Founded in 1979, the University of Delaware English Language Institute (ELI) has a long history of offering a variety of high-quality intensive English programs.
We aim to meet or exceed your expectations as a language learner, enabling you to achieve your academic or professional goals.
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We have a course that is right for you! Most programs at the ELI offer a wide selection of courses to meet your specific goals, English proficiency level and schedule.
Begin your studies in one of the six sessions scheduled each year. Sessions in this program are seven to eight weeks in length. Specific session dates are found online.
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“I like my host family. They care for me and invite me for dinner. I want to continue to have contact with them when I leave here. They will remain in my memory.”
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English Language Institute
University of Delaware
189 West Main Street
Newark, Delaware 19716 USA
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Whenever I greet new students, I always ask them why they chose the University of Delaware English Language Institute out of the hundreds of other language schools in the United States and all over the world. The answer I hear most often: “A friend of mine recommended your program to me.”
What makes the ELI so special? What makes hundreds of graduates each year recommend our program to their friends, colleagues, and family members? This brochure attempts to answer that question.
Read on and learn about our outstanding and caring faculty, our private tutoring center and state-of-the-art self-access learning center. Learn more about Delaware’s reputation as one of the finest universities in the country and its campus of breath-taking beauty.
Discover why our students fall in love with the quiet charm of Newark, located within a
short drive to some of the most exciting cities and attractions on the U.S. East Coast. Find out why many corporations around the world trust the ELI to give its employees the edge in communication—and why teachers, legal professionals and degree-seeking students rely on us to help them reach their goals through our exceptional programs.
Then explore our web pages and take a virtual tour of our program (www.udel.edu/eli). You may begin to understand our dedication to excellence and the warmth of our learning community, which many students describe as their second family. Research carefully—compare us to other programs—and then come study with us. I believe you’ll be recommending our program, too!
Dr. Scott G. Stevens
Director, English Language Institute
Coordinator, MA-TESL Program
Nearly 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students attend the University of Delaware. This includes over 1,000 international students from 100 different countries.
Colleges and programs
The University of Delaware has seven colleges that offer 145 Bachelor’s degree programs and 158 Master’s degree and doctoral programs.
The ELI is an academic unit in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware, which traces its history to 1743 and is a nationally and internationally recognized institution of higher learning.
Notable fields of study
The University of Delaware has a reputation for excellence in many fields. Graduate programs, such as Chemical Engineering, Education, Physical Therapy, and Urban
Affairs have been ranked ranked by US News and World Report among the very best in the country. The University’s colleges are accredited and well-respected. This includes the ELI, which is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).
The University of Delaware has been consistently viewed among the top public universities in the United States.
The following are the university’s current ranking on the US News and World Report (2013):
To learn more, visit the University of Delaware’s website at www.udel.edu
About the University
The University of Delaware English Language Institute (ELI) is located in the City of Newark in the State of Delaware. Though Delaware is one of the smallest states in the USA, it is one of the oldest states in the country—a fact that is visible in the State’s architecture, museums, and cultural centers.
Delaware is located in the Northeastern United States, sharing borders with the States of Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey. Delaware is ideally located near some of the country’s most important historical, cultural, political, legal, business, and financial centers. Click here to see interactive map.
Newark is very close to some of the most interesting cities in the US. By car (driving distance), Newark is only:
In addition, Newark is only 2 hours away from beaches and ski resorts.
Delaware is very popular on the East Coast of the United States due to the fact that no taxes are added to the purchase of goods and services in the state. Enjoy a low cost of living and tax-free shopping while you are here!
Delaware is considered a “banking center” in the United States and is home to over half of the 500 largest corporations in the country!
The ELI is proud to offer courses for business professionals, including Business English, Pre-MBA, and Conditional Admissions to the MBA program at UD.
It is important to understand that Newark, Delaware is not the same city as Newark, New Jersey.
The University of Delaware English Language Institute (ELI) is located in the City of Newark in the State of Delaware.
Newark is a small city of about 30,000 residents, including many University of Delaware students.
Newark is very close to some of the most interesting cities in the US. By car (driving distance), Newark is only:
Newark offers a quiet, safe, small-town college atmosphere full of charm and beauty. Do not be surprised if perfect strangers smile and greet you as you walk to class or to anywhere you need to go—including shops, food markets, restaurants, or theaters.
The campus surrounds Main Street, the center of Newark’s commercial, student and community life. Between classes, you can stroll through the center of town and stop for coffee or a meal at a sidewalk cafe or restaurant. Night life in the local pubs and cafés feature live music and dancing.
In addition, since the State of Delaware does not add tax on the sale of goods, living and shopping expenses in the Newark area are much lower than most major metropolitan areas of the US.
Newark is also a traditional family community, and many annual events bring residents and students together in celebration on Main Street, including the Memorial Day Parade, Newark Night, the Halloween Parade, Newark Community Days, Outdoor Summer Concert Series, and much more. In addition, within the campus and community you will find houses of worship for all of the world’s major religions.
Philadelphia International Airport (airport code: PHL). Most people who travel to Delaware use the Philadelphia International Airport (airport code: PHL), which is only 30 minutes from the university campus.
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Why choose Delaware?
Why do students from over 100 countries choose the University of Delaware? Here are a few reasons:
Why choose the ELI?
The University of Delaware ELI is one of the most respected Intensive English
Programs in the USA. Many factors contribute to our achieving excellence at the ELI.
Contact us at [email protected] to find the best program for you.
Quality and Standards
Accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA) and
A member of the University and College Intensive English Programs Consortium (UCIEP), which promotes high professional standards.
A member of English USA/American Association of Intensive English Programs
A member of NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, and adheres to NAFSA’s code of ethics.
agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the US Secretary of Education as a reliable authority concerning the quality of education offered by the English language institutions it accredits.
(AAIEP), which promotes “best practices” in English teaching and, like UCIEP, has a rigorous review process.
All ELI classroom instructors are members of the University’s faculty. They are native speakers or have native-like proficiency, hold master’s degrees in English as a Second Language or Applied Linguistics, and have extensive training and experience in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL).
Active in professional organizations such as TESOL and NAFSA, our outstanding faculty have enriched the field of ESL through their research, publications, and instructional innovation. They have authored textbooks that break new ground in the field.
In keeping with the personal tone set by our private tutoring center, our classroom faculty are also very caring and provide their students with a great deal of individualized attention. Over the years, many government agencies and universities have turned to ELI faculty for training in better teaching methods.
As teachers, tutors, administrators and staff, we strive to:
“I like the city of Newark. People are friendly. It’s not too big. And there’s no tax.”
Suhail Ashereri – Saudi Arabia
“What I most like about living in America is living in a small
city like Newark and about the classes is that we have small classes which are super helpful with the
learning of English.”
Joana Aguiar - Brazil
“I like the kitchen class tutoring cluster. You can learn recipes and a lot of vocabulary. I can then try the recipes in my apartment.”
Hyeyoon Seo – Korea
“I like the ELI because it improves my English language.”
Meshari Alenezi – Kuwait
“I like the tutoring program because you have an expert in
front of you who wants to help you improve your listening skills.”
Pedro Rodrigues –
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Since 1979, the English Language Institute has offered a wide selection of courses to meet student goals, English proficiency levels, and schedules.
Participants in the Intensive English Program (IEP) have many reasons to
“My listening and speaking class helped me a lot with my pronunciation, vocabulary, note taking from the teacher, and speaking more easily with Americans. The teacher is very good, and I enjoyed his class. I think I am almost ready for the real thing, the University of Delaware.”
Jarrah Jaber Al-Sabah, Kuwait
Hours of Instruction
Each session provides students with 224+ hours (approximately 28 hours per week) of
instruction in the classroom, in our laboratories, and in private tutoring meetings.
Each student enrolls in two courses that fall into two categories: Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing.
Listening/speaking courses develop students’ language skills in areas such as:
The courses use current, proven methods that help students use English in meaningful ways to communicate ideas and needs, solve problems, and participate in American life on campus and in the community. (10 hours per week)
Reading/writing courses develop students’ language skills in areas such as:
Instruction integrates these skills to improve written communication and reading
comprehension, using a progressively challenging curriculum from beginning to advanced levels. (10 hours per
The ELI is one of the only Intensive English Programs in the United States to offer personal one-on-one tutoring with trained tutors in its regular Full Intensive Program. The student and tutor together make an instructional plan which might include help with class assignments, work
on individual problems with or questions about English or American culture, or conversation skills practice.
Students can choose private tutoring (2 hours per week), in which they work with one tutor alone or cluster tutoring (3 hours per week), in which three or four students meet with one tutor on a special topic, such as pronunciation or grammar for two hours and with a private tutor for one hour. (2-3 hours per week)
Self-Access Learning Center (SALC)
The SALC supplements classroom instruction with state-of-the-art English training
Resources in the SALC
In the SALC students can access:
What can students do in the SALC?
