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English Language Institute (ELI)

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Columbus State University was established in 2002 to meet the needs of students whose native language is not English.  We offer Intensive English classes for the University-bound student and those seeking English for Professional development.  We offer summer and evening classes for the self-paced learner.

For foreign students, our Intensive English Program (IEP) meets requirements for SEVIS full-time attendance.  You can receive an I-20 from CSU to study at the ELI during the academic year, or even year-round.  

We also offer Immersion Excursions for groups of students. Immersion Excursions are short term (usually 2-4 weeks) visits to Columbus, GA. We provide housing, transportation, ESL classes, and visits to historically and culturally significant locations in Atlanta and Columbus, GA.  

The English Language Institute is a non-degree academic English as a Second Language (ESL) program, offering beginning, intermediate and advanced level intensive English courses. Completion of the ELI program opens the door for studying at an English speaking university. The English Language Institute can help you achieve your goal of preparing and passing the TOEFL or IELTS test.

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