University of Pittsburgh
- Challenging and intensive language instruction with many outside activities, including weekly social and cultural events, conversation partners, discussion groups,and more!
- Founded in 1787, Pitt is one of the oldest institutions of higher learning in the United States and is currently among the Top 2020Public Universities in the US 2020
- The City of Pittsburgh is known for its high quality of life, safety, and friendliness, and has been voted “America’s Most Livable City”
- About the ESL Program
- Established in 1964, the English Language Institute (ELI) in the Department of Linguistics at the University of Pittsburgh provides language and cultural studies to students interested in improving their English ability for academic, professional, or personal success. The ELI offers an intensive English program (IEP), as well as language support courses, and short summer programs. TOEFL testing is available on campus; IELTS testing is available nearby.
The ELI believes students learn English faster when they are actively using the language. For this reason, a special activities coordinator organizes weekly events such as picnics, parties, skiing, ice skating, sightseeing tours, movies, conversation hours, and trips to other cities. In addition, ELI students are part of the University of Pittsburgh and can join student organizations on campus, participate in student activities sponsored by the University, and access all recreational facilities, fitness center, and libraries on campus.
The ELI’s Intensive English Program is fully accredited by the CEA (The Commission on English Language Program Accreditation), meeting the highest standards of excellence for English language programs in the US. In addition, the ELI is a proud member of UCIEP (University and College Intensive English Programs), an independent consortium of university and college-administered intensive English Programs in the United States, and EnglishUSA (The American Association of Intensive English Programs) which promotes professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs.
Type : Semi-Private University
Establishment : 1964
Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
Enrollment : 125 - 165
Average Class Size : 12 - 18
Student Adviser : AvailableAirport Pickup : Available from School
Internet Access : Available On-Campus
Tuition : Low
Activities : Frequently Available
Location : Urban
Transportation : Bus
- A Message from School
- When you think about your future, what do you see? Do you see classes with teachers and students learning together? Do you see an international community of students who share a common goal? Do you see new places and activities? Do you see opportunities that come with improving your English skills? If you see all of these in your future, then study with us at the English Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh. We can help you build your English skills for academic study, work, or personal interests. We also provide opportunities to learn about American culture through activities in and out of the classroom. As a student in our institute, you have access to many University of Pittsburgh resources like lectures and libraries, and the City of Pittsburgh offers many new experiences.
Our staff are waiting to help you with your application. Our team of highly trained and dedicated teachers is waiting with your first lesson. We can see you in class with us. Can you?
Dr. Dawn E. McCormick
Director, English Language Institute
- CONTACT INFORMATION
- More Details
- Student Countries of Origin
- Each year, approximately 500 students from 30 countries around the world come to the ELI to study English. Recently, students have come to the ELI from Asia (37% from 6 different countries), the Middle East (50%), Latin America (6%), and both Africa and Europe (7%).
- Faculty Qualifications
- All ELI instructors have master's level training or doctoral degrees in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) or in a related field. The instructors are active professionally, writing English as a Second Language (ESL) textbooks, researching second language learning, and participating in conferences. Most ELI instructors have lived, worked, or studied abroad; their personal and professional experiences make each instructor sensitive to the academic and personal needs of their students.
- ELI students can choose from several available housing options. While attending the ELI, most students live in off-campus apartments near the University or in nearby neighborhoods and travel to class by bus. (Public transportation is free for all University of Pittsburgh students with a valid ID.) The ELI also partners with a homestay company to arrange homestays with American families in the area. Additionally, during the summer term students have the opportunity to live on-campus in university dormitories. Although students are responsible for making their own apartment leasing arrangements, the ELI can share information with students to help them locate suitable apartments. Students are encouraged to arrange housing as early as possible. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
- Surrounding Area
- The University campus is located in the Oakland district, an area recognized as Pittsburgh's cultural, educational, and medical center. Students can take a 10-minute bus ride to downtown Pittsburgh and its cultural district to see world-class theater, symphony, dance, and opera. Home to 600,000 residents, Pittsburgh has all the advantages of a big city combined with the friendliness and the sense of community of a small town. Frequently voted “America’s Most Livable City”, Pittsburgh offers a high quality of life, safety, employment and educational opportunities and many recreation and entertainment options. With three professional sports teams - NFL football, major league baseball and NHL hockey - Pittsburgh residents and visitors have the opportunity to see live games year-round. NBA basketball can also be found nearby. Top ski resorts are also less than an hour's drive from the downtown area and city, county, and state parks encompass 26,000 acres of the Pittsburgh region. Besides trails for hiking, biking, rollerblading, and horseback riding, outdoor enthusiasts enjoy the parks' facilities for cross-country skiing, tennis, ice skating, swimming, volleyball, and picnics; golfers can tee off at one of the areas 146 courses. Niagara Falls and Washington, D.C. are a 4-hour drive away, and the metropolitan cities of New York City, Philadelphia, and Chicago are 6-8 hours by car.
