Intensive English Program

The Intensive English Program delivers English language training for success in university and your career. In a variety of courses, you will learn and practice English for 25 hours every week for 7 weeks, for a total of more than 175 hours per session. In addition, you will explore beyond the classroom in a special series of guided trips.


The program has six levels. Every student is different, but most students start at Level 3 or 4 and reach their required English ability at Level 5. Take our free Placement Test to see if you are ready for ELI. If you score 45 or higher, we can take you to the next level.

Levels diagram

Conditional Admission: You do not need a TOEFL or IELTS score to be admitted to JSU undergraduate studies if you successfully complete Level 4.


Core Communication
Understand and express yourself in English confidently. Your teacher will lead you through a wide variety of activities to improve your receptive skills (Listening & Reading), productive skills (Speaking & Writing), Grammar, and Vocabulary.

Reading, Writing, and Critical Thinking
Learn to read and write at the university level. In addition to gaining academic language skills, you will learn to participate in the classroom, collaborate with other students, and think critically about what you are reading or writing.

Public Speaking & Presentation
Become more confident organizing and delivering speeches and connecting with your audience. You will deliver 10 speeches.
ELI sample schedule
American Pronunciation
In this course you will practice the sounds of American English, including pronunciation, intonation (melody), stress patterns (rhythm), and other elements that fluent speakers use. Activities will focus on the elements that are not part of your first language, especially where they affect communication .

Introduction to University
"Intro" will introduce you to the university experience before you actually start university. You will step outside the language classroom to visit real JSU college classes, meet professors of different subjects, talk with undergraduate students, participate in cultural, sports, and other university activities and events, and learn how to use the library, the tutoring center, career services, and other services and facilities.

Simulated University Courses
These are simulations of actual university courses. Just like a real course, it requires research, academic writing, and classroom discussion.

  • American Cinema: Enjoy carefully selected movies to learn about American culture, then discuss characters, scenes, and the cultural relevance of the movie. Yes, there will be popcorn!
  • U.S. History: Learn about the history of the country where you are living and discover why America is the way it is.

TOEFL/IELTS Test Preparation
You can enter JSU without a TOEFL or IELTS score ("Conditional Admission"), but if you need to prepare for these commonly required exams you can take this optional course to learn test-taking strategies, take practice tests, and analyze results.

Conversation Partners
To practice the English that you're learning in the classroom, and to learn more about the University and American culture, you will be matched with one or more JSU students with whom you will meet regularly under the guidance of an ELI teacher.

Cultural Trips
In addition to classes, your tuition includes guided trips to regional cities and attractions. Learning English is hard work, but it's more fun if you have interesting experiences to talk and write about! You can see upcoming and past adventures on ELI's Facebook page.