ELI On-Campus

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Study English at an American university.

Prepare for undergraduate, graduate, or career success on the beautiful campus of Jacksonville State University.

ELI On-Campus Intensive English Program

Come to the friendly campus of Jacksonville State University, where the teachers of the English Language Institute (ELI) will guide you through 154 hours of advanced English instruction to prepare you for the requirements of university and career. Scientific research shows that such intensive "immersion" is a powerful way to learn a language (Tseng et al., 2021).

The program's courses emphasize the ability to express yourself effectively, so you can be confident that you will have the real-world skills to succeed:

Listening, Speaking & Critical Thinking

Upgrade your verbal skills, especially your ability to communicate effectively at college and in the workplace. 

Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking

Read, write, and research at a professional level. Think critically about what you are reading and writing, participate in discussions, and collaborate with other students on team projects. 

Public Speaking & Presentation

Become more confident organizing presentations and speaking to a live audience.

Advanced Pronunciation

Produce the sounds of professional English. We will work on your pronunciation, intonation ("melody"), stress patterns ("rhythm"), and other elements that fluent speakers use.

Simulated Course

Every session will feature a mini-course that simulates an actual university course, such as American Cinema, U.S. History, or Website Design. 

Conversation Partners

To practice the English that you're learning in the classroom, and to learn more about university and American culture, you will be matched with one or more JSU students with whom you will meet regularly under the guidance of an ELI teacher.

Also, if you're continuing to the JSU Undergraduate or Graduate program, your ELI Certificate of Successful Completion means that you won't need a TOEFL or IELTS score for admission. Just select "Conditional Admission" in your ELI application.


Each of the seven weeks provides 22 hours of instruction, for a total of 154 hours (308 hours for two sessions): 

Schedule - ELI On-Campus 2021

Note: Courses may also be available individually. Request information below.

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Improving your English takes time and effort, but it's more fun if you have interesting experiences to talk and write about. You can see for yourself at our Students' Stories page and at Facebook and Instagram!

On the JSU campus: We will explore the university's services and facilities, so you can learn how to use International Student Services, Tutoring and Academic Support, and the Health and Fitness Centers. We will also visit undergraduate classes to meet professors and students, and we will enjoy cultural, sports, and other university events every week.

Beyond the JSU campus: We will take trips to places like NASA's Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Lookout Mountain in Chattanooga, the World of Coca-Cola and CNN in Atlanta, and the beautiful Mt. Cheaha State Park, Little River Canyon, and Cathedral Caverns.

You can learn more about living and studying at JSU from this FAQ.  


There are two sessions. You may register for the first, the second, or both:

2023 dates coming soon!

Session Application Due* Orientation First Day Last Day
ELI On-Campus - Fall A TBA
ELI On-Campus - Fall B TBA
ELI On-Campus - Spring A TBA
ELI On-Campus - Spring B TBA
ELI On-Campus - Summer A TBA
ELI On-Campus - Summer B TBA

* If you need a student visa, you need enough time to receive one from the U.S. embassy in your country before you travel. Local students must apply by June 23.


Tuition and fees include all courses, all course materials, and all co-curricular activities (such as trips and campus events).

Expense One Session Two Sessions*
Tuition $1,950 $3,700
University Fees $510 $660
University Housing $1,200 $2,400
Meal Plan/Food $840 $1,680
$4,500 $8,440

Register for both sessions and save $200 on tuition.

Note: The prices above do not include required medical insurance (~$300 per session) or personal expenses (mobile phone, clothing, transportation). However, prices for these are lower in Alabama than in states such as California, Texas, and New York. 

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Before you apply, please note that the Intensive English Program is not intended for Beginners. In your application, you will be asked to state your highest score on one of the following English tests: 

Test Score
IELTS 4.0+
TOEFL Paper 420+
Duolingo 70+
PTE Academic 38+
iTEP 2.4+
iTEP 2.4+
GSE 30+
VEPT 35+

If you have not recently taken one of these tests, you can take our free ELI Placement Test. After we respond with your score and recommendations, you can complete your application.

When you are ready to apply to the ELI On-Campus program, click the link below:

Apply to ELI On-Campus

Immediately after you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to send scanned copies of passport and financial information so that the university's International Admissions office can prepare your student visa documents. 

Then, after your student visa is approved, you will receive an email with housing, meal plan, airport pickup, and other important information. 

The teachers at the English Language Institute look forward to serving you in sunny Jacksonville, Alabama!

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