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

Salma Alazmeh, Damascus, Syria

When the war started in Syria, most businesses closed, so I decided to study abroad and get a graduate degree in Business Administration. Language was my main constraint to start my MBA. English Language Institute (ELI) at Wayne State University was an outstanding department that gave me the most vital skills, knowledge and confidence to ensure that I am ready to start expanding my education in the business field. What is unique about them is that they have an equal balance of learning, reviewing information, and engaging in cultural events and fun trips which broaden my horizons. Moreover, the enormous tools that ELI provides for its students, such as tutoring, conversation partners, different advanced and common software were very critical to my success in learning English. In fact, I still use their materials as a reference when I am writing any professional article or essay in my master courses. My ELI teachers were excellent in motivating me to do my best. They are very respectful, helpful and fair. I am so delighted that I still communicate with them and have a good relationship with them even though I am not a student there anymore. I am very thankful for the experiences I gain from the institution!