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University of Central Missouri (UCM)

English Language Institute (ELI) [Warrensburg, Missouri]


  • Advanced-level students are eligible to take UCM academic courses while completing IEP classes.
  • UCM’s ELI offers a variety of affordable ESL course options designed to meet the needs of degree-seekers and short-term program students.
  • Safe town life of Warrensburg, with access to cities in the US via plane, train, or bus services nearby, and a network of support in UCM’s staff, faculty and students.
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • UCM’s English Language Institute (ELI) was founded in 1992 and has served thousands of international students from around the world. The ELI was the first four-year university program to achieve full CEA accreditation in the state of Missouri. ELI’s mission is to provide dynamic English language instruction and cultural programming for students who want to succeed in an American university, develop career language skills, or to meet their personal goals.

      Outside the classroom, the ELI offers a Conversation Partner Program that matches a US student with an international student each semester. English Café is a popular weekly social group where American and international students talk, play games, and learn about each other’s cultures. ELI Voyagers is a program where new international students can attend UCM activities together with more experienced students. The ELI is committed to helping students feel that UCM is home. These groups provide just a part of the cultural programming available. The ELI also organizes bi-weekly activities and day trips around the Midwest that explore a variety of aspects of American Culture.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1871
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA / CEA, HLC, TESOL
      Enrollment : 50
      Average Class Size : 10
      Airport Pickup : Available
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Rural
      Transportation : Bus, Train, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Welcome to UCM’s English Language Institute!
      We are excited that you are considering our school and our ESL programs. We opened in 1992, and we are the first four-year public university in the state of Missouri to have received CEA accreditation. Over the years, our programs have provided thousands of students from over 60 different countries with English language support and a unique American cultural experience. Our alumni are now teachers, computer analysts, journalists, doctors, lawyers, engineers, CEOs, and entrepreneurs—and the list goes on. They have received multiple degrees and promotions and continue to travel the world, proud to be part of our UCM family. Their experience at UCM has equipped them with the skills needed to compete in all areas of the world arena, and they remain in touch with their alma mater, UCM, because they consider it to be their second home. Come join us!

      Ms. Valerie Heming
      Director, English Language Institute and Intensive English Program
      University of Central Missouri
    • University of Central Missouri (UCM)
      English Language Institute (ELI)

      Elliot Student Union 302500 S Holden
      Warrensburg, Missouri  64093  U.S.A.
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Students attending ELI have the option, while attending the program, to live in on-campus housing arranged by the school. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities, and other students – both American and international. It’s important to apply early for on-campus housing. It is the student’s responsibility to make their own individual housing arrangements. The program can provide students with information about all available local housing options. For more detailed information, please contact ApplyESL and/or the school’s admissions staff.
    • Surrounding Area
    • UCM is located in Missouri, which is the heart of the United States. Warrensburg is a town of about 20,000 and the university adds 12,000 more people each year, including 900 international students from around the world. The university is less than an hour’s drive from Kansas City, home of Jazz music, the Kansas City Royals (2015 World Series baseball winners), and an impressive sports, art, music, and shopping scene. Missouri has more beach land around its many beautiful lakes than the state of California’s coastline as well as over 6,000 caves, and it is home to a melting pot of cultures including several large Amish and Mennonnite communities and 7 Native American tribes.

      Warrensburg has access to Amtrak train services, Uber, and taxi service. UCM has a local transportation service that helps students get around town as well as a shuttle service between the main campus and Lee’s Summit UCM branch—the Missouri Innovation Center, home to some of our state-of-the-art STEM programs.
    • About the College/University
    • Established in 1871, UCM is a moderately selective university of approximately 12,000 students including over 900 international students from 50+ countries. It has competitive tuition rates and viable overall costs which make UCM a great value for both American and international students.

      The University of Central Missouri provides students opportunities to become lifelong learners, dedicated to service, with the knowledge, skills and confidence to succeed and lead in the region, state, nation and world. Champions of Student Success, UCM's Learning to a Greater Degree Contract is the school’s promise that with commitment, students will be able to complete a more valuable degree on time. UCM fosters a community of engagement by providing resources for success, such as the Student Success Center and Writing Center. UCM is proud of their more than 90 percent employment rate for students six months after graduation.

      UCM 4 Reasons to Believe (in a UCM education) are
      - A Culture of service
      - Engaged Learning
      - Future-Focused Academics
      - Worldly Perspective

      Some of the most popular degree programs for international students include Computer Science, Computer Information Systems, Cyber Security, Big Data, Mathematics, Engineering Technology, Music, Music Technology, Business, Aviation, Exercise Management/Athletic Training, Nutrition, Kinesiology, Safety/Industrial Technology, Criminal Justice, Mass Communication, Automotive Technology, Civil Engineering, and Agricultural Management.

      UCM offers conditional admission and a pathway program for both undergraduate and graduate students. Students in the pathway program (ELIPS) are able to take academic courses and Intensive English Program courses at the same time.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program (IEP)

    • Overview
    • Students meet Monday through Thursday for 4 core courses: Reading, Writing, Grammar, and Listening/Speaking. Students can take elective courses in Pronunciation, American Culture, Vocabulary, and a one-on-one Tutorial. IEP Courses include 20-22 hours per week in the classroom, and bi-weekly activities each session. Each core course meets 4 hours per week plus 1 hour of lab time. Electives meet 2 hours per week. Each course has Student Learning Outcomes (SLO), and students move up in level after they meet all SLOs (8 weeks per level).
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 10 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 9 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8,16,24,32,40 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 Years Old
      REQUIREMENT: High School Graduate
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Admission
      HOUSING: On-Campus Housing
    • Dates
    • 2021
      16 WEEKS:
      8/17 - 12/11
      Apply by 7/1

      16 WEEKS:
      1/11 - 5/7
      Apply by 10/1

    • Costs
      TUITION FEE (2021 - 2022)
      8 WEEKS US$ 3,262
      16 WEEKS US$ 6,524
      8 - 40 WEEKS N/A US$ 175 Per Week N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      US$ 85 (Kansas City International Airport (MCI)
    • 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 Warrensburg, Missouri
    • Location
      University of Central Missouri (UCM)
      English Language Institute (ELI)

      Elliot Student Union 302500 S Holden Warrensburg, Missouri  64093  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Kansas City International Airport (MCI):
      The school arranges airport pick-up service that costs US$ 85 and brings students directly to the campus in approximately 80 minutes.
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