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University of North Carolina at Charlotte

English Language Training Institute [Charlotte, North Carolina]


  • Conditional acceptance and university classes available for academically-qualified students
  • "The international gateway to the south", Charlotte is a large metropolitan city offering a fantastic quality of life and a convenient location for other U.S. travel experiences
  • TOEFL and IELTS waiver for undergraduate admission at UNC Charlotte for students who successfully complete Level 5
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Established in 1978, the English Language Training Institute (ELTI) provides intensive English instruction for international students planning to attend an American college or university as well as for those pursuing professional English training in the United States. While receiving quality English language instruction in a safe, friendly, academic environment, ELTI students enjoy full integration into the university student body and gain access to the facilities and services of the UNC Charlotte campus including a world-class library, extensive computer labs, comprehensive student health center, and sport and fitness facilities. While attending the ELTI, students develop a close connection with UNC Charlotte, the surrounding community, and the American lifestyle. ELTI 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, which promotes professional standards and quality instruction in intensive English programs. Additionally, the ELTI is a CEA accredited program.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1978
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA, CEA
      Enrollment : 200
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : N/A
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Suburban
      Transportation : Bus, light rail (train)
    • A Message from School
    • We are excited that you are exploring the opportunity to study at the English Language Training Institute (ELTI). ELTI, established in 1978, is the oldest and largest language program in North Carolina and is centrally located on the UNC-Charlotte campus. Our program offers outstanding English language instruction from experienced, caring teachers. Additionally, our friendly and knowledgeable staff will help you feel at home during your studies with us. All ELTI students enjoy the benefits of the campus facilities, such as fitness facilities, a swimming pool, and numerous student clubs and events. Charlotte is a lovely, rapidly growing city located approximately halfway between the Appalachian Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean., The weather is mild, so we enjoy a variety of outdoor activities throughout the year. The ELTI staff and faculty are passionate about our work with international students, and we would love to have you join us to improve your English language proficiency.
      Lauren Kinter
      Director, English Language Training Institute (ELTI)
      University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNCC)
    • English Language Training Institute
      Office of International Programs
      University of North Carolina, Charlotte

      9201 University City Blvd. CHHS Building Room 267
      Charlotte, North Carolina  28223  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 704-687-7777
      FAX: +1 704-687-1659
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • ELTI can assist students in arranging on-campus housing in University residence halls. Alternately, a variety of off-campus options are also available. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities, and other students -- both American and international. For those who choose to live off campus, several apartment complexes located near the University are within walking distance or on public bus or train routes. For more information, please contact the Housing and Residence Life Office or e-mail ELTI at (
    • Surrounding Area
    • Home to more than 1 million residents, Charlotte, is locally known as “the Queen City,” and offers countless cultural, entertainment, and educational attractions, from the fine artwork of the Levine Center for the Arts to theme parks such as Carowinds and hands-on science museums such as the Discovery Place. Charlotte has long been known as a major banking and financial services hub and as one of the fastest growing major cities in the U.S. Charlotte is also ranked as one of the most livable cities in the United States. Sports fans cheer for Charlotte’s winning professional sports teams: the Carolina Panthers (American football), the Charlotte Hornets (NBA basketball), while others tee off at any one of 80 golf courses in the area. Each year, more than one million visitors flock to Charlotte to experience NASCAR (professional car racing). Charlotte residents enjoy a mild climate and experience 4 seasons, with summer highs reaching in the 80s and winter highs averaging in the 50s. Charlotte residents enjoy an average of 233 days of sunshine each year, and many of ELTI students enjoy seeing snow for the first time while studying with ELTI. With mild weather year-round, ELTI students can choose to explore the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains to the west or the Atlantic Ocean and its beaches to the east – both are only short distances from the city. Charlotte is ideally situated about midway between Atlanta, Georgia, and Richmond, Virginia, making it within a day's drive to popular destinations cities such as the capital of the United States, Washington, D.C. and also the home of Disneyland, in Orlando, Florida.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1946, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) is a comprehensive state university with over 30,000 students and is situated on a 3.84 square km campus just inside the city limits of Charlotte. The natural beauty of rolling hills, forests, and small lakes combined with the modern facilities and easy access to downtown Charlotte via the light-rail produce a comfortable, stimulating learning environment. University Research Park and several shopping centers are located near the UNC Charlotte campus. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, UNC Charlotte is also a member of the North Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities. The University offers over 90 fields of undergraduate academic instruction, as well as more than 60 graduate-level programs and 18 doctoral programs, in eight colleges: Arts and Sciences, Architecture, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, Nursing and Health Professions, and the Graduate School. Professional programs in all colleges are nationally accredited. International students at UNC Charlotte number at about 1,800 and represent over 90 nations from around the world. Several international student organizations and the International Club help students feel at home.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students (Undergraduate programs only). After one semester at the ELTI, advanced-level students may attend courses at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte while completing English studies and earn credit towards a degree at UNC Charlotte or for transfer credit.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • The Intensive English Program offers two 15-week sessions during the fall and spring and one 10-week session during the summer. Students enrolled in the fall and spring sessions receive 20 hours of classroom instruction each week; students enrolled in the summer session receive 24 hours of in-class instruction per week.

      The program offers 5 levels of instruction, from beginning to advanced. Students are placed in one of the five proficiency levels based on a written and oral examination taken during orientation.

      While the overarching goal is to prepare students to succeed in university study, the lower levels focus on fundamentals of communication and adapting to American culture. More advanced students focus on academic reading and notetaking, professional and academic research, and public speaking skills. At all levels, students use current texts and materials. Students are encouraged to use the University’s many academic facilities, such as the University Writing Center, and the Language Resource Center to complement their classroom studies. Qualified students, with the recommendation of the ELTI faculty, may take University courses for credit in addition to their English courses.

