Local Students and Visitors

Welcome to the English Language Institute!

Are you living in or visiting the Tuscaloosa area?

You can take one or two English courses at The University of Alabama English Language Institute (ELI).

There are classes in Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening and Grammar, beginning to advanced (6 levels). See the class times, prices and dates below.

It is simple and easy to apply to the ELI.

We have a variety of students including college-aged students and older students who have careers or families.

ELI Reading and Writing Class

ELI Classroom

You can visit or contact the ELI office with any questions you have. We are happy to help.

How can I apply?

You can come to the office and complete an application form. Bring your passport when you come. (You must be 17 or older to apply.)

The office is on the University of Alabama (UA) campus at 101 B.B. Comer Hall, located near the Ferguson Student Center. You can park in the Ferguson Center Parking Deck, 800 Campus Drive East.  You can visit the UA Campus Map webpage to see the location of the parking deck and B.B. Comer Hall.

If you cannot come to campus, you can complete an online application form. You need to provide a copy  of your passport ID page. You do not need to include financial documents.

What happens next?

  1. When you apply, you will pay an application fee of $50.
  2. We will process your application and collect a $250 tuition deposit. The $250 is applied to the cost of the class(es) you take.
  3. We will give you some English tests on the testing day of the next session.
  4. You will register for classes.
  5. You will start classes and begin to improve your English!

Course Schedule

Summer

Speaking/Listening: Monday – Friday, 9:00 – 10:20 am

Reading/Writing: Monday – Friday, 10:35 – 12:45 pm

Structure (Grammar): Monday – Thursday, 1:45 – 3:15 pm

Fall and Spring

Reading/Writing: Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00 – 10:50; Tuesday, Thursday 9:30 – 10:45 am

Speaking/Listening: Monday – Friday, 11:00 – 12:00 (noon)

Structure (Grammar): Monday, Wednesday 1:00 – 1:50; Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 – 2:15 pm

Course Pricing

Summer

Speaking/Listening

  • Half Session (3 weeks) $382
  • Full Session (6 weeks) $651

Reading/Writing

  • Half Session (3 weeks) $764
  • Full Session (6 weeks) $1,301

Structure (Grammar)

  • Half Session (3 weeks) $382
  • Full Session (6 weeks) $651

Fall and Spring

Reading/Writing

  • Half Session (4 weeks) $794
  • Full Session (8 weeks) $1,368

Speaking/Listening

  • Half Session (4 weeks) $397
  • Full Session (8 weeks) $684

Structure (Grammar)

  • Half Session (4 weeks) $397
  • Full Session (8 weeks) $684

Session Dates

  • June 17 – July 29, 2021
  • August 15 – October 7, 2021
  • October 12 – December 9, 2021
  • January 6 – March 1, 2022
  • March 3 – May 3, 2022
  • May 9 – June 20, 2022
  • June 23 – August 4, 2022
  • August 15 – October 6, 2022
  • October 11 – December 8, 2022

Contact Information

Please contact the ELI office if you have any questions.

B.B. Comer Hall in fall

B.B. Comer Hall is next to the Student Services Building, across from the Ferguson Student Center.