ELI English + Business Program

 

English + Business Program

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

English+Business Program students on a corporate visit

Program Dates and Costs

Program Dates Deadline to Apply Arrival Dates Departure Dates Cost
August 17 –
September 11, 2020
(4 weeks)
July 10 2020* August 16, 2020 September 12, 2020 $3,175
August 17 –
October 8, 2020
(8 weeks)
July 10 2020* August 16, 2020 October 8, 2020 $5,625
January 4 –
January 29, 2021
(4 weeks)
November 20, 2020* January 3, 2021 January 30, 2021 $3,295
January 4 –
February 25, 2021
(8 weeks)
November 20, 2020* January 3, 2021 February 26, 2021 $5,860
August 16 –
September 10, 2021
(4 weeks)
July 1, 2021* August 15, 20221 September 11, 2021 $3,370
August 16 –
October 7, 2021
(8 weeks)
July 1, 2021* August 15, 20221 October 8, 2021 $5,935

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

ELI English + Business Hyundai Tour

English+Business Program students on a tour of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing

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

Program Details

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.

TThe 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.

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

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.

In addition, the ELI holds various activities through the session that English+Business Program students can join.

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

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.

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

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.

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