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University of Florida (UF)

English Language Institute (ELI) [Gainesville, Florida]


  • The ELI is a founding member of UCIEP and an endorser of TESOL standards
    Welcome to STEP (Short-Term English Program)
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  • Gainesville is located in north-central Florida, just two hours by car from Orlando, Daytona Beach and Tampa.
  • Enjoy Florida's famous beaches and other popular attractions, including Disneyworld, The Kennedy Space Center, and Busch Gardens Theme Park
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Established in 1955, the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Florida offers a rigorous intensive English curriculum designed to prepare international students to enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program at an United States college or university. The comprehensive content of the English programs also serve the needs of those students looking to improve their language skills for personal or professional advancement. In addition to developing students’ English skills, the ELI also places significance in developing students’ cultural understanding and immersion in daily U.S. life by organizing activities, trips and events through the ELI Cultural Immersion Program. The program is also responsible for linking ELI students with native English speakers from the surrounding community through the Conversation Partners Program. 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.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1955
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 100 - 170
      Average Class Size : 10 - 12
      Airport Pickup : Not Available
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Florida!
      We welcome you to the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Florida and to our profile at Here at the ELI, we are proud of our longstanding tradition of excellence. We are one of the oldest and most experienced English programs in the United States, having first opened our doors to international students in 1955. We are also proud of our affiliation with the University of Florida, one of the top research universities in the United States. Our program is designed to help you learn English in the shortest time possible by using the latest research in teaching English as a second language. The ELI plans activities for you after class and on weekends so that you can make American friends, learn about U.S. culture, and have the opportunity to practice what you learn in class in real-life settings. Our experienced staff provides a variety of services, including housing assistance and academic advising, to help your stay in Gainesville be as comfortable as possible. If you are an international student or professional looking for a place to improve your English, or to help you function more effectively in your job or at home, I invite you to join us here at the ELI in Gainesville, Florida.

      Megan Forbes
      Director, English Language Institute (ELI)
      University of Florida
    • University of Florida
      English Language Institute
      315 Norman Hall

      P.O. Box 117051
      Gainesville, Florida  32611-7051  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (352) 392-2070
      FAX: +1 (352) 392-3744
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • The ELI provides housing assistance to its students. ELI staff members accompany new students to various apartment complexes near campus to help them choose an apartment. Housing choices range from low-cost student co-op buildings similar to campus dormitories to luxurious apartments with many special features. ELI staff members also try to match students with native English-speaking roommates when possible. For more information, please use the Contact Address to ask the ELI directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University of Florida is located in Gainesville, home to over 198,000 residents and serving as the cultural, educational and commercial center for the North-Central Florida region. Ranked in 1995 as the #1 city in the United States by Money magazine, Gainesville offers an ideal combination of a friendly, small-town atmosphere with many big-city services. Known for its "urban forest," Gainesville offers residents a wealth of green space throughout the city, including picturesque parks, lakes and springs, and miles of bicycle paths ideal for joggers and other athletes. Gainesville has a moderate climate with mild winters and warm summers, allowing residents to enjoy the outdoors year-round, whether golfing at one of the city’s 5 courses, trail biking in a 6,500-acre state park, or scuba diving in some of the best freshwater springs in the world. Located in the North-Central Florida county of Alachua, Gainesville is an easy 2-hour drive from the major cities of Orlando, Tampa, Daytona Beach and Jacksonville. The city’s central location encourages residents to take one-day excursions to visit famous attractions, including Disneyworld, Sea World, Busch Gardens Theme Park, and the Jacksonville Zoo, as well as Florida’s popular gulf and Atlantic beaches.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1853, the University of Florida (UF) is the state’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive institution of higher learning. As one of only 17 public, land-grant universities belonging to the prestigious Association of American Universities, UF is among the nation’s most academically diverse public institutions with a reputation for outstanding programs in agriculture, biology, business, chemistry, engineering, forestry, and physics. The 2,000-acre campus is home to over 46,000 students, including nearly 2,700 international students, and more than 4,000 professors and researchers, making UF one of the five largest universities in the U.S. Comprised of 16 colleges and more than 100 research, service, and education centers, UF offers its students more than 100 undergraduate majors, 200 graduate programs, and professional degree programs in dentistry, law, medicine, pharmacy, and veterinary medicine. As a large, vibrant campus community, UF provides plenty of opportunities to participate in all forms of recreational activities, offering more than 50 intramural sports teams ranging from badminton to wrestling. Tennis, racquetball, and squash courts, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, and a golf course are all available to students. UF’s sports team, "The Gators," is a source of enormous pride among students and alumni, bringing excitement to the college campus come game season. UF has ranked among the nation’s top 10 athletic departments for the past 20 straight years.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Students who demonstrate an exceptional command of English may be permitted to attend University of Florida classes upon permission of the ELI director and the class professor. Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students who complete the ESL program. (Graduate programs only)
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • Complete (C) and Brief (B) ESL courses sessions are offered during the academic year and summer. Fall C and Spring C are 14 weeks while Fall B and Spring B are 7- or 8-week length sessions. Summer C is 12 weeks, while Summer B is 6 weeks in length. Students are divided into courses of different difficulty levels for each linguistic skill on the basis of a comprehensive placement test. Full-time students receive at least 23 hours of classroom instruction per week; however students may take up to 32 hours to include elective and substitute classes.

