four weeks
November 22, 2019* January 5, 2020 January 27, 2020 $3,175
January 6 –
February 27, 2020
Eight weeks
November 22, 2019* January 5, 2020 February 27, 2020 $5,625
August 17 –
September 11, 2020
Four weeks
July 10 2020* August 16, 2020 September 12, 2020 $3,175
August 17 –
October 8, 2020
Eight weeks
July 10 2020* August 16, 2020 October 8, 2020 $5,625

*Early applications are encouraged in order for students to have sufficient time to arrange for visas, flights, etc.

Cost Includes

  • Tuition and fees for English and business instruction
  • Corporate visits
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Required textbooks and materials
  • Medical insurance
  • Welcome reception
  • Airport transfers from and to Birmingham, Alabama (BHM) on designated arrival and departure dates

View the English+Business Flyer.

English + Business students at Cadence Bank
English + Business at Cadence Bank

Program Details

Intensive English (45+ hours of instruction):  Participants take English classes in Reading/Writing and Speaking/Listening courses. In addition, participants take a Business English class in conjunction with business lectures and workshops.

Each student’s proficiency in English and appropriate ELI level of instruction will be determined by means of the ELI Placement Exam, which is administered at the beginning of the program.  English instruction takes place during each weekday morning.

Business Lectures/Workshops (4 business lectures):  The UA Culverhouse College of Commerce as well as other University of Alabama colleges and departments offer a minimum of 4 business-related lectures. Lectures typically focus on different areas of business study related to the following general topics:

      • Economics
      • Risk Management
      • Finance
      • Accounting
      • Supply Chain
      • Operations Management
      • Business Communication
      • Trade between Alabama and the world

Lectures are scheduled in the afternoons one day per week. Each lecture is schedules for approximately 1.5 hours, including time for questions and answers.

Corporate Visits (1 – 2 visits): One of the corporate visits is typically to Mercedes-Benz US International, which is located in Tuscaloosa County. Other possible visits include Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama in Montgomery, Regions Bank (a Fortune 500 Company), Flower Foods, Cadence Bank, or other local corporations in the following fields:

      • Agriculture/aquiculture (e.g., catfish farming)
      • Banking
      • Electronics
      • Food
      • Hospitality
      • Medical/health care
      • Steel milling

Cultural Activities: A welcome reception for the participants is held at the beginning of the program in order to allow the students to meet and socialize with the English teachers, the business lecturers, and other program staff members.

At the closing ceremony, each participant receives a group photo, a certificate of participation, and a UA T-shirt.

Housing:  Program participants live in UA campus residence halls with roommates.  Depending on space availability, participants room either with each other or with other UA-ELI students.

Meals:  Participants may eat their meals in cafeterias located on the UA campus or in restaurants located within walking distance of the campus.

Access to Facilities and Events:  Participants will have full access to all facilities, resources, and events (academic, cultural, and sporting) at UA.

Visa Information

Participants will receive I-20 documents from The University of Alabama and will use these documents to obtain student (F-1) visas to the United States by applying through the local US embassy or consulate in their respective country.


Download a printable .pdf version of the English + Business Program Application.

For More Information

For more information, please contact the UA English Language Institute at info@eli.ua.edu or 205-348-7413.