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 online for the Winter 2021 semester!

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.

ELI students can enroll in online classes either full-time or part-time. 

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

Jassim Albliase, Qatif, Saudi Arabia

"My experience studying at the English Language Institute at Wayne State University was incredible because of the fabulous teachers that it has. Actually, the ELI prepared me for most of the university's classes such that of writing papers, taking notes and doing presentations. At the ELI, I learned many writing strategies that I had not known before. The best was the different activities that ELI offers for their students. I enjoyed being on campus and participating in activities with students from the United States and other international students. Really, I thank ELI for giving me the opportunity to meet new students and make new friends, too"!