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About Us

The English Language Institute was established in 1941 as the first university-based English language research and teaching program of its kind in the United States. The ELI is an independent unit of the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts which provides language, academic, and intercultural support to members of the University of Michigan community.

The core of our offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing English for Academic Purposes courses for international graduate students. We also offer a comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs), ESL/EFL teacher education courses for undergraduates interested in teaching English in local communities or abroad, and full-time summer intensive programs for students who have been accepted into degree programs at the University of Michigan or other US institutions of higher education.

Additional ELI support services include writing and speaking clinics which provide international graduate students and GSIs with one-on-one language and academic support; courses for visiting scholars, researchers, faculty, staff, and post-docs; and a volunteer Conversation Circles program which provides opportunities for international students to practice speaking English in an informal setting and for domestic U-M students to learn about other cultures.

Counseling and Advising

If you are a U-M graduate student and would like more information, please call 734.764.2413 or email to make an appointment with an ELI faculty member for an individualized counseling session which includes feedback on your language proficiency and advice on which ELI courses might best meet your needs.

Office Hours

The ELI office is open Monday — Friday, 8am to 5pm.

Maps and Directions

The English Language Institute is located at this address:

555 S. Forest Ave.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2584

The ELI is located on the University of Michigan Central Campus. For directions on how to get to Central Campus (and where to park once you arrive):