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English Language Institute (ELI) [Tuscaloosa, Alabama]


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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The English Language Institute (ELI) http://international.ua.edu/eli/ established in 1982, provides professional English-language instruction as well as cultural and academic support to international students at the University of Alabama. The ELI consists of two program divisions: Internal and External Programs. The Division of Internal Programs provides an Intensive English Program for students on both academic and non-academic tracks, an International Teaching Assistant Program for the University of Alabama (UA) international graduate teaching assistants, and supplemental ESL instruction for both undergraduate and graduate UA students. The Division of External Programs provides a variety of specialized programs for groups of international graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, and professionals who wish to improve their own English language and/or teaching of the English language. The ELI is a proud member of UCIEP, a U.S. consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs known for its high professional standards and quality English language instruction.
    • DATA
    • Type : Public University
      Establishment : 1982
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP / CEA
      Enrollment : 75 - 130
      Average Class Size : 11
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Internet Access : Available On-Campus
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Available Weekly
      Location : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • Hello from Alabama!
      We are glad that you are visiting our profile on ApplyESL.com and that you are interested in the English Language Institute (ELI) at The University of Alabama (UA). Since 1982, we have been teaching English as a second language to individuals from all over the world, and we would be happy for you to come and study with us! At the ELI, we are committed to providing you with the best possible instruction and learning environment. Our teachers are experienced, professionally trained instructors in teaching English as a second language, and they are dedicated to providing you with excellent classroom instruction. The University of Alabama campus is one of the most beautiful in the country, and as you study in class, participate in activities, and interact in English every day with your teachers, classmates, and friends, you will find that your English skills will improve rapidly. Whether your goal in learning English is to enter an academic degree program at The University of Alabama or another university in the U.S., or whether you plan to return to your home country to work or study, our goal is to help you to meet your goals successfully. I invite you to fill out ApplyESL's online application and join us at the UA English Language Institute!
      Bill Wallace, Ed.D.
      Director, English Language Institute
      University of Alabama
    • University of Alabama
      English Language Institute (ELI)

      10 BB Corner Hall
      Tuscaloosa, Alabama  35487-0250  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (205) 348-7413
      FAX: +1 (205) 348-9266
      E-mail: info@eli.ua.edu
      Website: http://international.ua.edu/eli/
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • The ELI enrolls approximately 400 students per year from many different countries. Typically, the various regions of the world are represented as follows: Asia = 39%, Middle East = 38%, Latin America = 15%, Europe = 5%, Africa = 3%.
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • All ELI faculty members hold master’s degrees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) and have extensive teaching experience. Many of the faculty also have experience living and teaching in various countries around the world.
    • Housing
    • The ELI assists students with on campus apartments and University dormitories housing arrangements. Living on-campus is conveniently close to classes and campus activities. It is best to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. School may introduce private off-campus apartments, but students have to make necessary arrangements by themselves. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University of Alabama is located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, a city of 100,000 people. Tuscaloosa has a relatively warm climate with short winters and long summers. It is located close to major cities in the southeastern United States, such as Birmingham (1 hour by car), Atlanta (3 hours), Nashville (4 hours), and Memphis and New Orleans (4.5 hours).

      The state of Alabama is located in the southeastern portion of the United States and is bordered by the states of Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Florida. Because of its location, Alabama enjoys a relatively warm climate most of the year. Summer is hot, winter is mild, and spring and fall are warm and filled with colorful flowers and trees.
    • About the College/University
    • The University of Alabama, founded in 1831, is the oldest public university in the state of Alabama. It enrolls an average of 39,000 students who come from every state in the U.S. and from almost 78 around the world. International students make up approximately 3% of UA’s student population. The University of Alabama boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States and has excellent facilities to offer its students, including six libraries, nine computer labs, and a state-of-the-art student recreation center.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • ELI students may qualify to take UA undergraduate or graduate courses for credit while they are studying English. Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program. No TOEFL score is required.(Undergraduate programs and some graduate programs)
  • Courses
    • Intensive English Program

    • About This Course
    • Sessions are 8 weeks long and are offered 6 times per year, beginning in January, March, May, June, August, and October. Half sessions are also available (4 weeks long). The Intensive English Program includes 20-30 hours of classroom instruction per week as well as access to the ELI Study Center and the UA Language Resource Center. There are also opportunities for special cultural activities and travel.

      The ELI offers 6 levels of instruction: Level 1 (low beginning), Level 2 (high beginning), Level 3 (low intermediate), Level 4 (high intermediate), Level 5 (low advanced), and Level 6 (high advanced).

      Students in the ELI's Intensive English Program take four hours of "core courses" per day: Reading/Writing (2 hours/day), Speaking/Listing (1 hour/day), and Structure (1 hour/day). For these core courses, students are placed in the most appropriate level for each class, meaning that it is possible to be in a different level for each skill area. In addition to these core courses, a variety of optional courses are also offered each session. Students may enroll in these optional courses as they wish for a small extra charge. Optional courses which may be offered include: TOEFL Preparation, Pronunciation, Business English, English through Music, Current Events, American Culture, English through the Internet, and Web Page Design. "Culturally Speaking" is an optional conversation class in which ELI students meet with US students for informal conversation, primarily about cultural topics. The class meets for 2 hours per week. Culturally speaking is held during ELI Fall and Spring sessions only; it is offered during ELI Summer sessions.

