The English Language Institute at the University of Pittsburgh has five essential functions at the University.
The first function of the Institute is to offer non-credit courses in English as a second language for international students who want to improve their English for academic, professional, or personal reasons. In addition to instruction, the ELI provides students with opportunities to experience life on an American university campus and to interact with members of the university campus and the local community.
The second function of the ELI is to assist the University by testing students who are non-native speakers of English. There are two aspects to this function. First, the ELI tests international teaching assistants to ensure compliance with the legal requirements of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Second, the ELI assists the University in validating the English proficiency of non-native speakers of English who are matriculating in University programs.
The third function is to provide English language support for students who are non-native speakers of English and who have already matriculated at the University of Pittsburgh. The ELI offers credit and non-credit courses for students who may need additional assistance. In addition, when feasible, the ELI provides specialized English instruction to programs that request such assistance.
The fourth function is to provide expertise for various other University related endeavors that involve ESL, TESOL, and international issues.
The fifth function is to actively participate in and contribute to the development of the field of English as a Second Language, especially in areas of classroom instruction, professional development, program structure and administrative practices.
program was designed for international students who want to
improve their English for academic, professional, or personal
reasons. Located on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh,
the ELI provides students with an opportunity to experience
life on an American university campus and interact with American
students come from all over the world. In a typical term,
there are students from 20-25 countries. The ELI offers: