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Intensive English Program

The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Pittsburgh offers a CEA-accredited Intensive English program with classes at five proficiency levels: high beginning*, low intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate and low advanced. High beginning is approximately equivalent to 24 on the internet-based TOEFL. There are no classes for students who place below the high beginning level.

*Please note that the high beginning level 2 classes will not run if fewer than 10 students register.

The ELI Intensive English Program focuses on language skills for academic, professional and personal needs, and includes classes for:

  • Speaking - developing presentation skills, building fluency, and improving pronunciation

  • Writing - improving organization and accuracy, writing essays and research papers

  • Listening - developing comprehension skills for understanding lectures, radio and TV programs, and conversational English

  • Reading - developing vocabulary, increasing reading fluency, and improving comprehension

  • Grammar learning and applying grammar in order to communicate effectively)

Full-time students receive 20 hours of intensive English instruction each week per academic term (13 weeks). The first week includes a placement test, orientation, registration, and one day of classes. The last week includes final exams and the Closing Ceremony. Terms begin in September, January and May.

Classes in speaking, listening, reading, writing, and grammar meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Part-time study is available for students who are not on a student visa (F-1) sponsored by the ELI. Click here to view the current ELI class schedule and ELI final exam schedule.

Campus Life

ELI students are part of the University of Pittsburgh community and can use all libraries, recreational/sports facilities and computer labs on campus. Students also have access to free and discounted cultural activities throughout the city.

Click here to Apply

Click here for the ELI Calendar

Click here for Tuition and Fees
University of Pittsburgh faculty scholarships may be available for eligible full-time faculty and research associates and their husbands and wives. For more information about faculty scholarships, please contact the Office of Faculty Records at 412-624-4232 or visit their office in G-39 in the Cathedral of Learning.

Revised 3/2/17