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The English Language Institute at Florida International University

The English Language Institute
at Florida International University

Our vision is to become one of the leading English language institutes in the United States by setting standards of excellence in innovative curriculum design, teaching, professional development, and cross-cultural understanding.

Our mission is to provide quality English language instruction to all individuals who have chosen English as their medium of communication for academic or professional pursuits, and to promote international and intercultural understanding.

I look forward to personally welcoming you to our University in beautiful and sunny Miami! I am sure it will be one of the most exciting and culturally enriching experiences of your life.

Luis Sanchez, Director
English Language Institute
Florida International University

Luis Sanchez, Director of the English Language Institute at Florida International University

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The English Language Institute at Florida International University

A Three-Tier Approach: Miami, FIU and the ELI

At the ELI, we believe there is no better way to secure solid English language skills than through our concentrated, personalized classroom curriculum, and no better way to practice those language skills than outside the classroom. We encourage students to interact with one another and to use English during social and cultural situations beyond the classroom during their stay in the U.S. Therefore we would like our students to enjoy our city, our University and our English Language Institute!

Miami is an international metropolis and the Miami International Airport is one of the largest in the world. Although Miami is known for its beaches and outdoor activities, it is also cosmopolitan city offering great theater, music concerts, opera, art festivals, and museums. You will want to bring a swimsuit, but you might also want to bring a jacket and tie or a nice dress for special occasions. For example, our Intensive English Program Graduation Dinner is an elegant event.

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English Language Institute at Florida International University

What makes the English Language Institute so special?

  • Individual attention to students' needs shown in the personal attention given to our students both inside and outside the classroom.
  • Excellent teacher-student interaction ensured by the size of our classes (10 to 15 students).
  • Superb extracurricular activities built into the program curriculum.
  • Caring, supportive staff dedicated to making our students' stay in our Institute a pleasant and memorable experience.
  • Community-related cultural and social activities chosen to encourage our students' awareness of American culture.
  • A proven commitment to academic excellence supported by the continued research into teaching and learning methods.
  • A global reputation for excellence in teaching English, recognized by academic advisors around the world.
  • Long-standing membership in the University Consortium of Intensive English Programs (UCIEP), the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP), and the Florida Intensive English Consortium ms (FIEC).
  • U.S. News and World Report's ranking our University as one of the top 150 universities in the United States.

Programs / Facilities / Admissions Procedures

Programs Offered by the English Language Institute: The ELI offers many distinct programs, each designed with the diverse needs and skills of international students in mind.

  • The Intensive English Program helps international students make the transition to American academic life in a relatively short time through full-time non-credit instruction in English as a second language. TOEFL preparation is available as an elective course.
  • The University Bridge Program is designed to help professionals, business executives, and serious university-bound students who have already studied English and completed advanced levels to obtain the preparation they need to succeed in the professional, business, or academic world.
  • The Summer Institute (four weeks) integrates grammar and conversation, allowing students to study English in a semi-academic setting at all levels of proficiency. TOEFL preparation classes are available through the Institute for high-intermediate to advanced students.
  • The Intensive Conversation Program is a non-academic immersion program in English conversation. During this practical 3-week course, students will talk, talk, and talk in English all day. If you want English conversation only, this is the program for you.

Learning Laboratories at the English Language Institute: The ELI incorporates the use of three types of learning laboratories, each located in the Institute's main building, into the ELI curriculum:

  • Language Lab: An interactive audio facility that is used as an integral part of all language classes.
  • Computer Lab: A facility featuring a wide range of up-to-date computer terminals, each equipped with easy-to-use language learning software that enhances English language learning.

To register in the English Language Institute:

  • Complete the registration form found at
  • Send a certified bank letter indicating a balance of at least $US 11,000. per student.
  • Send a non-refundable $150. Registration Fee, which is deductible from your tuition. The balance of your tuition is due upon arrival.
  • Mailing Address:
    English Language Institute
    Florida International University
    11200 SW 8th Street, Labor Center 101
    Miami, Florida 33199
  • Under no circumstances should a student come to the University without having received the official Letter of Admission and the I-20 Form.

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English Language Institute at Florida International University

Florida International University in Miami

Florida International University is a four-year, fully accredited, multi-campus urban research institution located in the vibrant city of Miami, Florida. Students at the English Language Institute enjoy the extraordinary benefits of life at FIU. The ELI facilities are located on the University Park campus, 10 miles west of the business center of downtown Miami, with bus transportation available to shopping, beaches and Miami International Airport.

More than 38,000 students from over 120 different countries attend FIU. The University boasts 1,000 faculty members, 117,500 alumni and 21 different colleges offering more than 200 degree programs, including Business, Technology, Engineering, Law, Medicine, Arts and Sciences, and Hospitality Management.

ELI students can mingle with American and international students from other University programs by participating in sports such as basketball, soccer, and track. Available gymnasium facilities include a Nautilus Athletic Fitness Center as well as an Olympic-sized swimming pool and tennis courts. Students can also join any one of more than 100 student organizations.

FIU maintains a reputation for excellence in the arts. ELI students on campus will appreciate:

  • Cutting-edge visual art exhibitions at the Art Museum at FIU
  • Contemporary sculpture by celebrated artists such as Isamu Noguchi, Richard Serra, Willem de Kooning and Joan Miro in the Art Park sculpture garden
  • Literary events with nationally known authors at the Writers on the Bay reading series
  • Spirited concerts in a year-round music series featuring music faculty member, renowned trumpet player and Grammy award winner, Arturo Sandoval
  • Acclaimed dramatic productions at the University Theatre

The English Language Institute at Florida International University in Miami

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English Language Institute
Florida International
11200 SW 8th Street
LC 101
Miami, Florida 33199

ph 305-348-2222
fx 305-348-2959

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Intensive English Programs

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Intensive English Programs

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Amount Required on I-20:
US$ 11,000.

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