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University of Connecticut (UCONN)

American English Language Institute (UCAELI) [Storrs, CT]


  • Meet informally and practice English with conversation partners through the Conversation Partner Program
  • Transitional Program available for advanced students who may combine UCAELI and University credit courses
  • Enjoy living in Storrs, a picturesque and charming college town located midway between New York City and Boston
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Established in 1990, the University of Connecticut American English Language Institute (UCAELI) provides students with high-quality English language instruction to help them attain their personal, academic, and professional goals. Many students enrolled in the Intensive English Program are preparing to enter a degree program, either at the University of Connecticut or at other equally prestigious American colleges or universities. UCAELI allows students to concentrate on developing their English skills while experiencing the rich culture of a university community. Each session, students from around the world come to UCAELI to receive outstanding English language instruction and individual attention from both UCAELI instructors and advising staff. Students gain full access to the University of Connecticut campus facilities and enjoy using the swimming pools, exercise centers, the university library, the student health center, and computer labs with Internet access. A regular program of social activities is also arranged for students and can include international dinners and dance parties, ice skating, skiing, sledding, camping, visiting amusement parks, and trips to nearby Boston and New York City. UCAELI is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and is a proud member of AAIEP, the American Associate of Intensive English Programs promoting professional standards and high-quality English programs.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public
      Establishment : 1990
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 50
      Average Class Size : 12
      Airport Pickup : Yes
      Tuition : Medium
      Community Type : Rural
      Transportation : Bus, taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Connecticut!
      We warmly welcome you to the University of Connecticut American English Language Institute (UCAELI) and invite you to review our profile on UCAELI is an exceptionally supportive English language program based at the University of Connecticut, the leading public university in New England. Since 1990, UCAELI has provided instruction to thousands of students from countries throughout the world. UCAELI supports all students in pursuit of their goals with the highest quality instruction and access to the University's full range of academic, professional, social and cultural resources. The top-ranked public university in New England, the University of Connecticut has its main campus in historically scenic Storrs - midway between New York City and Boston. We greatly look forward to welcoming you to our international community of learners.
      Director, UCAELI
    • American English Language Institute
      University of Connecticut

      2011 Hillside Road, Unit 1198McMahon Residence Hall #180
      Storrs, CT  06269-1198  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (860) 486-2127
      FAX: +1 (860) 486-3834
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending UCAELI, students have the opportunity to live in on-campus dormitories or to enjoy a homestay experience. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students – both American and international. UCAELI also arranges homestays for those students who want to experience American culture as a member of a family and practice their English. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The UCAELI may provide students with information about private off-campus apartments however it is the students’ responsibility to make their individual arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University campus is located in Storrs, a charming college town situated in northeastern Connecticut and home to 10,000 residents. Located midway between New York City and Boston, Storrs offers its residents a beautiful, rural landscape of pastures, hilltop cornfields, and picturesque barns paired with the lively atmosphere of the UConn campus. During the college basketball season, Storrs comes alive with excitement as both students and residents alike cheer on UConn’s championship team, The Huskies. Storrs is situated only 40 minutes from Hartford, the state capital, 30 minutes from the quaint port town of New London, and a mere 10 minutes from Willimantic, the home of the Eastern Connecticut State University campus. The classic shores of Cape Cod and the renowned ski slopes of Vermont and New Hampshire are popular weekend destinations among UConn students. Boston, a city rich with artistic, social and intellectual opportunities, and the beaches of Rhode Island’ are both a 90-minute drive from campus, while New York City, the center of cultural diversity, art, world-class entertainment and finance, is a 3-hour drive from Storrs.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1881, the University of Connecticut (UConn) is a premier public research institution ranked #1 in New England by the U.S. News & World Report for its excellent academic programs, knowledgeable professors, and top-notch athletics. UConn’s main campus is located on a beautiful 4,000-acre setting in Storrs and is home to 14,700 undergraduate and 3,800 graduate students, and 1,200 faculty members. The University also maintains five regional campuses in Avery Point, Hartford, Stamford, Torrington and Waterbury. Comprised of 17 academic schools and colleges, UConn offers its students 8 undergraduate degrees and 103 undergraduate majors, 13 graduate degrees and 87 areas of specialization, and 5 professional degree programs. UConn maintains a strong tradition of student involvement in the campus community; students are actively involved in more than 250 clubs and organizations, including 22 nationally-ranked men and women varsity teams, volunteer groups, theater ensembles, and student-run media, including the radio station WHUS, and The Daily Campus newspaper, and the cable television station, UCTV. Students are avid fans of their national champion sports teams, “The Huskies.” UConn’s teams compete at the highest level of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and are consistently ranked among the best in the United States.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Upon receiving permission from the UCAELI, advanced-level students may attend classes at the University of Connecticut and earn course credit. No conditional admission to the university is available.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • The Intensive English Program offers two 15-week sessions beginning in August and January and one 6-week session during the summer. Students enrolled in the Program receive 23 hours of in-class instruction per week.

