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

Yazeed Sasi, Tripoli, Libya

"ELI gave me the tool or the key everyone needs to pursue a degree at Wayne State or even outside the Wayne State. When I first came, it was really hard for me to adapt myself to a new culture, but the great faculty at ELI led me to the right track. Now, I would like to thank all ELI faculty and staff for their unlimited support during and after English program duration. After graduation from ELI, I have accomplished many things including: finishing my master degree in just one year, being chosen to be initiated in Tau Beta Pi organization (TBP-Engineering Honor Society), and being at the top of the ECE engineering classes. In short, Thanks ELI, Thanks Wayne State, Thanks USA, and thank you my country Libya for giving me the scholarship."