English Language Institute

Admission to the English Language Institute

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Requirements for Admission to the Intensive English Program in the ELI

To be accepted to the Intensive English Program in the ELI, students must:

  • Show proof of graduation from high school or attendance at a university.

  • Have at least a high beginning level of English (approximately equivalent to 24 on the internet-based TOEFL).

    • All students take a placement test upon arrival. There are no classes for students who place below the high beginning level. High beginning level classes will not run if fewer than 10 students register.  Students on F-1 visas who place below the high beginning level, or who place into high beginning level when these classes do not run, must transfer to another program within 30 days of entry into the U.S. to maintain visa status. 

  • Submit a completed application form including any required documents and appropriate fees (documents and fees are listed in section G of the application).

Requirements for Other Programs in the ELI

  • Please visit the programs page for the program you are interested in for specific admission requirements for that program.

Requirements for an F-1 Student Visa

Admission to a Degree Program at the University of Pittsburgh

TOEFL/IELTS Waivers and Conditional Admission

  • ELI students who successfully complete the ELI's Intensive English Program may be eligible for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver or conditional admission to the degree programs listed below. Please visit the degree program's website for more detailed information:

Tuition and Fees