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 will be offered both in-person and online for the Fall 2021 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

Hasan Ashkanani, Kuwait City, Kuwait

"When I was awarded a full scholarship from Kuwait University to earn my MA and Ph.D. degrees from the US, I realized it would be impossible to achieve this goal without good English. Without it, I could not be a competitive student in the program. Taking classes with ELI for one year sharpened my skills and provided me with tools and determination to accomplish my dream of being an archaeologist. Not only did advanced and mini courses improve my skills in speaking English fluently, but they helped me in designing real projects and conducting research, and involved its students with the academic environment, which qualified me for the Master's program at WSU. After 3 years, I am now a Ph.D. student at University of South Florida, and I am so glad I was part of the ELI program because it helped me turn my dreams into achievements".