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 Spring/Summer 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

Gustavo Barajas-Perez, Guadalajara, Mexico

"The ELI program helped to improve my oral and written English skills by making me feel more confident and sure of my language skills. Also, all the intensive and advanced oral and written courses that I took at the ELI helped me to succeed in the university since these courses not only helped me improve my language skills, but also helped me to succeed in higher academic levels. I am currently a WSU student pursuing a bachelor's degree in Education".