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

Mohsen Baidoun, Beruit, Lebanon

"I came to USA when I was 18 years old to continue my education. My dream was to become a pharmacist and help patients. I realized it would be impossible to achieve my dream without proper English. I enrolled at the ELI to enhance my communication skills as well as my writing skills. ELI provided me with adequate tools to sharpen my communication skills. ELI provided speech classes and small group discussions. The last helped me to communicate better with my fellows as well as with my instructors. ELI provided classes to improve my writing skills. ELI taught me how to write a paper following the APA style. ELI taught me an effective way of reading and summarizing the main points of an article. All the above skills helped me to achieve my dream and become a pharmacist. I am glad to be part of the ELI family."