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Oklahoma State University

English Language Institute (ELI) [Stillwater, Oklahoma]


  • The ELI has been described by reviewers as "exemplary" and a "model university program."
  • In 2013, OSU was selected by The Princeton Review as one of the 75 Best Value Colleges.
  • The friendly Stillwater community has been recognized as "Dream Town, USA - #6 Best Small City in America."

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Established in 1970, the English Language Institute (ELI) at Oklahoma State University is an intensive program designed to help international students achieve the English proficiency essential to enter an American college or university. It is also suitable for individuals wishing to learn English for personal or professional purposes. The ELI is housed in the beautiful Wes Watkins Center, a state-of-the-art facility that is a hub of international activity on the OSU campus. Many workshops, seminars, lectures and global briefings are held in the building throughout the year, thus providing ELI students excellent opportunities to meet with guests from the OSU and Stillwater communities, government officials, and representatives of business and industry. ELI students have full access to OSU facilities and enjoy using the Edmon Low Library, the Student Union, the University Hospital, the fitness center, and university computer labs. 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 : 1970
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, NCA, State of Oklahoma
      Enrollment : 75
      Average Class Size : 15
      Airport Pickup : Available from School
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from the Oklahoma State University (OSU) English Language Institute (ELI) in the Heartland of America! You have just found the perfect place to study English in an intensive setting. Whether you are a prospective university student, a business person, or someone who wants to learn English for personal reasons, we can help.

      As a unit of Oklahoma State University, the Institute is accredited through the North Central Association. In addition, its approval by the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education and its membership in the prestigious UCIEP consortium attest to the high quality of our curriculum and instruction.

      The ELI faculty join me in extending you an invitation to study with us in our beautiful modern facility. You will be warmly received and professionally guided toward achieving your goals. I genuinely hope to have the opportunity to welcome you personally to the Oklahoma State University English Language Institute. We look forward to receiving your application through!
      Fred Griffiths
      Director, English Language Institute (ELI)
    • English Language Institute
      Oklahoma State University

      307 Wes Watkins Center
      Stillwater, Oklahoma  74078-8087  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (405) 744-7519
      FAX: +1 (405) 744-7520
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • While attending ELI, students have the option to live in campus dormitories or campus apartments. Those living on-campus are close to classes, activities and other students – both American and international. Students are encouraged to make their housing arrangements as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. The ELI may provide students with information about private off-campus apartments; however, it is the student's responsibility to make individual arrangements. To review the many housing options available, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The OSU campus is located in Stillwater, a safe, friendly city situated in north central Oklahoma and home to 38,000 residents. Often called Oklahoma’s "premier education community," Stillwater is a classic university city that is the regional focus of cultural, recreational and agricultural activities, as well as home to a diverse mix of business and industry, from manufacturing to advanced technology. The city’s gracious community boasts one of the lowest crime rates in the state, one of its many reasons for earning the "Dream Town, USA - #6 Best Small City in America" title from Demographics Daily Online Magazine. Outdoor and sports enthusiasts enjoy the area’s numerous parks and championship golf courses, one named a "Five Star" by Golf Digest, as well as a chain of five lakes offering a wide range of activities, including boating, camping, fishing, hiking, mountain biking, and water skiing. Stillwater residents enjoy typically mild winters and hot summers, with temperatures ranging from 0°C during January and February to 38°C in July and August. Regardless of temperature, Oklahomans experience bright sunshine and blue skies most the year. The metropolitan cities of Tulsa and Oklahoma City are both an easy 1-hour drive from campus.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1890, Oklahoma State University (OSU) is a nationally-recognized, public, comprehensive research university ranked as one of America’s top 20 values in public higher education by Consumers Digest Magazine. Comprised of five campuses, OSU has a system-wide enrollment of over 30,000 students. OSU’s main campus in Stillwater is home to 23,000 students, including 2,200 international students from more than 120 nations around the world, and more than 1,150 full-time faculty members. The 840-acre campus is one of exceptional beauty graced by modified Gregorian-style architecture. At the heart of campus, students enjoy using the impressive Student Union, a popular gathering place complete with hotel and theater facilities, a post office, and restaurants. OSU offers its students bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in more than 190 degree programs among the University’s eight colleges: Arts & Sciences, Agriculture, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, Human Environmental Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate College. OSU’s athletic department has long been known as one of the most tradition-rich programs in the country. With a total accumulation of 44 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) National Championships over the years, OSU is the fourth-most successful sports program in NCAA history. The University community is alive with excitement come game season, with students, faculty, and members of the community proudly wearing the school colors of orange and black to support their championship team, "The Cowboys."
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • No conditional admission to the university is available.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • The Intensive English Program offers flexible start dates for 8 and 16-week programs throughout the year including: Spring, Mid-spring, Summer, Fall, and Mid-Fall. Students enrolled in the program receive 20 mandatory hours of instruction per week, plus an optional 2-5 hours of pronunciation practice and TOEFL practice. In addition, enrolled students can join the social and volunteer opportunities mentioned below for a rich cultural experience. ELI is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, a lively yet safe American college town which showcases the rich Western heritage of the area.

      The program offers 6 levels, from beginning to advanced. Upon arrival, students take a placement exam to determine the level best suited to their ability. Upon completion of each level, students receive progress reports showing grades, attendance figures, and performance evaluations. The mission of the English Language Institute is primarily to prepare students to enter an academic program and achieve success in Oklahoma State University, or any other American university; however, we also welcome students who wish to improve their English for other than academic reasons. An Institutional TOEFL is administered five times a year, two exams in Spring and Fall and one in Summer.

