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University of Delaware (UD)

English Language Institute (ELI) [Newark, Delaware]


  • Private tutoring available to all full- time ELI students free-of-charge
  • Consistently ranked among the top ESL programs in the United States
  • Newark's safe and exciting location – enjoy historic museums, tax-free shopping and visit the nearby cities of Philadelphia or Baltimore
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Established in 1979, the English Language Institute (ELI) provides linguistic, academic, and cultural support for the University of Delaware's foreign students, scholars, and professionals. The ELI's services include English language instruction, language testing, cultural orientation, and foreign student advisement. Course offerings include Intensive English, English for Academic Purposes, Business English, Legal English, Study Tours, American Culture, and Teacher Training. One of the ELI's principle objectives is to promote and celebrate cultural diversity both on campus and in the community. 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 : 1979
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 200 - 250
      Average Class Size : 10 - 14
      Student Adviser : Available
      Airport Pickup : Available
      Internet Access : On-Campus
      Tuition : High
      Activities : Weekly
      Location : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, Train
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to the University of Delaware!
      As Director of the English Language Institute (ELI), I invite you to learn more about our program through our profile on ApplyESL.com. At the ELI, our mission is to meet or exceed our students' expectations for developing their language, academic, or professional skills. For over 25 years, the ELI has been known for its outstanding teaching and student services, as well as our unique private tutoring program. We serve our diverse clients by offering many specialized programs, including: English for Academic Purposes, Business English, PreMBA, PreLaw, Teacher Training, and special courses designed for groups with unique needs. Many ELI students take advantage of our conditional admissions program to continue their studies in University of Delaware degree programs. We are located in the safe and friendly town of Newark, a charmingly beautiful community just one hour from Philadelphia and two hours from New York City, Washington, D.C., the Atlantic Ocean beaches, and ski resorts. Please contact us with any of your questions. On behalf of everyone here at the ELI, we look forward to meeting you!
      Dr. Scott Stevens
      Director, English Language Institute (ELI)
      University of Delaware
    • University of Delaware (UD)
      English Language Institute (ELI)

      189 West Main Street
      Newark, Delaware  19716-2588  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (302) 831-2674
      FAX: +1 (302) 831-6765
      E-mail: ud-eli@udel.edu
      Website: http://sites.udel.edu/eli/apply/iep/
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • Each year, more than 1,000 students from 90 different countries around the world come to the ELI to study English because of its well-established international reputation. Recently, the majority of students have come to the ELI from Asia (51%), South America (25%), the Middle East (10%), Europe (6%), the South Pacific Rim (5%), Africa (2%), and North America (1%).
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • ELI classroom instructors are University of Delaware faculty members. All ELI instructors hold master's degrees in English as a Second Language or Applied Linguistics, and have extensive training and experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) both in the United States and abroad. Additionally, ELI instructors have authored textbooks for English learners and regularly participate in workshops and training sessions.
    • Housing
    • While most ELI students live in on-campus dormitories, homestays with American families are also available. Homestays are a good option for students who want to experience American culture as a member of a family and practice their English. Students are encouraged to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Check the Course Data Page to make sure your desired housing option is available for the course to which you will apply. The ELI office may introduce private off-campus apartments, however it is the students' responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University of Delaware campus is located in Newark, Delaware, a safe and quiet college town with a charming atmosphere and home to 30,000 friendly residents. The University campus sits adjacent to Main Street, the heart of Newark's commercial and community life, complete with quaint shops, food markets, restaurants, and theaters. The area surrounding Newark is rich in American history and culture; local attractions provide visitors with a realistic sense of American life from the Colonial period to the present. Students and residents alike enjoy year-round outdoor activities with the Atlantic Ocean and its countless shore resorts as well as the ski slopes of the Pocono Mountains only two hours from campus. The Newark community enjoys a low cost of living combined with easy access to the exciting cities of Philadelphia and Baltimore, both an hour's drive or train ride away, and New York City, Atlantic City, and Washington, D.C., all located 2 hours from the University campus.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1743, the University of Delaware (UD) is an internationally-recognized institution of higher learning and is one of the oldest universities in the United States. Operating as a state-assisted, privately governed institution, the University's beautiful campus, complete with classic Georgian architecture and elegant elm trees, is home to more than 16,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students, including over 1,000 international students from 100 different countries. The University offers its students Bachelor of Arts and Science degrees in over 100 areas of academic specialization, Master's degrees in 60 areas and Doctorates in 40 areas. Recently ranked 22nd among the nation's public universities by the U.S. News and World Report, the University of Delaware's Engineering, Education, Science, Computer Science, Business, and Marine Studies departments are among the top programs in the country. The University of Delaware is a fully accredited institution on both a regional and national level in each academic major.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Level VI English for Academic Purposes can be applied for credit at the University of Delaware. Students in Levels IV-VI may enroll part-time in University of Delaware credit courses. 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) For more information about the Conditional Admissions Program (CAP) go to sites.udel.edu/eli/programs/cap/

  • Courses
    • Full Intensive English Program

    • About This Course
    • The Full Intensive English Program offers six 8-week sessions throughout the academic year. Students enrolled in the Program receive 30 hours of classroom, tutoring and language laboratory instruction per week.

