A member of the ELI staff will pick you up at the Atlanta or Birmingham airport 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, the ELI staff will assist you in settling into your university apartment or dorm room, shopping for necessities, setting up your bank account, touring the campus, and preparing you for classes.
The Institute offers two or three field trips per session for its students. Some possible trips might be to an Atlanta Braves baseball game, Six Flags Over Georgia Amusement Park, shopping malls in Atlanta, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Georgia Aquarium, an Atlanta Hawks basketball game, or Stone Mountain Park in Georgia. Some trips will include tickets and/or food.
The ELI staff will sometimes take students for meals at local restaurants. The transportation for these meals is provided by the Institute. Students are usually obligated to pay for their own meals.
Walmart Shopping Shuttle
The ELI offers a weekly shuttle service to the local Walmart discount store for shopping. This is an important service for those students who do not have cars.
Conversation Partner Program
This program allows opportunities for students 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.
For students needing extra academic assistance, the ELI can provide on-site tutoring for students at a reasonable cost.
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 includes advisement on the selection of a major and arrangements for taking the various standardized tests necessary for admittance to different programs. Among these standardized tests are the GRE, GMAT and LSAT. This is a free service.
The English Language Institute has an open-door policy with staff available to help you with any questions or concerns that might arise.