      Classes in all skill areas (listening/speaking, reading, writing, structure) are offered at all levels. Students can spend time in the ELI laboratory during their free time to complement their studies. Classroom size ranges from 10 to 15 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction. Our highly trained instructors have, at minimum, an M.A.TESOL; some have Ph.Ds. All are skilled teachers who have lived and taught abroad, and most speak at least one other language. Their own experience living and learning in another culture helps them teach creatively and compassionately.

      A regular program of social activities is arranged for ELI students and can include American holiday celebrations, picnics, sports events, and day trips. In addition, the program features volunteer opportunities which serve as ideal situations for English practice, and enhanced exposure to American culture.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 - 15 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 6 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,16 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon receipt of required documents
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • Costs
      US$ 125
      TUITION FEE (2019-2021)
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,200-2,300
      16 WEEKS US$ 4,200-4,400
      US$ 30
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 1,500 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing fees do include meals.
    • Currently preparing for next term.
  • Location
    • United States Stillwater, Oklahoma
    • Location
      English Language Institute
      Oklahoma State University

      307 Wes Watkins Center Stillwater, Oklahoma  74078-8087  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Tulsa International Airport:
      It is the student's responsibility to arrange his/her own transportation from the airport to campus. Taxis are available at the airport. The trip takes about one hour and will cost approximately US$120

      From Oklahoma City Will Rogers World Airport:
      The ELI offers airport pick-up service which costs US$100 and delivers the student directly to campus. Students are required to request airport pick-up service prior to departing their home country. Taxis are also available at the airport. The trip takes about one hour and will cost approximately US$120.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 3.8
      School Environment: 4.3
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.4
      Activities and Social Life: 3.5
      Accommodation: 4.2


    • There are 11 reviews for this school

    • Hussein
      [ Thu qar, Iraq, Age 25, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      ELI & OSU
      It s a good place to study because the teachers here push students to study and enjoy their life. I like the relaxing environment here.
      I just took one semester at OSU, and now I feel the improvement in my English. So I'll go on and achieve my goals here.
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      Alisha Chang
      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 23, Female ]
      4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      The Best ELI in OSU!
      I want to suggest OSU because they have a complete educational system and good teachers. Also there are not too many students from Taiwan so you can totally improve your English pretty fast. The main campus in Stillwater is huge and pretty. They give students a lot of creative space to develop their learning. I had a good time and learned a lot of things from there, not only studying but also becoming more independent.
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    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
    • ApplyESL claims no responsibility for errors in, or the quality of, machine translations provided by Google Translate.

      [ 新竹市, 台灣, Age 22, Female ]
      9 of 10 people found the following review helpful.


      [ Korea, Korea ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      esl을 참가할 경우 봄방학, 가을방학에 여행 한번씩 갑니다. 차가 없다면 불편하게 지내실 수 있습니다. 한국 사람은 200명 정도라고 되어있는데 그보다는 조금 더 많고 흑인보다 아시아인이 많은 전형적인 백인 남부 도시입니다. 도시는 스몰 타운이라 매우 조용한 도시 입니다.

      [ 부천, 한국, Age 22, Female ]
      3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      공부하기에 좋은 환경
      어학연수의 기본 목표는 영어능력향상이라고 생각합니다. 그런 면에서 볼때 OSU는 공부하기에 좋은 환경을 지녔습니다. 시골이라는 느낌이 좀 드는 지역인데요 사람들이 대부분이 친절하고 이야기하는 것을 좋아해서 말하기 연습을 하기에 좋은 조건을 가지고 있습니다. 숙박시설의 경우 기숙사가 기본이고 학교 아파트가 있어서 마음이 맞는 외국친구를 찾는다면 같이 살아볼수 있는 기회를 가질수 있습니다. 야외활동부분이 좀 미흡한데요 여름학기를 제외하고는 일주일간 여행이 있기는 하지만 그 활동이 전부라서 좀 아쉬운 면이 있습니다.

      [ 경기도 성남시 분당, 대한민국, Age 25, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Oklahoma state University ELI.
      1.수업:토플위주의 수업으로 구성이 되어있습니다. 또한 PBT책으로 수업시간에 토플 리스닝과 리딩 문법을 연습합니다.
      2.쇼핑몰이나 아울렛은 없기 때문에 학기 내에 쇼핑을 하시려면 1시간 30분 정도 걸리는 오클라호마시티나 털사로 가셔야 합니다. 분위기는 상당히 조용합니다.
      3.학교스태프:사실 ELI는 사람이 많은 어학원이 아니기 때문에 서류처리 같은 문제의 특별한 문제는 없습니다.
      4.야외활동: 이 곳은 공부하는 곳이다 라고 모두 말합니다. 왜냐하면 야외활동 할 것이 없기 때문입니다. 운동을 할 수는 있지만 쇼핑을 한다거나 어디를 놀러간다거나 하려고 하신다면 1시간 30분을 걸려서 시내로 나가야 합니다.
      5.숙박시설: 새로운 기숙사(를 지었습니다)에서 미국인들과 같이 살 수도 있기때문에 기숙사를 추천하고 싶습니다.

      [ 서울, 대한민국, Age 29, Male ]
      2 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
      everything is great
      오면 아는데....
      상상 이상의 경험....
      않좋은거는 없음....

      [ 台中縣, 台中縣, Age 27, Female ]

      Jinah Jang
      [ Seoul, South Korea, Age 20, Female ]

      [ tokyo, JAPAN, Age 27, Male ]

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 21, Female ]
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