Students may use:
Programs for TOEFL, GMAT and GRE practice are also available. (3-5 hours per week)
Using a variety of video and audio materials the listening lab provides students additional practice with listening comprehension and vocabulary acquisition. (2 hours per week)
*Self-Access Learning Center hours are non-scheduled. Students may use the centers during any hour in which they are open. All university scheduled hours are 50 minutes in actual length.
** For Levels I-IV only
Students may begin their studies in any one of six sessions scheduled yearly. Sessions are two months in length (7-8 weeks) and students may enroll in several sessions.
Fall Session I
Fall Session II
Winter Session III
Spring Session IV
Spring Session V
Summer Session VI
For specific session dates see our website
Note: Every year, there are two sessions that are seven weeks long, but with equivalent hours of instruction.
The picture below shows an example of the typical schedule of an ELI student.
There are six levels of English instruction at the ELI.
To determine a student’s English level, all new students must take a placement test during ELI Orientation.
English for Specific Purposes
Students in Levels I, II, and III enroll in our General English track, focusing on English foundations. Students in Levels IV, V, and VI can enroll in any of the tracks.
Tracks of Study
Select a track of study from a the list below:
Track 1: General English
“I just want to improve my English!”
Frequently, both students and professionals say that they come to the ELI to develop their general language skills. They use English for both personal and professional applications. General English classes, offered at all six levels, help meet these needs.
After acquiring basic language skills in Levels I through III, students pursue more advanced study, where they learn to use English in a greater variety of discourse settings. Students develop communicative competence for social and work-related environments through a variety of topics and interactive activities simulating real-life situations.
Track 2: Academic English
To succeed at an American university, students need more than a passing TOEFL score. They need the academic language skills required to understand the complex information, both aural and written, which will confront them in the lecture hall, the classroom, and the library. Also, they need to be able to express themselves—both verbally and in writing—in an intelligible manner which follows the accepted patterns of academic discourse at an American university.
Courses in academic English at ELI help students to meet these academic language needs.
Skills addressed through English for Academic Purposes include:
Supplemental Instruction Options
(See the PreMBA program)
Track 3: Business English
English is the language of international trade and commerce. Business professionals know they need to acquire English language skills to negotiate contracts, network with people in the industry, and market their products. ELI’s business track helps business professionals meet these diverse needs.
The Business English Program is for individuals with careers in business or with plans to study for a degree in business. Classes provide training in business communication, including:
Additional class activities include corporate visitations. Delaware has earned the label of the “corporate state” because of the large number of companies incorporated here.
Chemical, pharmaceutical, banking and finance, manufacturing, and service companies, such as DuPont, Nemours, W.L. Gore & Associates, Bank of America, Barclays Bank, ING Direct, Citibank, and Chase Manhattan, have major operations in the state and have hosted visitations by previous
Business English classes.
Track 4: English Through American Culture
In the American culture courses students improve their language skills while they learn about different aspects of American society through texts, movies, music and news broadcasts. In some classes, they may also volunteer in community organizations or publish their own newspaper.
Elective courses include:
Since 1988, the PreMBA program has aimed to prepare International students for admission and successful study in competitive American MBA programs.
Our PreMBA program includes the following services and training:
Applying for the ELI is easy!
Please choose a program:
Click on a program below to go directly to the ELI website for application instructions.
All students must submit a passport and proof of financial resources (i.e., a bank statement) with their application.
If you are an excellent student, but you do not have a TOEFL score (or if your TOEFL score is low), you can still be accepted to several
universities through the ELI’s Conditional Admissions Program (CAP)!
Through CAP, the University of Delaware (and several partner universities) offers admission to qualified international students with a condition: they must first improve their English language skills by attending the ELI.
Once CAP students meet the English language objectives required by their
university programs, they begin their regular university coursework—and no TOEFL exam is required!*
No TOEFL? No problem!
Do not let your low TOEFL score stop you from applying to a university in the USA!
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Conditional admission is available at the undergraduate and graduate levels. To find out more, click on the item below that corresponds to your university level of interest:
*No TOEFL exam is required at the
undergraduate level. At the graduate level, a TOEFL exam may be required by the college or department to which the student applies.