      The average class size at the ELI is 11 students per class; maximum class size is 15.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 7 - 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 6, 8 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: F-1 Student Visa Required (I-20 Issued Upon Request)
      HOUSING: Dormitory / On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2018
      8 WEEKS:
      8/20 - 10/1110/16 - 12/13

    • Fees
      US$ 50
      TUITION FEE (2018)
      6,8 WEEKS US$ 2,052
      US$ 25
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 1425-2115 Session N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 30
      US$ 150 (Estimate)
      Medical Insurance
      US$ 215 -285
      University Student Fee
      US$ 384 - 516
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Meal plans available at an additional cost. Contact ELI office for more information.
      Half-sessions available at beginning of each full session.
      English + Business Program
  • Location
    • United States Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • Location
      University of Alabama
      English Language Institute (ELI)

      10 BB Corner Hall Tuscaloosa, Alabama  35487-0250  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM):
      School provides BHM airport pick-up service for US$ 30 that brings students directly to campus. It takes approximately 1 hour. Taxis are also available at the BHM airport. It will cost approximately US$ 120-140 and will arrive on campus in 1 hour. BHM Airport shuttle services (van) operates on a limited schedule and cost approximately US$ 65-85 (one way). Additionally, the campus is accessible by buses that run on a limited schedule. http://international.ua.edu/eli/faq/
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.3
      School Environment: 4.8
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.6
      Activities and Social Life: 4.2
      Accommodation: 3.2


    • There are 9 reviews for this school
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      [ Taipei, R.O.C, Age 33, Female ]  2015/1/24
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 臺北, 台灣, Age 25, Female ]  2009/3/8
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      在University of Alabama, ELI

      [ Taipei Country, taiwan, Age 24, Female ]  2009/3/7
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Alabama roll tide!!!
      除了語言上的進步之外, 更有機會認識到來自世界各地的朋友。
      透過住在學校宿舍, 更容易了解美式生活,

      [ 南投, 台灣, Age 30, Female ]  2009/3/5
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

      [ seoul, korea, Age 26, Female ]  2009/3/9
      10 of 11 people found the following review helpful.
      university of Alabama
      저는 2006년 4월~6월 학기만 다니고 서울에 급히 온 케이스예요.
      그당시 3월에 필라델피아에 있는 ESL 영어부설을 다녔는데 1달만 다니고 나머지 등록 학기는 환불받고 앨라바마로 넘어왔어요.
      3년전 이맘때쯤이었는데 그때 당시 한국인이 전체 학생 중 2,3명뿐이었던걸로 기억합니다. 비율은 당시 일본의 자매결연학교에서 대다수가 수업을 들으러 와서 일본인이 거의 5-60%였구요,나머지는 멕시칸 쪽의 히스패닉과 아랍 계통 학생들이 많았어요. 중국이나 한국, 유럽 학생들이 극히 드물었었어요.
      선생님들이 너무 친절하고 적극적으로 수업에 임하셔서 수업 질은 항상 만족했던걸로 기억합니다. 특히 학생당 blog를 개설해서 일주일에 3번씩 에세이를 쓰고 학생들과 리플을 달며 서로 글을 봐주고 담당 선생님도 문법이나 미국 생활에 대한 조언을 곁들여 줬던게 도움도 되고 재밌었어요.
      그리고 제일 맘에 들었던건 일주일에 2번씩 앨라바마대학교 현지학생들이 볼런티어로 수업에 참여해서 2시간씩 자유롭게 대화하는 시간이 있었는데요, 항상 비슷한 수준의 어학연수생들과 대화하다가 현지미국인들과 직접 대화할 수 있어서 영어수준이 어느정도 자리잡힐 수 있었던것 같아요. 또 운이 좋았는지 친해져서 함께 현지 대학생들 파티에도 참여하고 친하게 지냈어요~
      저는 기숙사 대신 바로 앞에 있는 일반 아파트에서 지냈는데요.
      아파트가 당시 가격으로 한달에 300불정도 내고 지냈습니다.
      다른 곳에 비해 2,3배 정도로 엄청 절약적이었어요.
      그럼 모두들 열심히 공부 하세요^^

      [ 神奈川県, 日本, Age 39, Female ]  2011/12/23
      7 of 10 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 神奈川県, 日本, Male ]  2009/3/16
      7 of 8 people found the following review helpful.

      Jesús Roberto Moctezuma
      [ México, Veracruz, Age 18, Male ]  2016/3/14
      9 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
      Muy Buena Institución el ELI
      Me gusta estudiar en el ELI (English Language Institute) con las clases de Inglés Intencibo e aprendido muchas palabras que yo no sabía cómo las contractions (contracciones) y Muchas cosas, es una muy buena institución el ELI

      Jose Hidalgo
      [ Sevilla, Spain, Age 32, Male ]  2009/3/9
      5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      English Language Institute
      Ambiente muy agradable, muy buenas instalaciones. Muchísimas actividades sociales, facilidades deportivas extraordinarias, sobre todo el REC Center. Lo recomiendo vivamente a todos los estudiantes internacionales. A ver si se animan a ir mas españoles! y Alabama es preciosa.
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