      Depending on the season of enrollment and the term length, there may be 4 to 10 levels of instruction. When enrollment permits, the ELI creates a comfortable learning environment by initially separating students according to their age. Students are then placed into different difficulty levels for each of the skills that they will study in the core courses (Listening/Speaking, Grammar, and Reading/Writing). Appropriate skill levels are determined by the results of a placement examination taken soon after arrival. Additionally, the ELI offers elective courses in standard test-taking skills such as the TOEFL, Business English, U.S. Culture, Pronunciation, Conversation Strategies, Computer Applications and other special courses that vary by term.

      The Intensive English Program is designed to greatly improve students’ English abilities using the latest techniques made through research developments in the ESL field and making systematic use of the Cultural Immersion Program, which inserts students in the local community.

      Classroom sizes average 12 students per class with a maximum of 15 students. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective language instruction and to offer individual attention.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 - 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 - 10 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 6, 7, 8, 12 & 14 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      12 WEEKS:
      10/20 - 12/10
      Apply by 9/8

      14 WEEKS:
      8/31 - 12/10
      Apply by 7/19

    • Costs
      US$ 125
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      6 WEEKS US$ 1,890
      7 WEEKS US$ 1,890
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,315
      12 WEEKS US$ 3,290
      14 WEEKS US$ 3,900
      US$ 160 (Average)
      6 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 1,000
      7 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 1,200
      8 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 1,200
      12 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 2,400
      14 WEEKS N/A N/A US$ 2,400
      Airport Pickup Service
      Student Arranged
    • 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.
  • Location
    • United States Gainesville, Florida
    • Location
      University of Florida
      English Language Institute
      315 Norman Hall

      P.O. Box 117051 Gainesville, Florida  32611-7051  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Gainesville Airport:
      It is the student's responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$15 and will arrive on campus in 15 minutes. The campus is also accessible by buses that run on a limited schedule with a transfer required.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.4
      School Environment: 4.3
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.1
      Activities and Social Life: 4.5
      Accommodation: 3.4


    • There are 8 reviews for this school

    • Cristina Cecilia Nunez Godoy
      [ Buenos Aires, Argentina, Female ]
      28 of 30 people found the following review helpful.
      Great to be a Florida Gator!
      ELI is more than just an English institute. It’s an experience that will change your life forever. As with many of you, my experience with studying English was full of boring grammar rules. ELI not only gave me the opportunity to learn English through games, coffee talks, movies, and paintball (yes, paintball!), but also gave me the chance to communicate with others student from all over the world. Now I have friends in different continents and it gave me a reason to keep practicing my English. Also, as an ELI student you become part of UF and therefore part of the Gator Nation; and you know what they say: it’s !
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      Chao-Rui Chen
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Male ]
      16 of 20 people found the following review helpful.
      It'll Improve Your A Lot
      It might be tough, but it'll improve u a lot!! Get to the highest level if u can. It's more helpful. Don't be scared of presentation. You'll learn more from it!
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      Hsueh-Chun Ho
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Female ]
      8 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
      Beautiful Campus!
      Here is a GREAT place to study English!! Good curriculum, nice people, beautiful campus, and SUPER GATORS!!!! GOGOGO~~~
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      Aya Nankumo
      [ Tokyo, Japan, Female ]
      8 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
      ELI is a Magic Place!
      ELI is a magic place for me! I met many people who have other backgrounds. That made my world broad and they are special experiences for me. I am so lucky to have friends for life.
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      Raphaela Reis
      [ Sao Paulo, Brazil, Female ]
      10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
      High Quality Study
      I am glad I have chosen University of Florida to do the English program, I have learned so many things, not only about U.S, but also about the culture from other countries. The opportunity to meet new people from other countries, the amazing activities provided to all the students and the high quality study offered, makes the English Language Institute of UF the best choice.
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      Lina Maria Camacho
      [ Bogota, Colombia, Female ]
      5 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      Excellent Quality
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      Kennyomar Garcia
      [ Caracas, Venezuela, Male ]
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Great Friends and Teachers
      The English Language Institute at UF has been one of the most remarkable experiences that I've ever lived in my entire life. It's impossible not to love a place where you can meet many good people from all over the world. It's a great way to learn English in the US. If you come to the ELI, you're going to enjoy and learn at the same time. It has been amazing being an ELI student during two semesters in a row. I haven't left Gainesville, and I already feel that I miss all those great friends, teachers, and people that I have met in this awesome place.
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      [ Banciao City,Taipei County, Taiwan, Age 28, Male ]
      14 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
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