English Language Institute

Intensive English Program

English Language Institute students studying on the College of Charleston Cistern.

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers a variety of programs for non-native speakers who wish to pursue English-language study for academic, professional or personal development. English-language learners from the beginner to advanced level enjoy small classes, highly qualified instructors and customized programs.

Each session is eight weeks long; students attend classes for 18-20 hours per week. Students are offered a program customized to their ability level and have the opportunity to practice their emerging skills within the community. Emphasis is placed on pronunciation and accent modification as well as intonation and syllable stress.

Admission Information

  • Applicants must be at least 16 years of age
  • Applicants must have achieved pre-beginner English literacy in all areas

Standardized Exam

Students applying to the Intensive English Program are not required to submit test scores. Once enrolled in the program, students will take an oral and written placement exam.

How to Apply

Prospective students should apply to the English Language Institute using the ELI application on the ELI website. Once you complete the application, you will be asked for a $75 non-refundable application fee.

Conditional Acceptance

Students who wish to pursue a degree program at the College of Charleston, and who meet all admission requirements with the exception of English language proficiency, may be granted conditional acceptance to the credit program pending the successful completion of the ELI Intensive English Program.

Select ELI students may also be eligible to transition to the credit program as part-time or full-time students, depending on their demonstrated level of proficiency. Eligibility is limited to students who are placed in the advanced level of Intensive English.

Learn more about the College of Charleston’s undergraduate programs and graduate programs.

For additional information or questions about conditional acceptance, contact eli@cofc.edu.

For information about part-time enrollment, contact eli@cofc.edu.