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.

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. 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® or IELTS® . 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

Ameer Hussein Ali Al Shawk, Babylon, Iraq

"When I arrived at ELI and exactly during the orientation lecture, I had many questions about how they will improve my English? What teaching methods will be used? I had these questions because I am a teacher in a technical college in Iraq. Consequently, I realize the difficulty of teaching in the language field. Teaching foreign students who have different languages and cultures is really a challenging mission and needs  well-experienced teachers. After a few weeks, I started to feel the improvement in my English. ELI was very helpful, with open-minded and friendly teachers that made me feel very comfortable. Because of this experience in ELI, I met the admission requirement to Wayne State University very quickly."