      The Program offers 4 levels of English classes, from beginning to advanced. At the beginning of the session, students take English proficiency tests to help determine the level best-suited to their ability. At the end of a session, students review their academic progress with their instructors. Students who satisfactorily complete a session are eligible to receive a Certificate of Study.

      Students in all levels of instruction study the fundamentals of English speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, and communication. Elective courses are also part of the curriculum, allowing students to study specific areas of interest while building their core language skills. Students choose two elective courses per session to study areas including TOEFL Preparation and Pronunciation, Current Events, Business English, Academic Skills, Vocabulary Building, and Cross-Cultural Communication. Upon permission of the UCAELI director, advanced-level students may audit or take for credit university classes in their area of interest in order to become familiar with the lecture and discussion format of regular university classes.

      Additionally, students can participate in the Conversation Partner Program and be matched with a partner, usually a UConn student, for informal conversation once or twice a week. Other clubs available on-campus allow students to interact with native English speakers and participate in socio-cultural and educational activities, film showings, or informal gatherings.

      Classroom sizes range from 8 to 12 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 8 - 12 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 4,6,15 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 16 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: Minimum of 1 year of Previous English Study
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2021
      6 WEEKS:
      5/17 - 6/257/12 - 8/20

      15 WEEKS:
      8/30 - 12/17

    • Costs
      US$ 150
      TUITION FEE (2020-2021)
      4 WEEKS US$ 2,000
      6 WEEKS US$ 2,600
      15 WEEKS US$ 5,250
      4 WEEKS N/A US$ 644-1,428 N/A
      6 WEEKS N/A US$ 966 -1,134 N/A
      15 WEEKS US$ 2,600-3,400 US$ 3,514-6,800 US$ 2,500-3,500
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 90
      Health Insurance
      US$ 1,452 Per Semester
    • 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 Storrs, Connecticut
    • Location
      American English Language Institute
      University of Connecticut

      2011 Hillside Road, Unit 1198McMahon Residence Hall #180 Storrs, CT  06269-1198  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Bradley International Airport:
      UCAELI arranges airport pick-up service that costs US$75 and brings students directly to the University campus in approximately 60 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.4
      School Environment: 4.6
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.6
      Activities and Social Life: 4.1
      Accommodation: 4.4


    • There are 10 reviews for this school

    • Vigi
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 23, Female ]
      78 of 88 people found the following review helpful.
      Great school
      UCAELI is a wonderful school for learning English. They have a very great campus and teachers, all staff are very kind to everyone. I love UCAELI :D
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      Tae ki
      [ Daejeun, S. Korea, Age 26, Male ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      Just As Your Hometown
      The UConn staff was very friendly to me. First of all the instructors were all kind and gentle to all the students. Once I had a complaint to the airline, so I had to write a form. If the instructor didn't help me, I doubt that I could make it. Also the students at Uconn were very open to foreign students.
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    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
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      [ Taipei, Taiwan ]
      1 of 2 people found the following review helpful.

      [ seoul, korea, Male ]
      3 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      다른 학교는 잘 모르겟는데 선생님들도 좋고 잘 가르쳐 주세요~
      한국사람은 별로 없어서 장점이자 단점인거 같아요
      또 싸우디 아라비아 칭구들이 좀 많은게 단점이긴 한데,
      대체적으로 저는 만족하고 잇어요

      [ 인천, 대한민국, Age 23, Male ]
      2 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      이학교는 공부하는데 참 좋은 환경이 되있습니다.
      주위 중요도시가는게 힘들긴 하지만
      공부나 스탭친절도 그리고 여기 학생들의 친절도가
      매우 좋습니다.
      반년신청했지만 실력이 많이 늘었습니다.

