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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. Today, the ELI provides language, academic, and intercultural instruction for international students and scholars and others who speak English as a second language; 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 international 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 virtual office is open Monday — Friday, 8:30 am to 5:00pm ET.

We respond to inquiries via email at or by phone at 734.764.2413.

Student in-person informational appointments are available Wednesdays 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and Thursdays 2:30-4:30. Email us at to make an appointment. 

Online Advising appointments can be scheduled HERE

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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