CAP program structure
The Conditional Admissions Program (CAP) is comprehensive and very rigorous, demanding the best performance from all CAP students. Our goal is to prepare international students for success at the university level, making them competitive in the American classroom and helping them to have the best possible university experience.
CAP Cohort Model
The ELI uses the “Cohort Model” in the Conditional Admissions Program (CAP).
In this program, students are organized into cohorts (i.e., small groups). All CAP/Pre-CAP students will be members of small cohorts of 5-8 students of mixed nationalities.
The purpose of the CAP Cohort Model is:
Benefits of CAP
Students who enroll in CAP are able to take advantage of several benefits:
The University of Delaware wants to lead the nation in making our CAP students’ college experience to be successful, happy, and transformative. To this end, the CAP program will help students to:
By learning these skills, CAP students can overcome obstacles to academic and social success while studying at the university level.
The University of Delaware’s American Law and Legal English Institute (ALLEI) was established in 1998 to offer international legal professionals training in the American legal system and legal English communication.
This program benefits uniquely from the experience of the legal community of the State, particularly from the legal activity of the state’s Court of Chancery, an international center for corporate and commercial legal processes. Much of US corporate litigation takes place in Delaware, and the Delaware Bar Association includes some of the most highly regarded attorneys and judges in the United States, many of whom have served as ALLEI faculty over the years.
The four week ALLEI program includes 120 hours of instructional and professional activities, including courses, seminars, legal visitations and cultural activities.
Courses are taught by experienced lawyers and center on topics in legal theory and practice.
American Law Courses
Legal English and Communication Courses
Legal Seminars and Workshops
Legal and judicial seminars and workshops are offered on campus and at various law firms and courts in Delaware and led by lawyers and judges from Delaware’s legal community who are experts in their respective fields. Topics may include:
Judicial and Legal Visitations
ALLEI participants visit state and federal courts and major American Law firms in Delaware, New York and Washington DC, where they have the opportunities to meet American colleagues and make professional contacts.
Cultural Program and Activities
ALLEI offers a full calendar of cultural and recreational trips, such as day trips to historic Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and weekend excursions to Atlantic City’s casinos, the Delaware beaches or Pennsylvania ski resorts, depending on the season. Professional visits include overnight trips to New York City and Washington, DC.
Housing and Dining
Program participants are housed near campus in residence halls, with homestay families, or in nearby hotels. All housing types contain access to a kitchen, and most are conveniently located near restaurants and cafes off and on campus.
If you have a group of at least 12 people who are interested in participating in ALLEI, then the ELI may be able to arrange for a special session of the ALLEI program for your group. We will be happy to design a program tailored to meet the needs of your participants.
Dates and Fees
ALLEI is typically offered once per year, in July. To see exact dates and fees,
Apply for ALLEI
Applying for ALLEI is easy! Simply download and submit our simple application form. Then send us copies of your passport and a bank statement. The application process takes 1-2 business days. Click here to apply for ALLEI.
Intensive English Program – Calendar
Session Dates 2014
*Note: Application deadlines are normally one month prior to the beginning of the next session unless we reach full enrollment before the deadline. Please apply as soon as possible in order to have the best chance of attending the ELI during the session of your choice.
**Note about arrival: All students are required to attend the ELI as of the first day of their session of study. Failure to attend as of the first day will result in a $100 Late Arrival Fee and/or being deferred to a future session of study.
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The ELI provides housing for all students who need it. All housing choices include kitchens, but students can also buy meal plans and eat in University dining halls or food courts. Click on the links below to find out more about housing choices and University dining facilities.
Some housing options may not be available every ELI session, so we recommend that students submit their Housing Reservation form as early as possible to increase their chances of getting the housing type that they prefer. Housing assignment depends on the date the ELI receives the completed Housing Reservation form and the number of students attending that session.
Facilities at UD
The English Language Institute (ELI) is located on the University of Delaware campus in a graceful mansion and in several nearby annex buildings. ELI buildings contain classrooms, faculty and administrative offices, our state-of-the-art Self-Access Learning Center, and our Tutoring Center. Each classroom is equipped with wireless internet and a variety of multi-media technologies. All buildings are within easy walking distance of each other.
Each ELI student receives a University of Delaware Student ID Card, as well as a University email account. The ID card enables students to access many University of Delaware facilities and services, including:
Studying at the ELI calls for both intellect and energy. We believe that a strong cultural program is fundamental to successful language study. Each session we organize several group activities and excursions.
Some of our activities include: