Programs for Improving Your English

Professor teaching students English.

No matter your level of English language proficiency, if you want to improve your skills, UB has many resources for you. Whether you arrive at the University at Buffalo with a strong English background, or need some English language support, we have a program that can help you succeed.

Having a high level of English language proficiency is one of the most important factors in having a successful academic experience in the U.S. Professors and other students expect you to be able to understand class lectures, write effectively at the university level, clearly ask and answer questions, speak in public, and engage in discussions and seminars.

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English Language Institute

UB's world-renowned English Language Institute (ELI) is one of the best in the U.S. and offers many services to UB students to improve their English. Come to UB six to 12 weeks before your degree program begins to practice your English language skills. This is also a great way to get acclimated to the university and to start making friends.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

The ESL program offers credit-bearing classes in written English and spoken English. Even if you are not required to take these classes, if seats are available you may enroll to improve your English language skills.

The Chat Room Program

The Chat Room is a conversation program for non-native speakers to practice their conversational English with native speakers. It’s free and is a great way to meet American students and form friendships — all while improving your spoken English!

The Evening Program

The Evening Program offers a variety of part-time courses designed to help adult learners advance their English language skills.

Topics include:

  • Advanced communication  - American vocabulary and idioms and making formal presentations
  • Advanced writing
  • American English pronunciation -  Reducing accents and improving pronunciation and fluency

The Department of English

Even though your major may not be English, the English department offers hundreds of courses open to non-majors. If your English language proficiency is at an advanced level and you would like to engage in high-level courses with native speakers, these courses will push your skills and further advance your English proficiency — all while earning university credits towards your degree.