ELI On-Campus

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Are you planning to study at an American university?

Prepare for academic success on the 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 will guide you through 140 hours of live instruction to prepare you for the language and academic requirements of university study. 

And after you receive your Certificate of Successful Completion, you can enter JSU with no TOEFL or IELTS score required. Just select "Conditional Admission" in your application.

The program's courses emphasize communicative proficiency—the ability to express yourself effectivelyso you can be confident that you will have the real-world skills to succeed:

Listening, Speaking & Critical Thinking

In this course, you will work on your verbal skills, especially your ability to communicate effectively at university. 

Reading, Writing & Critical Thinking

Learn to read, write, and research at the university level, including thinking critically about what you are reading and writing, participating in discussions, and collaborating with other students on team projects. 

Public Speaking & Presentation

Become confident organizing presentations and speaking to a live audience. This course will require some preparation outside of class.

Advanced Pronunciation

Advanced practice listening for and producing the sounds of professional English, including pronunciation, intonation ("melody"), stress patterns ("rhythm"), and other elements that fluent speakers use.

Simulated Course

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

Conversation Partners

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


Each of the seven weeks provides 22 hours of live instruction, for a total of 154 hours. There is no better way to learn a language.

Schedule - ELI On-Campus 2021

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


While you are studying on the university campus in Jacksonville, in addition to studying in the courses above, you will also learn how to use university services and facilities (such as the library and fitness center), observe JSU undergraduate classes, meet JSU professors and students, and enjoy cultural, sports, and other university events under the guidance of an ELI teacher.

And beyond the JSU campus your teachers will lead trips to nearby attractions such as NASA's Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, the Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, and the beautiful Mt. Cheaha State Park, Little River Canyon, and Cathedral Caverns. 

Studying English is hard work, but it's more fun if you have interesting experiences to talk and write about. See for yourself at the ELI Facebook page and our Students' Stories page!

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. If you wish to register for both sessions and you will need a student visa, apply by March 15.


Application due *


First Day

Last Day

ELI On-Campus - Summer A March 7, 2022 May 6, 2022 May 9, 2022 June 24, 2022
ELI On-Campus - Summer B April 15, 2022 June 24, 2022 June 27, 2022 August 12, 2022

* For international applicants who require student a visa.


Tuition and fees include all courses, events, and activities described above.


One Session

Both sessions *

Tuition $1,950 $3,700
Fees $510 $660
Dormitory housing $1,000 $2,000
Meal plan $840 $1,680
$4,300 $8,040

Register for both sessions and save $200 on tuition.

Note: The prices above do not include books (~$35 per session), required medical insurance (~$300 per session), or personal expenses. Note also that housing and meal costs are estimates, and that the University reserves the right to change prices without notice.


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 *

Min. Score

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

If you have not yet taken one of these tests, please use the "Request Information" form below to request a free, online placement test.

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

Apply to ELI On-Campus Intensive English Program

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 immigration documents.

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

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