Intensive English Program

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Are you planning to study at an American university?

Prepare for academic success on the campus of Jacksonville State University!

ELI On-Campus Program

Through 140 hours of live instruction, the teachers of the English Language Institute will guide you through hundreds of activities to prepare you for the language and academic requirements of university study. 

The following intensive English courses emphasize communicative proficiency—the ability to express yourself effectivelyso you can be confident that you will have the real-world skills to succeed:

Listening, Speaking, and Critical Thinking

You will work on your verbal skills, especially your ability to communicate successfully at university. In addition, you will practice the critical thinking skills that your academic studies will require.

Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking

Learn to read, write, and research at the university level. In addition to gaining academic language skills, you will learn to think critically about what you are reading and writing, and to participate in discussions and collaborate with other students on team projects.

Public Speaking & Presentation

Become more confident organizing and delivering speeches and presentations. You will deliver three full presentations per session.

American Pronunciation

Practice listening for and producing the sounds of American English, including pronunciation, intonation ("melody"), stress patterns ("rhythm"), and other elements that fluent speakers use.

Conversation Partners

To practice the English that you're learning in the classroom, and to learn more about the University and American culture, you will be matched with a JSU student with whom you will meet regularly under the guidance of an ELI teacher.


ELI on-campus 2021 schedule


While you are studying on the university campus in Jacksonville, in addition to studying in the courses above, you will also learn how to use university services and facilities (such as the library and fitness center), observe JSU undergraduate classes, meet JSU professors and students, and enjoy cultural, sports, and other university events with the guidance of an ELI teacher.

And beyond the JSU campus your teachers will lead trips to nearby attractions such as NASA's Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, the Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, the World of Coca-Cola in Atlanta, and the beautiful Mt. Cheaha State Park, Little River Canyon, and Cathedral Caverns. 

Studying English is hard work, but it's more fun if you have interesting experiences to talk and write about. See for yourself at the ELI Facebook page and our Students' Stories page!


There are two sessions. You may register for the first, the second, or both. If you wish to register for both sessions, please apply by March 15.

Session Application due * Session start Session end
2021 ELI - Intensive English 1 March 15, 2021 May 18, 2021 June 25, 2021
2021 ELI - Intensive English 2 May 1, 2021 July 1, 2021 August 13, 2021

Note: When purchasing your ticket, remember that you need to arrive in Jacksonville for your required Orientation a few days before the start of the session.


Tuition and fees include all courses, events, and activities described above.

  One session Both sessions *
Tuition $1,950 $3,700
Fees $510 $660
Dormitory housing $1,000 $2,000
Meal plan $840 $1,680
$4,300 $8,040

* Register for both sessions and save $200 on tuition.

Note: The prices above do not include books (~$50 per session), required medical insurance (~$300 per session), or personal expenses. Note also that housing and meal costs are estimates, and that the University reserves the right to change prices without notice.


Before you apply, please note that the Intensive English Program is not intended for Beginners. In your application, you will be asked to state your highest score on one of the following English tests: 

Test* Minimum score
IELTS 4.0+
TOEFL Paper 420+
PTE Academic 38+
VEPT 35+

* If you have not yet taken one of these tests, please use the "Request Information" form below to ask how you can take ELI's free, online placement test.

When you are ready to apply to the on-campus program, click the link below to complete an application to the English Language Institute's Intensive English Program:

Apply to ELI's On-Campus Intensive English Program

Immediately after you submit your application you will receive a confirmation email with instructions to send scanned copies of passport and financial information so that the university's International Admissions office can prepare your student immigration documents. If you will only be studying online, you may ignore these requirements.

The teachers at the English Language Institute look forward to serving you in sunny Jacksonville, Alabama!

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The English Language Institute at Jacksonville State University is a member of EnglishUSA: the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

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