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 the best way to master a language (Tseng et al., 2021).

ELI'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. 

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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, Biology, 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.

Note: 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. If you are not continuing to JSU, you will still be in a good position to get the TOEFL/IELTS/etc. score that you need.


Each of the seven weeks provides 22 hours of in-person 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.  


Select the session you wish to start:

Session Application Due* Orientation First Day Last Day
ELI On-Campus - Fall A June 16, 2022 August 12, 2022 August 15, 2022 September 30, 2022
ELI On-Campus - Fall B August 31, 2022 September 30, 2022 October 3, 2022 November 18, 2022
ELI On-Campus - Spring A November 10, 2022 January 6, 2023 January 9, 2023 February 23, 2023
ELI On-Campus - Spring B January 5, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 6, 2023 April 28, 2023
ELI On-Campus - Summer A March 16, 2023 May 12, 2023 May 15, 2023 June 30, 2023
ELI On-Campus - Summer B May 4, 2023 June 30, 2023 July 3, 2023 August 18, 2023

* If you need a Student Visa, you need enough time to receive one from the U.S. embassy in your country before you travel. All students must be present for Orientation.


Tuition and fees include all courses, all materials (books), and all co-curricular activities (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+
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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The English Language Institute at Jacksonville State University is a proud member of EnglishUSA: The American Association of Intensive English Programs.