- About the College/University
- First founded as the Pittsburgh Academy in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt) became a state-related university in 1966 and is among the oldest institutions of higher education in the United States. As one of the nation's foremost coeducational, public research universities, Pitt is comprised of five campuses including the 132-acre Pittsburgh campus, located in the Oakland section of the city, and regional campuses in Bradford, Greensburg, Johnstown and Titusville. Pitt's 9,600 employees, including 3,800 faculty members, serve more than 32,000 students enrolled among the 18 undergraduate, graduate and professional schools. At the center of the Pitt campus is its most identifiable landmark, the Cathedral of Learning. This 42-story Gothic skyscraper is home to classrooms and University administrative offices and is considered to be one of the tallest school buildings in the world. Pitt is located in the Oakland district, a community known for its wooded parks, art galleries, concert halls, museums, and historic buildings and is a short bus ride from downtown Pittsburgh.
- Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
- Conditional admission and TOEFL/IELTS waivers may be available to eligible ELI students applying to degree programs at several universities in and around the City of Pittsburgh. Please note that admission to the ELI does not include or guarantee admission to a degree program at the University of Pittsburgh or with partner Universities. For more information about conditional admission, visit https://eli.pitt.edu/admission.
Intensive English Program
- About This Course
- The Intensive English Program offers three 13-week sessions throughout the year, beginning in early September, early January, and early May. Students enrolled in the Program receive 20 hours of intensive in-class instruction per week.
The University of Pittsburgh English Language Institute does not have classes for beginners. The Program offers 5 levels of English classes, from high beginning to advanced. (High-beginning is approximately equivalent to 24 on the internet-based TOEFL.) All students take a placement test the first day of the program, so students who place into levels that are not being offered will be directed to other English programs.
The Program's curriculum focuses on developing students' language skills for academic, professional, and personal success. Students develop their skills in classes that focus on speaking (fluency, pronunciation and giving presentations), listening (understanding lectures; conversational English; radio, TV, and other broadcasts), writing (organization, accuracy and composing essays), reading (developing vocabulary and fluency, improving comprehension), and English grammar. An optional TOEFL preparation course is occasionally offered and is available to all students. In the summer, a 6-week Professional and Academic English Course is offered for graduate and professional students, and a 4-week US Law and Legal English program is offered for law students from around the world. Students are encouraged to independently develop their English skills outside of class by using the Program's modern multi-media center including state-of-the-art audio-visual and computer technology.
The ELI believes that students learn English faster when they are actively using the language. A special activities coordinator organizes social and cultural activities, such as picnics, parties, skiing, ice skating, sightseeing tours, movies, and trips to other cities. A special community outreach coordinator organizes weekly conversation partners and small conversation groups, and can provide information about volunteer opportunities as well. Furthermore, ELI students are part of the University of Pittsburgh community and can use recreational/sports facilities, computer labs and libraries on campus. ELI students also have access to free and discounted cultural activities throughout the city.
Class sizes average from 12 to 18 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
- Course Data
CLASS SIZE: 12 - 18 students CLASS LEVELS: 5 levels(No Beginners accepted) COURSE LENGTH: 13 weeks MINIMUM AGE: 18 years old REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma/ Minimum High Beginner English level VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment (Summer Only)
13 WEEKS: 5/11 - 8/5
- APPLICATION FEE
- US$ 100
- TUITION FEE (2020-2021)
13 WEEKS US$ 4,860
- HOUSING FEE
LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE 14 WEEKS US $2,600 US $3,000(Summer Term) US $3,000
- Airport Pickup Service
- Health Insurance
- US$ 500
- Remarks / Other Information
- United States Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
English Language Institute
Department of Linguistics
Parkvale Building, Room M13, 200 Meyran Avenue Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260 U.S.A.
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- Student Reviews
Academic Quality: 4.5 School Environment: 4.8 Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5 Activities and Social Life: 4.2 Accommodation: 3.8
- There are 26 reviews for this school
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[ Pittsburgh, USA, Age 26, Female ]
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful.ESL at the University of PittsburghThe ELI at the University of Pittsburgh is the best academy for learning English. We had a lot of activities, for example going to movies, going to museums, eating Mexican wings, volunteering and travelling. Teachers and staff were very kind and their teaching methods were excellant. It was a little bit hard because we had to do a lot of homework. But we absolutely improved our English skills.
I think Pittsburgh is one of the safest places in the United States. People are also kind. You will be satisfied studying in Pittsburgh.
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A Former Student
[ pittsburgh, PA, Age 27, Male ]
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