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 English communication, cultural orientation, and academic preparation skills 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

The ELI offers comprehensive and innovative language programs at five levels of proficiency, using an integrated curriculum of listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. 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

Selma Ulku, Ankara, Turkey

"ELI provided the opportunity to get used to the US Culture and Detroit Metro area as well as the English language before starting my graduate studies. It provides an excellent environment for study with experienced teachers. They did a great job in introducing the area for newcoming students like me by
organizing trips to city attractions".