Warm greetings from the campus of Jacksonville State University!ELI Director Nick Cates

Are you looking for the best way to improve your English for university and career?

Consider the excellent instructional quality, location, and value of JSU's English Language Institute.

Excellent Instruction

Whether you join ELI On-Campus or ELI Online, our certified instructors use evidence-based techniques to lead students through a wide variety of activities, with the result that ELI students rapidly learn to understand, speak, read, and write American English at university level with confidence.

ELI was created in 2004 and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) and is a member of English USA: American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP). 

Excellent Value

All sessions are seven weeks:

  • ELI On-Campus costs $4,500 for one session (154 hours of instruction) and just $8,440 for 308 hours. This price includes university housing, a meal plan, all course materials, access to JSU events (cultural, entertainment, sports), weekly guided tours of nearby cities and attractions, and the many facilities (student center, library, gym, theater), services (academic, health, career), and organizations of Jacksonville State University.
  • ELI Online costs $1,800 for one session (84 hours of live instruction) or $3,600 for two sessions (168 hours of live instruction). This price includes tuition, all fees, and materials (digital textbooks).

Excellent Location

ELI is located on a beautiful university campus about 90 minutes from the cities of Birmingham and Atlanta.

As a full member of JSU's "Gamecock Family", you will have limitless opportunities to experience university student life—meeting people and expanding your English, academic, and cultural skills every day. See what our students say!

Are you ready to change your world?

Explore this website, take our free online placement test, visit our Facebook page, ask us questions... and when you apply, I and the teachers of ELI will look forward to meeting you!


Nick Cates

Nicholas Cates, M.A. TESL
Director of the English Language Institute
101 Stone Center, Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265 USA