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English Language Institute (ELI) [Tuscaloosa, Alabama]

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Access to many student facilities located throughout the spacious UA campus
  • Conversation Partners with university students
  • Warm climate and friendly people of Tuscaloosa
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1982
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP / CEA
      Enrollment : 75 - 100
      Average Class Size : 7 - 10
      Airport Pickup : Student Arranged
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • Hello from The University of Alabama (UA) and the UA English Language Institute (ELI)!

      Warm greetings from Alabama!

      The ELI is located on a beautiful, traditional university campus with a warm climate and friendly people.
      ELI students have access to the university’s benefits and services. The University of Alabama (UA) has several libraries, labs, gyms, and dining halls. UA’s football, soccer, softball, and basketball teams all went to championship games during 2022-2023. Student enjoy watching the free UA sporting events.

      The ELI office 20 hours of intensive English per week taught by experienced teachers with advanced degrees. The ELI also provides the following free services to students: activities, seminars, tutoring, conversation classes with UA students, and a conversation partner program.

      The ELI offers elementary (CEFR A2) to advanced (CEFR C1) courses.
      Small class sizes and a welcoming staff provide the students the support they need while they are abroad.

      Please let me know if you would like any additional information.

      Amy Taylor
      Director, English Language Institute (ELI)
      University of Alabama
    • CONTACT INFORMATION
    • University of Alabama
      English Language Institute (ELI)

      101 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
    • Housing
    • Surrounding Area
    • About the College/University
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 7 - 10 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 5 Levels (High Elementary to Advanced)
      COURSE LENGTH: 6, 8, 16, 24 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old (By Start of Classes)
      REQUIREMENT: NOTE: There are no classes for beginners.
      VISA INFORMATION: F-1 Student Visa Required (I-20 Issued Upon Request)
      HOUSING: Dormitory
    • Dates
    • 2024
      8 WEEKS:
      2/29 - 4/295/6 - 6/176/20 - 8/28/19 - 10/10
      10/15 - 12/12


    • Costs
    • APPLICATION FEE
      US$ 75 (NON-REFUNDABLE)
      TUITION FEE (US$ 250 Non-Refundable Tuition Deposit Required)
      6, 8 WEEKS US$ 2,316
      16 WEEKS US$ 4,632
      24 WEEKS US$ 6,948
      HOUSING
      PLACEMENT FEE
      US$ 35 (On-Campus Housing)
      HOUSING FEE
      LENGTH HOMESTAY DORMITORY / ON-CAMPUS APARTMENT OFF-CAMPUS RESIDENCE
      6 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,675 N/A
      8 - 24 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,565 Per Session N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged (Available from Local Shuttle Service)
      Books
      US$ 170 (Estimate)
      Medical Insurance
      US$ 390 - $490
      University Student Fee
      US$ 504 - $684 (Mandatory)
    • Remarks / Other Information
  • Location
    • United States Tuscaloosa, Alabama
    • Location
      University of Alabama
      English Language Institute (ELI)

      101 BB Corner Hall Tuscaloosa, Alabama  35487-0250  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Birmingham - Shuttlesworth International Airport (BHM):
      It takes approximately 1 hour to arrive on campus from the airport. Taxis are 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: 4.7
      School Environment: 4.8
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.8
      Activities and Social Life: 4.6
      Accommodation: 4.1

