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The mission of the English Language Institute (ELI) is to provide non-credit intensive instruction in academic English as a Second Language to international students who want to pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees at Stephen F. Austin State University and to other non-native speakers who desire to improve their English for personal or professional reasons. To achieve this mission ELI offers students curriculum and activities necessary to succeed in an American university, supportive student services, and quality instruction and program administration.
Unlike many American universities, SFA's ELI does not use TOEFL scores as the main criterion for admission. No additional language test scores are needed, although basic English knowledge and familiarity with the alphabet are required. Best of all, students who successfully complete the program of study at ELI may be granted admission into regular academic programs at SFA if other entrance requirements are met.
The focus of our program is on academic English, but students develop conversational skills as well. In addition to the language skills required for academic success, ELI also prepares students culturally for life as a college student in the United States. ELI arranges outings to museums, historic sites, and other interesting cultural sites around the area. In coordination with the International Student Association, ELI encourages students to attend cultural events on campus, including dance nights, food festivals, and fashion shows.
Students enroll for a full 15-week term during either of the regular academic semesters - Fall (late-August through mid-December) or Spring (mid-January to early May). The full 10-week summer term begins in early-June and ends in mid-August.