      The Program offers 6 levels of English classes, from beginning to advanced. Upon students' arrival, they are required to take an English proficiency test to help determine the level best-suited to their ability. At the end of each session, students who have completed their studies and met all course requirements are awarded a certificate of achievement.

      Students who place in Levels I, II, or III develop basic English language skills: listening, speaking, pronunciation, oral and written grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing. In Levels IV, V, and VI, students may select courses from among four tracks of English for Specific Purposes courses: General English, English for Academic Purposes, Business English, and English through American Culture. Although the content changes among the four tracks of study, language objectives remain constant. Institutional TOEFL and TOEFL preparation classes are also available for those students who wish to continue their studies at the university level.

      The ELI is famous for its individualized tutoring sessions that are free-of-charge to all students enrolled in the Full Intensive Program. Students may choose to receive either two hours of private tutoring or three hours of cluster tutoring (1 private hour and 2 hours in small group work). Students are tutored by trained ESL specialists and receive personal attention.

      Outside of the classroom, ELI students are given the opportunity to be matched with American undergraduate students attending the University of Delaware to practice their English conversational skills. The language partner program allows ELI students to develop a richer understanding of American culture.

      Class sizes average from 10 to 14 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 - 14 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8, 16, 24, 32, 40 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: F-1 Student Visa Required (I-20 Issued Upon Request)
      HOUSING: Dormitory or On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2019
      7 WEEKS:
      5/2 - 6/21
      Apply by 4/2
      6/27 - 8/16
      Apply by 5/28

      8 WEEKS:
      2/28 - 4/26
      Apply by 1/28
      8/22 - 10/18
      Apply by 7/22
      10/24 - 12/20
      Apply by 9/24

    • Fees
      US$ 0 (Waived by ELI)
      TUITION FEE (2019)
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,152
      16 WEEKS US$ 5,936
      24 WEEKS US$ 9,456
      32 WEEKS US$ 12,608
      40 WEEKS US$ 15,760
      US$ 250 (Homestay ONLY)
      8 WEEKS US$ 1,280 US$ 1,040 - 2,000 N/A
      16 WEEKS US$ 2,560 US$ 2,080 - 4,000 N/A
      24 WEEKS US$ 3,840 US$ 3,120 - 6,000 N/A
      32 WEEKS US$ 5,120 US$ 4,160 - 8,000 N/A
      40 WEEKS US$ 6,400 US$ 5,200 - 10,000 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 50 - 90
      Health Insurance
      US$ 295 Per Session (8 Weeks)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing Fees do not include meals.
      *Note: Application deadlines are normally one month prior to the beginning of the next session unless ELI reaches full enrollment before the deadline. Please apply as soon as possible in order to have the best chance of attending the ELI during the session of your choice.
  • Location
    • United States Newark, Delaware
    • Location
      University of Delaware (UD)
      English Language Institute (ELI)

      189 West Main Street Newark, Delaware  19716-2588  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Philadelphia International Airport:
      School provides airport pick-up service for US$45 that brings students directly to campus. It takes approximately 40 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$75 and will arrive on campus in 40 minutes. Additionally, the campus is accessible by buses that run on a limited schedule.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.5
      School Environment: 4.4
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.3
      Activities and Social Life: 4.2
      Accommodation: 4.0


