English Language Institute

Academic Calendar

Current semester: Fall Term 2020 (University Term: 2211)

Intensive English Program

  • September 1 – November 23, 2020
  • Application deadline is August 28, 2020 (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 4: First day of ELI classes 
  • September 15: Last day to withdraw from an ELI class and get a refund
  • November 17, 19, 20: ELI Final Exams
  • November 23: Last day of classes and ELI Closing Ceremony


Dates for Future Terms in the Intensive English Program

Note: The University of Pittsburgh is currently teaching classes using a hybrid model due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This instructional model may be modified based on government and University policies regarding COVID-19 safety and health precautions. Dates that are posted below are tentative and may be changed or adjusted to help minimize the possible spread of COVID-19.



Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Duration of term

September 1 - November 23

January 12 - April 12

May 11 -
August 5

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 7



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

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

August 28



Placement test



Classes begin

Sept. 1

Sept. 2

Sept. 2 - 3

Sept. 4

Jan. 12

Jan. 13

Jan. 13 - 14

Jan. 19

May 11

May 12

May 12 - 13

May 14

Holidays (no ELI classes)


Wednesday, Oct. 14:
ELI Offices Closed

Nov. 26, 27, 30: ELI Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Break

December 24 - January 3: University Closed for Winter Break


Jan. 18: University Closed for MLK Jr. Day

Feb. 23: Student Self-care Day

March 24: Student Self-care Day




May 31: University Closed for Memorial Day

July 5 - 6: Independence Day (Observed)


Final Exams 

November 17, 19, 20 

April 5, 6, 8

July 30

August 2, 3

Last Day of Classes and Closing Ceremony

November 23

April 12

August 5 

*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. 

Tentative Intensive English Program Dates for Academic Year 2021-2022
Fall 2021: August 31 - December 2, 2021
Spring 2022: January 10 - April 14, 2022
Summer 2022: May 9 - August 4, 2022