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Director's Message

Warm greetings from the campus of Jacksonville State University!ELI Director Nick Cates

As you explore the best way to take your English to the next level, consider the excellent teaching quality, location, and value of JSU's English Language Institute.

Excellent Teaching

Our instructors are credentialed experts in language teaching. ELI students learn through a wide variety of evidence-based methods and techniques, with the result that they rapidly learn to understand, speak, read, and write American English at university level confidently.

ELI itself is accredited by EnglishUSA and, as an integral part of JSU, by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

Excellent Location

ELI is located on a beautiful university campus only 90 minutes from the cities of Atlanta and Birmingham. As a full member of JSU's "Gamecock Family", you will have thousands of opportunities to experience university student life—meeting people and expanding your English, academic, and cultural skills every day. See what our students say!

Excellent Value

Each session costs $4,977 for 175 hours of classroom instruction (tuition and fees), university housing, an unlimited meal plan, JSU events (cultural, entertainment, sports), weekly adventures to regional cities and attractions, and the many facilities (library, gym, theater), services (academic, health, career), and organizations of a thriving university.

Are you ready to change your world?


We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

Nick Cates

Nicholas Cates, M.A. TESL
Director of the English Language Institute
101 Stone Center, Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265 USA

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