      Class sizes generally range from 10 to 14 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 - 14 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 5 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 10, 15 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma or Equivalent
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
      Off-Campus Residence
    • Dates
    • 2021
      15 WEEKS:
      8/25 - 12/8

      15 WEEKS:
      1/12 - 5/4

    • Costs
      US $60
      TUITION FEE (2020)
      10 WEEKS US $4,475
      15 WEEKS US $4,475
      10 WEEKS N/A US $3,800 - 5,000 US $3,800 - 6,000
      15 WEEKS N/A US $3,800 - 5,000 US $4,000 - 6,000
      Airport Pickup Service
      University Fees**
      US $1,300- $1,700
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      A variety of meal plans are available for on-campus dining.
      For all sessions, the number of class hours is the same.
      **fees are mandatory and allow ELTI students to use all UNC Charlotte facilities and services
      ***Please note that housing prices listed are per semester and can change at any time. These costs are reasonable estimates. Housing and meal costs will vary according to individual choices. Students who choose to live on the UNC Charlotte campus will pay housing and meal costs to UNC Charlotte. Students who live in privately-owned apartments will pay monthly rent to the property owner.
  • Location
    • United States Charlotte, North Carolina
    • Location
      English Language Training Institute
      Office of International Programs
      University of North Carolina, Charlotte

      9201 University City Blvd. CHHS Building Room 267 Charlotte, North Carolina  28223  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Charlotte Douglas International Airport:
      Students can travel from the airport UNC Charlotte by taxi (approximately 20 minute ride) for approximately US $30.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.0
      School Environment: 4.5
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 3.7
      Accommodation: 4.0


    • There are 15 reviews for this school

    • 익명
      [ Seoul, South Korea, Age 20, Female ]
      33 of 42 people found the following review helpful.
      A Nice Place to Study!
      It's a really nice place to study. The weather was good, the housing was good and fewer students from Asia than I expected. I also wanted to find a school that was somewhat urban and somewhat rural. It was a perfect place for me. It is difficult however to get around without a car. It takes about 30 min to go to supermarket by bus. You can have meals on campus, but there aren't many restaurants or stores around campus. However, it's a really good place to study. The people and the weather are perfect. I was living on-campus, and I prefer living on-campus. It's much cheaper to live off-campus, but it's easier to experience campus life on-campus.
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      Korean Student
      [ Seoul, Korea ]

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      [ 杭州, 中国, Age 30, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

      [ charlotte, U.S.A, Age 26, Male ]
      6 of 9 people found the following review helpful.
      영어권 환경.
      아마 큰도시의 학교들은 한국인이나 한인타운때문에 생활에도 학교에서도 한국어를 많이사용할겁니다. 이곳 UNCC은 한국인이 거의없습니다. 그리고 시골이라 한인도 많이 없습니다. 영어를 배우는 환경이기엔 정말 좋은 곳인것 같습니다. 레벨도 1~7까지 처음에 시험을 치룬후에 자기에 맞는 클래스도 들어가게 됩니다. 교수진과 사무직에서 도움을 주시는분들도 정말 가족처럼 친절하게 잘 대해줍니다. 교육내용도 따분하지않고 대외적활동도 하며 방과후에는 미국친구들을 많이 사귈수있도록 홀을빌려 커피타임도 갖습니다. 한국인 대부분은 소극적이고 미국인들은 굉장히 적극적이라 먼저 다가와 친해질수도 있습니다.

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 37, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      UNCC 에서 느낀점
      제가 공부를 UNCC에서 한 것은 2006년 1월부터 여름학기까지 였습니다. 낯설은 이국에 와서 공부를 한다는 것이 쉽지 않았는데 가르치는 선생님과 스텝들이 친철하게 대하여 주었습니다. 각 파트 선생님들은 나름대로 파트별로 체계적으로 가르쳐 주셨고 많은 도움을 누릴 수 있었습니다. 그리고 학교 시설도 이용할 수 있어서 너무 좋았습니다. 특히 행정을 맡으신 분이 너무 친절하게 대하여 주셔서
      많은 도움이 되었습니다.

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 31, Male ]
      UNCC at Charlotte
      학교수업, 기숙사, 방과후 활동, 주변환경 등 전반적인 만족도는 매우 높습니다. 수업 레벨이 여러단계로 구성되어 있어 비슷한 수준의 classmate와 공부할 수 있으며 선생님들의 경험또한 풍부하셔서 부족한 부분을 잘아십니다. 학교 기숙사를 이용할 경우 미국친구들을 만날 기회가 많이 있어 클럽활동 등을 통해 자연스레 많은 native들을 사귈 수 있습니다. 학교 환경은 캠퍼스가 아름답고 안전하다고 생각합니다.

      [ 三重, 日本, Age 22, Male ]
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      English Language Training Institute

      [ 兵庫県, 日本, Age 23, Female ]
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.

      [ Barquisimeto, Venezuela, Age 23, Female ]
      26 of 27 people found the following review helpful.
      Podría recomendarlos a todas las personas, la experiencia de estidiar en UNCC ha sido la mejor. Estoy enamorada de esta institución, de sus excelentes profesores y toda su gente.

      [ 江苏省, 中国, Age 23, Male ]

      [ 台中縣, 台灣, Age 35, Female ]

      [ 台中, 台灣, Age 20, Female ]

      [ taipei, Taiwan, Age 20, Female ]

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 23, Female ]

      [ 충남 보령시, 한국 ]
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