A member of the ELI staff will pick you up at the Atlanta or Birmingham airports when you arrive. Arrangements for this service must be made at least one week in advance. The cost for this service is $85 per trip, per student.
Upon your arrival, our staff will assist you in settling into your dorm room, shopping for necessities, setting up your bank account, touring the campus, and preparing you for classes. Through our Big Brother/Big Sister Program, we'll pair you with a JSU student who will also help as you adjust to life in the United States.
The Institute occasionally (two or three times per session) offers field trips for its students. These trips are most often day outings, but may include one or two overnight trips per year. These trips are optional. Some possible trips might be to an Atlanta Braves baseball game, a beach or the mountains, local lakes, Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park or, shopping malls in Atlanta, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Georgia Aquarium, an Atlanta Hawks basketball game, and Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. The costs of the trips will vary depending on location, tickets, food, and type of event. Some trips will include tickets and/or food, while others may include only transportation.
The ELI staff will sometimes take our students for meals at local restaurants. The transportation for these meals is provided by the Institute. Sometimes the ELI will pay for the food, but students are usually obligated to pay for their own meals.
Wal-Mart Shopping Shuttle
The ELI offers a weekly shuttle service to the local Wal-Mart discount store for shopping. This is an important service for those students who do not have cars.
Conversation Partner Program
This program allows you to meet to practice English with a native-speaking student. This program is very popular because it gives ELI students a chance to get to know JSU students, and to make friends while practicing what they learn in English classes.
The ELI provides on-site tutoring from our instructors (in addition to their office hours) for at least one hour Monday through Thursday. You may ask for extra help and get individual assistance from the tutors to help you with specific skills and assignments. This service is offered to all students free of charge.
Assistance in Transition to Regular Academic Programs
The Institute provides individual guidance to students wanting assistance in the transition to graduate or undergraduate programs. Part of this assistance is advising on the selection of a major, and taking the various standardized tests necessary for admittance to different programs. Among these standardized tests are the SAT, GMAT, and GRE. This is a free service.
We have an open-door policy with staff available to help you with any questions or concerns that might arise.