    • There are 38 reviews for this school

    • Jessie
      [ Chongqing, China, Age 18, Female ]  2015/8/12
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      About Classrooms and Tutoring
      At ELI, I have been able to manage my classes and also get tutoring from the staff. The tutoring is very helpful and goes well with my classes. I always feel busy and have been learning a lot at ELI.
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      Joana Aguiar
      [ Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Female ]  2015/7/24
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Small classes super helpful!
      What I most like about living in America is living in a small city like Newark and about the classes is that we have small classes which are super helpful with the learning of English.
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      Andres Home
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Male ]  2015/7/24
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Thank you, Dr. Stevens!
      These 6 months for me were an amazing experience to learn about different cultures, make friends, see new and exciting places and also to learn English. Even though sometimes any experience in our life has good and bad moments, the important thing is what we learned from this opportunity that life gave to us. Thank you very much Dr. Stevens, because of this opportunity, I´m a new human being with new objectives, goals and a capacity to see the world as a mixture of different cultures, where the most important thing is listen and open the mind to every new thing that every person has to tell us. In this exercise you can find the most extraordinary wisdom. Any experience that I received from you was for me a blessing.
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      Abdullah Alahmad
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]  2015/7/24
      0 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      I Wish I Could Go Back
      Since I graduated from the ELI, there has not been a period where I didn’t wish I could go back to my ELI life. The joy I had with my international friends, my ELI teachers, and local Delawareans, everything was simple back then…I have faced so many international students who have been struggling at American universities due to the lack of English skills. So, whenever I get asked how my English is better than my fellow internationals, I always refer to the ELI.
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      Marcelo Netto
      [ Bragança Paulista, Brazil, Age 47, Male ]  2014/5/11
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Well-prepared teachers!
      ELI is an efficient school, with well-prepared teachers and the most updated tools to learn English. I knew students that arrived there speaking nothing in English and after 8 months were fluent. Being inside the University of Delaware gives an authentic idea of an American University.
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      [ Taiwan, Taiwan, Age 20, Female ]  2011/8/12
      45 of 55 people found the following review helpful.
      Great School!
      ELI is a wonderful place! I love it and I will miss it!
      Teachers are always so helpful and classmates are so friendly ! I had a great summer at ELI!
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      [ Hsinchu, Taiwan, Age 27, Female ]  2009/3/7
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      I love Delaware!
      I love Delaware!
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      [ 서울, 대한민국, Age 21, Female ]  2009/3/6
      5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      My Great Life in UD
      I didn't expect very much at first, but I met great friends, staff and teachers. I liked them very much and the curriculum was really nice. I had improved English a lot. I had the most fun at UD. I am Delaware man!
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      [ Chanwon, South Korea, Age 23, Male ]  2009/3/6
      3 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Evaluation of ELI Programme
      This is a student who finished ELI English program in 2008. First of all, it is very good to learn English because students can have lots of classmates from foreign countries. Even though it was a little hard to speak high-advanced English with classmates because they came to study English just like me, it gave me a great brave heart to speak English fluently.

      Second, teachers and tutors are very kind. They were able to give me correct answers whenever I asked them about English and anything. Especially, I would like to thank Barbara Jillet, Janet Yorder, Grant Wolf and everybody who taught me in very well-organized classes.
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      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Barinas, Venezuela, Age 21, Female ]  2009/3/5
      Highly Recommended!
      ELI is a great language program! It combines great teaching techiques and a fun academic environment along with a great staff and high-tech classrooms. The levels and courses are designed to fulfill the different needs of the students and provide specific English vocabulary for different areas of interest (Business, academic and others). I totally recommend it!
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      Ma Li
      [ Shiyan, China, Age 33, Female ]  2009/3/5
      4 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      Great Bridge of English
      I found it is really helpful to study at the University of Delaware during the first two months. What impressed me is the teaching methods here at ELI which helped me improve my reading skills and intonation. This was a great bridge for me to master English.
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      [ Abha, Saudi Arabia, Age 25, Male ]  2018/6/18

      Estudiante Anterior
      [ CALI, COLOMBIA, Age 43, Male ]  2016/3/14

      A Former Student
      [ Riyahd, Saudi Arabia, Age 20, Male ]  2013/12/20

      [ Goiania, Brazil, Age 38, Male ]  2013/10/6

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 28, Female ]  2010/4/14

      A Former Student
      [ Aldammam, Saudi Arabia, Age 21, Male ]  2017/4/20

      Salman ALMODHISH
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Age 21, Male ]  2017/4/20

      Saad Alzamil
      [ DE, Newark, Age 22, Male ]  2016/5/25

      A Former Student
      [ Tabuk, Saudi Arabia, Age 24, Female ]  2014/8/21

    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
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      [ 台中, 台灣, Age 30, Female ]  2016/3/14
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      University of Delaware ELI課程


      [ 广东, 中国, Age 17, Female ]  2009/5/19
      9 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
      在University of Delaware, English Language Institute学习感受
      我在ELI(English Language Institute)上了五个多月的课,觉得还不错。老师和那里的职员都很热情,很耐心。天天和不同国家的、年龄也不同的学生一起上课,用英语交流。一天上两节课,每节课100分钟,每周有两天有一对一辅导。ELI一共分六个级别,相对来说普通班的课程会简单一些,也比较轻松。五级和六级分别有学术针对性比较强的课程(EAP),我现在在五级的EAP上课,虽然强度比普通课程要大很多,但是其实蛮有用的。如果要上University of Delaware,就一定要过了六级的EAP课程。

      [ 台北, 台灣, Age 20, Female ]  2009/3/19
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 高雄, 台灣, Age 28, Female ]  2009/3/9
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.

