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English Language Institute (ELI)

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Registration Now Open! Winter Course for International Scholars, Researchers, Faculty, Staff, and Post-Docs

VS 502: Academic Communications Seminar Learn the basics of academic presentation and discussions. Explore the style and organization of research writing. Improve your English fluency in academic, professional, and social settings.

ELI 75th Anniversary Celebration

ELI celebrated its founding in 1941 as the very first university-based intensive English program in North America with a daylong colloquium in the Rackham Amphitheater on October 28, 2016.

Welcome to ELI

The English Language Institute provides a full range of English for Academic Purposes courses and other types of language and academic support for international graduate students, scholars, researchers, staff, and post-docs at the University of Michigan. We also offer language and pedagogy courses for current and prospective international GSIs and ESL/EFL teacher-training courses for graduates and undergraduates interested in teaching English in local communities or abroad.


Language Clinics

The English Language Institute offers several Language Clinics which provide international graduate students, GSIs, scholars, faculty, and staff with one-on-one language and academic support. Clinics are staffed by ELI lecturers or by GSIs working under close supervision of experienced faculty. 


Resources for International Scholars, Researchers, Faculty, Staff, and Post-Docs

The ELI offers non-credit courses and other resources to help international Scholars, Researchers, Faculty, Staff and Post-Docs increase their confidence using English and thus maximize their professional contributions during their stay at the University of Michigan and beyond. 


Counseling and Advising

ELI faculty counselors are available to provide U-M graduate students with feedback on their language needs and guidance on ELI courses and other resources.If you are a current student, you can sign up for an appointment via the ELI Advising Ctools Site or call 734-764-2413 or email for more information.



We strive to support our students and faculty on the frontlines of learning and research; to steward our planet, our community, our campus. To do this, the English Language Institute needs you—because the world needs Victors.