English Language Institute

Academic Calendar

Current semester: Fall Term 2021 (University Term: 2221)

Intensive English Program

  • August 31 to December 2, 2021
  • Application deadline is August 6, 2021 (for students who do not need an F-1 visa or for students interested in part-time study).
  • Dates for social and cultural activities in the ELI can be found on the Activities and Events Calendar

For deadlines and dates for other courses and programs, please visit that program's page.

Important Events and Holidays:

  • September 3: First day of ELI classes 
  • September 6: Labor Day (University Closed)
  • September 13: Last day to withdraw from an ELI class and get a refund
  • October 15: Fall Break (University Closed)
  • November 21 to 28:  Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)
  • November 19, 29, 30:  ELI Final Exams
  • December 2: Last day of classes and ELI Closing Ceremony

Dates for Future Terms in the Intensive English Program

Note: At this time, the University of Pittsburgh plans for classes to continue to be in person for Spring 2022. The University is committed to the safety of everyone on campus and to building a healthy and resilient community. More information about steps being taken to keep the University community safe can be found at the Power of Pitt website





Duration of term

August 31 - December 2

January 11 - April 14, 2022

May 10 - August 4, 2022

Application deadline for students needing an F-1 visa

(Applications are accepted until the date listed or until enrollment is full. Applications may be accepted after the deadline if space is available; however, submitting an application after the deadline may not allow enough time to obtain a visa in the applicant's country.)

August 6

December 10

March 31

Application deadline for part-time or non-F-1 visa students

(Applications are accepted until the date listed or until enrollment is full.)

August 27

January 7

May 6

Placement test



Classes begin

August 31

September 1

September 1 - 2

September 3

January 11

January 12

January 12 - 13

January 14

May 10

May 11

May 11-12

May 13

Holidays (no ELI classes)

Sept. 6: Labor Day (University Closed)

Oct. 15: Fall Break (University Closed)

Nov. 21 - 28: Thanksgiving Break (No Classes)

Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Day (University Closed)

March 6 - 13: Spring Break (University Closed)

March 25: No Classes (ELI Closed)

May 30: Memorial Day (University Closed)

Independence Day: July 4-5 (No Classes)



Final Exams 

Nov. 19, 29, 30

April 8, 11, 12

July 29,
August 1-2

Last Day of Classes and Closing Ceremony

 December 2

April 14

August 4

*Finals in the ELI are held in every skill area during the last week and a half of the term. There are no excused absences for the final exams. A missed final exam will result in a zero (0) for that exam.