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The English Language Institute is OPEN!

The ELI is still open, but we are limiting our in-person office schedule to help fight the spread of COVID-19. Send us an email at during regular business hours and you will receive a reply.

About the ELI

The English Language Institute, founded in 1971 and a unit of the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education, offers English language instruction, cultural orientation and pre-academic training to international students, scholars and professionals on an intensive and per-course basis.

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Intensive English Program

Our Intensive English Program (IEP) provides high-quality, intensive English instruction, preacademic training and cultural orientation to international students preparing for university study in the United States. We also welcome individuals who are not students and wish to improve their English language proficiency.

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Evening Program

Our Evening Program offers a variety of part-time courses suited to the specific needs and schedules of working professionals, graduate students and others interested in non-credit English language study.

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We’re Coming To Your Country

Representatives of the University at Buffalo and the English Language Institute may be visiting your city in the near future. If you are interested in meeting with us — or assisting UB’s recruitment effort in your country — please visit the worldwide recruitment events page for more information about the schedule of overseas recruitment activities.

View upcoming recruitment events.