      [ 전주, 대한민국, Age 25, Male ]
      6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.
      공부에 관심있으신 분들께 추천합니다.
      교사들의 역량이 뛰어나고 한인 학생 비율이 적습니다. 현재(2010년 3월) 터키 국비장학생들이 이 프로그램을 이용하고 있기 때문에(약 20여명 남짓) 한인 학생 비율이 높아질 수가 없습니다. 캠퍼스 경관이 뛰어나고, 기숙사에 거주하게 된다면 각종 시설 이용이 자유로우며, UCAELI 친구들과 많은 것들을 함께 할 수 있을 것입니다. 매 학기 Conversation Parter 프로그램을 운영하기 때문에 Native Speaker들과 이야기할 기회도 많습니다. 글 제목에서도 말씀드렸다시피, 공부하고자 하는 학생이라면 이 곳은 그야말로 완벽한 장소입니다. 그러나 대도시 생활은 아닙니다. 특히나 서울을 벗어나지 않았던 분들이라면 쉽사리 익숙해지지 않을 것입니다. 보스턴과 뉴욕 사이에 위치한 학교여서 흔히들 대도시로의 여행이 자유로운 것으로 생각할 수 있지만, 대중교통이 좋은 편이 아니어서 쉽사리 움직일 수는 없습니다. 거의 격주 금요일마다 있는 UCAELI Trip이 답답함을 해소해 줄 수는 있을 것입니다. 홈스테이는 주인집 사정에 따라 만족도가 매우 차이가 나는데, 제 경우에는 무척 좋은 분들이어서 아주 만족하고 있습니다.

      [ Seoul, Korea, Age 23, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      University of Connecticut
      공부하기에 좋은 학교.
      선생님들도 잘 가르쳐주시고, 스태프들은 아주 친절함.
      난이도는 때에 따라서 종종 약간 쉬운 경우가 있음.
      그러나 난이도 별로 클래스가 정해지므로 그렇게 문제가 되지는 않음.
      단점이라하면 시골지역이라 공부외에 달리 미국 문화체험등을 사적으로 할 기회가 없음. 그러나 매주 금요일마다 문화체험 및 지역 답사를 함께하므로 어느 정도 단점 보완이 됨.

      Jun-seong Chung
      [ University of Connecticut, U.S.A, Age 27, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      University of Connecticut, American English Language Institute (UCAELI)에서의 잊을 수 없는 추억과 삶
      University of Connecticut, American English Language Institute (UCAELI)에서 군대 제대 후 약 8개월 가량 2학기를 보냈습니다. 처음으로 만난 학교 스태프의 친절함에 매우 놀랐었고, 그곳에서 만난 학생들 모두 한국에 돌아온 지금도 연락을 하고 지낼 정도로 저의 삶 일부를 차지하고 있습니다.
      특히, 그곳 프로그램의 하나였던 conversation partner와의 만남은 외국인과 한국인 1:1 비율로 여가시간에 만나 영어 회화를 했던 것이 그곳의 문화와 삶을 쉽게 배우는데 도움이 많이 됐던것 같네요.
      일단 주립대여서 그런지 학교의 모든 환경은 정말 대 만족할 정도로 마음에 들었고요, 당연히 안전합니다. 또한, 약간 시골틱하면서도 주변 Boston, New york의 대도시에 방학기간동안 차를 이용하여 갈 수 있기 때문에 실망 안하셔도 됩니다. 학기가 끝나면 짧은 방학 기간에 캠핑, 뉴욕여행 등 activity 활동을 정말 잘 짜주셔서 타지에서 지루함 없이 즐겁게 보냈던 것 같네요. 저는 이곳 대학에 입학하고 싶었을 정도로 University of Connecticut에서의 생활을 잊을 수 없습니다. 한 평생 살면서 다시한번 느껴보고, 경험하고 싶은 정말 좋은 추억이었네요.^^

      [ 神奈川県, 日本, Age 33, Female ]
      11 of 12 people found the following review helpful.

      Aida Torres
      [ Bogota, colombia, Age 32, Female ]
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