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University of Alabama (UA)

English Language Institute (ELI) [Tuscaloosa, Alabama]


  • 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 : Available from School
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to The University of Alabama!

      Thank you for visiting English Language Institute (ELI) ApplyESL page. The full-time program includes 20 hours of English instruction a week focusing on reading/writing, speaking/listening and grammar. All of our friendly teachers have over 10 years of teaching experience and Master of Arts degrees in teaching English. In addition, we have free opportunities for you to interact and practice your English with American students. The University of Alabama has a beautiful, safe campus with many gyms, pools, libraries, computer labs, sporting events, clubs, and activities. The numerous opportunities you have in and out of the classroom will enable you to improve your English skills quickly. We have a simple application process, and our staff will support you and answer your questions while submitting your application, planning your arrival and throughout your time studying here. We look forward to meeting you!

      Amy Taylor
      Interim Director, English Language Institute (ELI)
      University of Alabama
    • 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: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 6, 8, 16, 24 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: F-1 Student Visa Required (I-20 Issued Upon Request)
      HOUSING: Dormitory
    • Dates
    • 2022
      8 WEEKS:
      1/6 - 3/13/3 - 5/35/9 - 6/176/23 - 8/4
      8/15 - 10/610/11 - 12/8

      16 WEEKS:
      1/6 - 5/33/3 - 6/175/9 - 8/46/23 - 10/6
      8/15 - 12/8

      24 WEEKS:
      1/6 - 6/173/3 - 8/45/9 - 10/66/23 - 12/8
    • Costs
      US$ 50
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      6, 8 WEEKS US$ 2,205
      16 WEEKS US$ 4,410
      24 WEEKS US$ 6,615
      US$ 35 (On-Campus Housing)
      6 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,505 N/A
      8 - 24 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,475 Per Session N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 50 (One-Way) on Scheduled Pickup Day
      US$ 170 (Estimate)
      Medical Insurance
      US$ 325-425
      University Student Fee
      US$ 396-425 (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):
      School provides BHM airport pick-up service for US$ 50 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: 4.7
      School Environment: 4.8
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.8
      Activities and Social Life: 4.5
      Accommodation: 3.9


    • There are 35 reviews for this school

    • Christian
      [ Mexico City, Mexico, Male ]
      2 of 2 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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      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      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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      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Male ]
      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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      [ Frankfurt, Germany, Female ]
      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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      [ Beijing, China, Female ]
      2 of 2 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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      [ Bogota, Colombia, Male ]
      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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      [ Tokyo, Japan, Male ]
      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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      [ Ankara, Turkey, Female ]
      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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      [ Bogota, Colombia, Male ]
      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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      [ Managua, Nicaragua, Female ]
      Good Opportunity
      I think it is a good opportunity to learn English quickly and know new cultures.
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      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Male ]
      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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      [ Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Female ]
      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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      [ Kigali, Rwanda, Female ]
      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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      [ Beijing, China, Female ]
      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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      [ Bangkok, Thailand, Female ]
      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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      [ Amman, Jordan, Male ]
      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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      [ Seoul, South Korea, Female ]
      Culture Speaking Class
      You can make global friends in Culturally Speaking class.
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      [ Buenos Aires, Argentina, Male ]
      Lots of Things to Do
      There are lots of interesting things to do in the ELI.
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      [ Tokyo, Japan, Male ]
      ELI Activities
      I love ELI activities. We are going to Montgomery, Birmingham, Atlanta.
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      [ Caracas, Venezuela, Male ]
      Many Activities
      One of the things I most like about the ELI is that they have many activities every week.
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      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Female ]
      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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      [ Ankara, Turkey, Male ]
      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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      [ Gaza, Palestine, Female ]
      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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      [ Santiago, Chile, Female ]
      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.
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      [ Taipei, R.O.C, Age 33, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

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

      [ Taipei Country, taiwan, Age 24, Female ]
      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 ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

      [ seoul, korea, Age 26, Female ]
      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 ]
      7 of 10 people found the following review helpful.

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

      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.
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