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Jacksonville State University, The English Language Institute

36265 ELI/ 202 Salls Hall, 700 Pelham Road North
(800) 231-5291 

Founded in 1883, Jacksonville State University is a public university serving Northeast Alabama on a 459-acre (1.9 km2) campus with 58 buildings in Jacksonville, Alabama which is in the Appalachian foothills of northeast Alabama. As a student-centered university, Jacksonville State University strives to balance academic challenges with a range of support services for students’ academic, career, and personal goals. As an academic institution, Jacksonville State University seeks to produce broadly educated graduates with skills for employment, citizenship, and life-long learning. As a comprehensive university, Jacksonville State University supports scholarly and service activities consistent with its academic and professional strengths.

The university offers programs of study leading to Bachelor's, Master's, and Education Specialist degrees in business, communication, education, family sciences, liberal arts and sciences, and nursing, in addition to continuing education programs. 9,481 students are currently involved in school.

The English Language Institute is a non-credit institute set up to assist non-native English speakers who want to learn English for academic and professional purposes. The classes are designed for people who have an interest in studying at universities and colleges in the United States.


The English Language Institute Program
Jacksonville offers students the opportunity to speak English with Americans, both on campus and in the community. There are significant financial advantages for students when learning English at JSU. The advantages are low tuition cost, no mandatory student fees, and Jacksonville’s low cost of living. The ELI staff is focused on making the overall experience as positive as possible. Teachers are caring, professional, and experienced.

The Institute is in a newly renovated location and it is equipped with the latest technology. It has "smart" classrooms and a new language/ computer lab. The ELI offers students a variety of activities such as outings to Atlanta, picnics, and field trips that provide excellent opportunities to get to know other students. Participants can earn certificates of completion and attendance at the session ending ceremonies.

The only eligibility requirements of the Institute are that an applicant have graduated high school in his/her home country before study at the ELI. Besides, an applicant must be at least age 17 at the time of the application.
The ELI schedule is made up of six sessions per year consisting of two 6-week intensive sessions (25+ hours instruction per week) in the summer semester and two 7 1/2-week sessions (20+ hours instruction per week) in the fall and spring semesters, respectively. Each session represents one level of study. Students who are interested in a short-term experience may choose to attend for a full session or even for a half session.

There are a total of four levels in the program. The levels consist of the following: Level 1- Beginning; Level 2- Intermediate; Level 3- High Intermediate; Level 4- Advanced.

2 Fall semesters/2 spring semesters – $1,950 each
2 summer sessions per year – $1,950 each

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