We have five 8-week sessions each year. These sessions typically start in January, March, May, August, and October. For the most current program dates, please see our Dates & Costs page.
Classes are held Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 8:20 AM – 1:40 PM. There are four 70-minute class periods on each day. You can study reading, writing, grammar, and listening/speaking.
Students on an F-1 visa must follow certain attendance rules to keep their visa status. If you miss too many class periods, you may be dismissed from the program. Being absent can also affect the grades that you receive. It is best if you can attend the entire eight-week session. Please review the ELI Student Policy for more information.
You must take an English placement test before you can begin your first session. This test helps us to know your English level so that we can place you in the appropriate classes. You will receive emails about the time and location of the testing date after you submit your application. After you take the placement test, you will attend an informational orientation session to learn the policies and expectations of ELI. The placement test costs $50. This fee is included with the orientation costs for F-1 visa students.
- Homestay program offered by OvECS Ltd. You can live with an American host family in Salt Lake City.
- Off-Campus Housing
- The University of Utah Guest House offers rooms for short stays on campus
- Local hotels near the University of Utah for temporary stays
Please visit our Housing page for more information.
ELI students with an F-1 visa may only work on the University of Utah campus for up to 20 hours per week. It is against your visa rules to work off-campus and to work more than 20 hours in a week. The ELI office staff must provide you with a letter verifying your student status before you can get a job. You can request this letter after you have attended ELI classes for at least two weeks.
You may apply to the University of Utah at any time during your studies at ELI. If you successfully complete level 8 ELI courses with an overall GPA of a “B” average or higher, you can enter the University of Utah without a TOEFL or IELTS score.
To apply for a graduate program, you must contact the graduate department directly to inquire about their admission requirements. Admission to the ELI is not the same as admission to the University of Utah. You must apply directly to the University of Utah and complete their application requirements. For more information, visit:
Full-time students who need an I-20 must submit these documents:
- Student’s passport
- Bank Verification Form. This form must show that you or your sponsor has the funds to support your studies. The completed form must be less than three months old at the time you apply.
- Financial Responsibility Form. This form must show that you or your sponsor has the funds to support your studies. The completed form must be less than three months old at the time you apply.
Students who do not need an I-20 only need to complete the application on our website. They do not need to submit any documents.
You can email, fax, or mail your supporting documents. Email is the quickest option. Please submit only original documents or scanned copies of the documents. We cannot accept photographs of documents.
Mailing address: 540 Arapeen Drive, Room 110, Salt Lake City, UT 84108
After we receive all of your application documents, it takes about 1-2 weeks to review your application and create an I-20. Your acceptance package will include:
- Immigration and Naturalization Service Form I-20
- An official ELI acceptance letter
You can receive your acceptance package in one of these ways:
- Regular mail – This option is free. It typically takes 2-4 weeks for your I-20 to arrive. There is no tracking number for regular mail shipments.
- Express mail – This option costs between $40 and $70 depending on where you live. It takes 3-5 business days for your I-20 to arrive. A tracking number is provided so that you know where your package is at all times.
- Your friend or family member can pick up your acceptance package from our office.
If you think your I-20 has been lost in the mail, please contact us as soon as possible.
- Complete the online visa application, Form DS-160
- Pay the SEVIS I-901 fee
- Schedule a visa interview at your local U.S. embassy or consulate Be sure to bring all required documents to the interview with you.
After you arrive at ELI, we can advise you about keeping your visa status and I-20 up to date.