      4.7

    • There are 42 reviews for this school

    • Joao
      [ São Paulo, Brazil, Age 18, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Great school
      Wonderful campus and I had an amazing experience
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      Benjamin
      [ Santiago, Chile, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Now I Look Good with Super Advanced English
      I arrived with my English level very low! But you can always do more. After six months I look good with my super advanced English. I was very satisfied with ELI, campus, housing, etc. The teachers are so professional in this program that they made me like English very much, and they are magnificent people. Roll Tide. "
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      Karina
      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Female ]
      Studying at the ELI was one of my best life decisions ever!
      When I decided to study there, I thought it would finally be my opportunity to be proficient in English. However, it was much more. I not only got my proficiency, but also experienced an incredible cultural exchange, made new friends, and could grow in personal skills too. All the ELI staff are very thoughtful, kind, and committed to helping each student with their academic needs and level of learning. The ELI Intensive Language Program covers all the needed skills to promote proficiency in English, which makes me feel confident enough to start having conversations on phone, watching movies without subtitles, and exercise writing with the same facility as I would write in my mother language.
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      Jihan Park
      [ Seoul, Korea, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Perfect Place to Learn English
      When I first went to ELI, I couldn't speak English at all and didn't understand it, but after 9 months, I was able to understand English well and use it confidently.
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      Marleth Morales Marenco
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      Excellent Professors and Wonderful People
      After taking the ESL intensive program at the English Language Institute, University of Alabama, I am delighted with my results in social and academic environments. At the ELI, I found excellent methodology, professors, and wonderful people working together to help us to advance in each moment. During this time, I used all the UA resources, such as libraries, books, events, locations, and a native partner who shared meaningful time with me. The classes were dynamic, and I felt cared for while we were learning. I enjoyed the time playing and learning at the same time. I loved the cultural speaking classes and the ELI events in which we talked and interacted with native Americans. Definitely, it is a place I recommend. I can say that I can confidently talk in public scenarios and advance in my professional carrier. Thanks, ELI, for each learning!
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      Chakir Mazouz
      [ Nador, Morocco, Age 32, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      University of Alabama
      Excellent!
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      Christian
      [ Mexico City, Mexico, Male ]
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      I'm more proactive and professional now!
      I feel thankful for the opportunity to meet the people at the ELI, and the advice, the books, the lessons they gave to me, It makes me feel confident and helped me to be more proactive and professional when I work with English speakers…. The experience in The University of Alabama was wonderful.
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      Naser
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      ELI Instructors Offer Extra Help
      I learned a lot during my enrollment in ELI. My Reading/Writing, Speaking/Listening and Structure (Grammar) instructors were very patient, helpful and have talented teaching methods that encouraged me to continue learning. The instructors offered extra help when they recognized my academic struggle and assisted with extra materials and references to help me improve. They also recommended that I spend extra time and effort practicing after class. This extra effort encouraged me to work hard which has contributed to my success.
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      Jean
      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Student Diversity
      The diversity of students from this course gave me an opportunity to reach others from many different countries. In addition to the English knowledge I acquired, the ELI teachers and staff – were easily accessible, very kind, and have the willingness to help foreign students…. The ELI courses were fundamental to my career. Brazilian researchers need to have the proper English skills in order to develop academic activities. I hope other students from all over the world are able to have the opportunity to study at the English Language Institute.
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      Birthe
      [ Frankfurt, Germany, Female ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Most beautiful campus I've ever seen!
      The University of Alabama is a great university and has the most beautiful campus I have ever seen … and the ELI is an inseparable part of it bringing the international spirit to the campus life.
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      Xiaoying
      [ Beijing, China, Female ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      Conditional Admission to UA
      Before I came to the ELI, I got my masters degree in China. I was conditionally admitted and will study Chemical Engineering as a Ph.D. student at The University of Alabama.
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      Santiago
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Friendly Character of Alabama
      Living here in Alabama but mostly in the UA campus has been an incredible opportunity…. The friendly character of the people in Alabama is something I will never forget.
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      Masaya
      [ Tokyo, Japan, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Very Friendly and Helpful
      ELI is a very good institution to study English because teachers are very friendly and helpful. I have an opportunity to talk with many UA students at coffee hours – it helps me brush up on my English skills.
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      Yudum
      [ Ankara, Turkey, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Very Satisfied with ELI Faculty and Staff
      Before coming to the US, I never thought I would meet such wonderful people. The ELI faculty and office staff were a major source of satisfaction for me, and they helped me overcome the difficulties of learning English.
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      Martin
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      American College Culture
      The ELI is a wonderful place! Not only because you learn English, but you also get involved with American college culture!
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      Nimian
      [ Managua, Nicaragua, Female ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Good Opportunity
      I think it is a good opportunity to learn English quickly and know new cultures.
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      Amaro
      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      A Family Feeling
      ELI is one of the best English courses – you have people that can support you, that can answer your questions, and if you have any concerns you can always come to them. This kind of environment has a family feeling.
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      Tran
      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      I will Study at the University of Alabama
      I wanted to improve my English skill to prepare to study in the U.S. in the future. I will study at The University of Alabama after studying at the ELI.
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      Angelique
      [ Kigali, Rwanda, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Gaining Confidence
      When I came here, I was not able to speak confidently. After only two months, I was confident enough to speak. I spent time with other students from other countries, and some of them became my really good friends.
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      Jing
      [ Beijing, China, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Amazing Teachers at ELI
      The teachers are absolutely amazing. They are great people and their teaching methods effectively increase my interest in learning English. The students are very diverse and it is an amazing opportunity to meet and become friends with such great people.
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      Yupawadee
      [ Bangkok, Thailand, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      More Confident to Communicate in English
      During my time in ELI, I was immersed in different aspects of American culture through various activities, on- and off-campus. After graduating from ELI, I felt more confident to communicate in English, and I was able to get a high TOEFL score and university admission.
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      Muath
      [ Amman, Jordan, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Improve Relationships and English Skills
      I studied intensive English courses for approximately two months, and it was an excellent experience. I am now using English more confidently with my job and social life. I recommend The University of Alabama’s English Language Institute to anyone who really wants to improve international relationships or to improve conversational English language skills. One more thing, Roll Tide!
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      Minji
      [ Seoul, South Korea, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Culture Speaking Class
      You can make global friends in Culturally Speaking class.
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      Laureano
      [ Buenos Aires, Argentina, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Lots of Things to Do
      There are lots of interesting things to do in the ELI.
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      Koji
      [ Tokyo, Japan, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      ELI Activities
      I love ELI activities. We are going to Montgomery, Birmingham, Atlanta.
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      Rodolfo
      [ Caracas, Venezuela, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Many Activities
      One of the things I most like about the ELI is that they have many activities every week.
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      Camila
      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      In Love with UA
      I am totally in love with the UA campus and the teachers at the ELI. They are so kind and helpful.
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      Oguzhan
      [ Ankara, Turkey, Male ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      A Great Place for You
      If you are interested in any kind of sports, The University of Alabama is a great place for you. I am very proud of our football team.
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      Baheya
      [ Gaza, Palestine, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Chance to Meet Students from All Over the World
      International Coffee Hour gives me the chance to meet with many students, different cultures, from the United States and all over the world.
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      Sigalit
      [ Santiago, Chile, Female ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Amazing Experience
      Being a student at the ELI has been a completely amazing experience, most of all it’s the course, the program.
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      Wendy Carvajal
      [ La Paz, Bolivia, Age 28, Female ]


      Nouf Alsalem
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia ]

    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.

    • 學生
      [ Taipei, R.O.C, Age 33, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      還不錯
      是個清幽的環境,不過交通不是很方便。有些在校學生課後沒什麼活動會相當無聊。老師還不錯。


      徐愛敏
      [ 臺北, 台灣, Age 25, Female ]
      3 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      在University of Alabama, ELI
      我在那邊八個月的生活,非常充實。在ELI中全方位的課程,讓我在聽說讀寫和文法都有明顯的進步。老師和職員都非常的親切。因為地理位置在南部,和台灣的地理位置相近,因此在氣候的適應上,沒有太大的問題。在那邊交到許多外國朋友,是練習英文溝通的好機會喔!!


      Heidi
      [ Taipei Country, taiwan, Age 24, Female ]
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Alabama roll tide!!!
      雖然校園有點鄉下偏僻,
      但在這短短4個多月的語言學校,
      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,
      跟美國學生有更多接觸的機會,
      在阿拉巴馬的回憶是一輩子的!


      施美妃
      [ 南投, 台灣, Age 30, Female ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      適合讀書的好學校
      這是所很適合念書的好學校,校園美麗、廣大又安靜,擁有很不錯的師資,硬體資源設備也非常的完善!


      hjkim
      [ seoul, korea, Age 26, Female ]
      11 of 12 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^^


      MAKI
      [ 神奈川県, 日本, Age 39, Female ]
      7 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
      勉強するにはよい環境
      学校のカリキュラムがよく考えられていると思う。大学の施設が使える為図書館で勉強したり、PCを使ったり。
      大学生との交流もあるので、大学生のパーティなどに呼んでもらうことがたまにある。
      滞在は寮とアパートが選択できるけど、どちらも生活用品を1からそろえる必要ある。
      参加した時期は中国人、サウジアラビア人などが大半だった。その他いろいろな国からきているため、文化交流なども面白かった。
      郊外なので遊べる所は少ない。


      ROLLTIDE
      [ 神奈川県, 日本, Male ]
      8 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
      ゆっくりと時間が流れる南部の大学生活
      広大な敷地にキャンパスを構え、町まで出るにも徒歩では大変。車を持った大学生と早く友達になるのが吉。自転車もあると便利。因みに、週に1~2回、近くの大型スーパーまで買い出しに行けるバンは無料で運航。勉強は深夜まで開いている図書館で。遅くなったら電話一本で寮まで送ってくれるサービスがある。週末などはバーで楽しむのも良いし、また比較的安い値段で行かれる小旅行に参加するのも良い。教師・事務員ともに親切で好意的。ホスピタリティを感じる。但し、各種手続き、I-20に関すること、寮生活での問題など、自分の生命・滞在に直接関わるような問題は自分で責任を持って動いたほうが良い。オンキャンパスの寮に住む場合、テレビ・電子レンジはない。ルームメートと相談して何を買うか、何を共有するか決めるとお金を節約できる。


      Jesús Roberto Moctezuma
      [ México, Veracruz, Age 18, Male ]
      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 ]
      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.


      Zuly Solarte
      [ Bogotá, Colombia, Age 27, Female ]
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