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About Us

The English Language Institute (ELI) was established in 1941 as the first university-based Intensive English Program  in the United States and the first language research and teaching program of its kind. Today, the ELI provides language, academic, and intercultural instruction for international graduate students and scholars; language and pedagogy courses for international Graduate Student Instructors; and ESL/EFL teacher preparation courses for undergraduates.

The core of ELI's English for Academic Purposes offerings consists of a full range of credit-bearing courses for graduate students and academic English courses and resources for undergraduate students. We also offer a comprehensive program of language and pedagogy courses for prospective and current graduate student instructors (GSIs), full-time summer intensive programs, and a unique pre-arrival academic acculturation course for new international graduate students at the University of Michigan.

ELI also offers ESL/EFL teacher education courses for undergraduates interested in teaching English in local communities or abroad which are built around a strong emphasis on service learning and mindful, culturally-humble community engagement. 

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. ELI's volunteer Conversation Circles program was started more than thirty years ago to promote intercultural exchange and to provide international students and scholars at U-M with opportunities to practice English in an informal, casual setting.

Office Hours

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

Maps and Directions

The English Language Institute is located at this address:

Suite 900

500 Church Street

Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1042


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):

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