As the only intensive English language program in the metropolitan Detroit area, the English Language Institute (ELI) of Wayne State University (WSU) has specialized exclusively in teaching academic preparation skills, English communication, and cultural orientation to non-native speakers of English from all over the world for more than 40 years.  Classes at the intermediate and advanced levels will be offered both in-person and online for the Winter 2022 semester!  Students admitted to the United States on visas MUST study in person at the Wayne State campus.

The ELI uses the newest language-teaching methodology and the most up-to-date audio, video, and computer technology available, including a remote-access language lab for students who take classes on campus. Our small classes and highly trained instructors make it possible for students to improve their English rapidly and effectively.

Direct path to the university

ELI graduates can be directly admitted to Wayne State University without taking standardized tests, such as TOEFL®, IELTS®, or Duolingo . Students who pass all Level 5 classes at the ELI will meet the general English language proficiency requirement for admission to both undergraduate and graduate programs at Wayne State University.

Our mission

We prepare English language learners from the global and local communities for academic study by providing comprehensive and intensive language instruction.

Meet our students

Andrea Vaccarelli, L'Aquila, Italy

"The English Language Institute has held an important role in my experience as an exchange student at WSU, helping me to be fluent in English and to have a complete knowledge of the American culture. Also, all the events organized by the ELI let the students meet people from all over the world and share their experiences with them. The ELI professors engage the interest of the students with various activities focused on learning and acquiring the right confidence in English; they were always ready to listen and understood my problems, turning them into 'a piece of cake'. I'm so thankful to the ELI because it led my English to an upper level; moreover, it enriched my experience in the US and it broadened my mind."