      YUFU KUO
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 27, Male ]  2009/3/8
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 30, Male ]  2009/3/5
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      University of Delaware

      [ newark, America, Age 20, Female ]  2009/3/8
      8 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
      미국 처음 가기전에 많은 학교들을 비교비교 해서 고른 학교인데요, 갔을때, 중소도시라서 많고 높은 건물들이 많을 거라 생각했는데 건물은 높아봤자 3층이고 거의다 1층건물에다가, 신호등은 전깃줄에 대롱대롱 달려있고, 그래서 좀 신기하기도 했어요. 그런데 홈스테이를 가고 하는데 시골이라 그런지 너무너무 따뜻하게 대해주기도 하고 가족같은 느낌으로 살았습니다. 회화도 엄청 늘었죠. 하루 길면 6시간동안 1:1로 대화했으니 말이죠. 학교는 캠퍼스는 정말 넓어요. 그래서 셔틀버스를 타기도 하죠. 또 전 체육관도 가끔가서 한국에서는 쉽게 할수 없는 줌바나 안벽등반 등도 했답니다. 학교 동아리도 들어서 스윙댄스도 배웠고요. 학교수업은 선생님들에 따라서 질이 달라집니다. 그러나 대체적으로 좋은 선생님들이 많아 사람들도 만족이 높은 편입니다. 또 한국인들도 아주 없는건 아닌데,요즘은 환율이 높아 중국인 비중이 높아요. 처음엔 미국친구들하고 노는거 많이 힘드니까 그런 꿈은 좀깨시는 편이 ㅋ. 저는 랭귀지 파트너가 있어서 미국친구들을 사귀고 우연히 도서관에서 친구가 된 미국인도 있고, 교회에서 친구를 사귀어서 지금도 연락하고 이번8월달에는 그친구가 한국에 오기로 했답니다. 아무튼 한국인하고 안놀려고 노력하시고 자신이 어떻게 미국생활을 하느냐에 따라서 영어향상이 됩니다. 술먹고 파티 클럽 이런곳은 피해야겠죠? 저도 파티를 몇번 했지만 기말고사가 끝나고만 참여했고, 한국아이들과도 거의 끝자락에만 만났어요. 암튼 델라웨어는 공부하기에 정말 좋은 곳이예요. 뉴욕과 워싱턴도 가까워서 잘놀러가고, 플로리다와 보스톤 캐나다로 놀러가기도 쉽죠. 아무튼 좋은 정보가 되었길 바래요 ^^

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 28, Male ]  2009/3/5
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      체계적이고 성실한 강의
      2005년 2월 부터 12월까지 University of Delaware에서 어학연수를 하였습니다. 체계적이고 성실한 강의에 많은 도움이 되었습니다. 또한 tutor 시스템이 있어서 방과 후 일대일로 선생님들과 여러가지 주제를 놓고 이야기 할 수 있었습니다. 또한 단순한 grammar, listening, speaking 수업만 있는 것이 아니라 뮤지컬, 시사 등 다양한 주제를 가지고 자유롭게 수업할 수 있는 프로그램이 유익했습니다.

      [ Bogota, Colombia, Age 35, Female ]  2018/12/21
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Es una de las mejores experiencias de vida que tienes,estar aqui cambia tu mundo, abres tu conocimiento y asi mismo la posibilidad de mejorar tu currículum profesional, tienes que estar aqui

      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Santiago, Chile, Age 36, Male ]  2013/10/4
      7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      Excelente escuela
      Mi experiencia en general es excelente (todavía estoy estudiando). El nivel académico es muy exigente si tomas el programa intensivo. Puede asistir a todas las actividades de la Universidad ya que eres un alumno mas. La ciudad es el perfecto equilibrio entre tranquilidad por ser una ciudad pequeña y cercanía con las grandes ciudades (Washington, Philadelphia, Washington)

      [ Bogotá, Colombia, Age 33, Male ]  2009/3/8
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Muy buena experiencia. Programa integral.
      Es un programa muy completo, tuve asesoría permanente, los profesores son muy buenos. Ofrece múltiples espacios para practicar el idioma, compartir con estudiantes de EUA y otras partes del mundo. Las personas con las que tuve la oportunidad de vivir me trataron muy bien. Realmente, me sirvió para incrementar mi nivel de ingles y me abrió nuevas oportunidades laborales, pero sobre todo tener confianza y seguridad para comunicarme.

      [ 桃園, 台灣 ]  2013/10/13

      [ 台北縣, 台灣, Age 29, Female ]  2010/12/22

      [ 台中市, 台灣, Age 32, Male ]  2009/3/12

      [ Taiwan, Taiwan, Age 25, Female ]  2009/3/10

      [ 高雄市, 台灣省, Age 30, Female ]  2009/3/6

      [ hsinchu, taiwan ]  2009/3/6

      Estudiante Anterior
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Age 25, Male ]  2009/3/6
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