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

Pouga Tinhaga Zachee, Douala, Cameroon

"Wayne State University’s English Language Institute (“ELI”) was very instrumental in preparing me to launch my academic and professional careers in the United States. Language skills learned here laid the foundation upon which my daily academic and professional lives continue to rely. In fact and thanks to ELI preparation, I continued on to complete a LL.M. in Corporate and Finance Law from Wayne State Law School, a LL.M. in International Tax Law from the University of Michigan Law School where I am also pursuing a SJD (PhD) in the same field. Further, I took and passed the New York Bar, and have been living and practicing law in New York City since."