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English Language Institute

The University of Tennessee’s English Language Institute offers English language programs at all levels for international students, local professionals, and local residents. 

Custom-Designed Programs

We design programs for specific groups with specific goals

We offer specialized programs to meet your need, whether it’s workforce training here in the East Tennessee area or a remote program for undergraduates in Japan! Our custom programs typically last from 3-6 weeks, but we can design them for longer periods if desired.


By agreement. Contact us for more information!



Intensive Academic English

“It was a remarkable experience being at the English Language Institute. ELI was an incredible environment and society, and I’m sure it will last like that for ages. The teachers, volunteers, administrators, and students were like a big family which had no boundaries or hesitation in giving a hand.”

—Yousef Alamri on the Intensive Academic English Program

The English Language Institute has been and is still a wonderful experience for me. Everyone is warmly welcomed here and I can safely say that I have a family in the US now. The staff is very professional and earnest, really helpful, and kind. You feel included right from the moment you step inside. All cultures are celebrated and cheerfulness is the name of the game. ELI completely surpassed my expectations and has been one of the best student experiences I’ve ever had in my life. I could write a book about my really positive experience here, but I feel that summed it up pretty well.”

—Sekou Traore on the Intensive Academic English Program

General English Program

“Improving my English at ELI was a great experience. Learning to speak fluent English in an educational, friendly, and family environment is what I think makes all the difference at the Institute. The administration is very understanding, the teachers are flexible in adapting to any level and giving the best of themselves, and the cultural diversity brings a touch to the education of the English language.”

—Daisy Koffi on the General English Program

Saturday Workshops

In my opinion, the Saturday Workshops are really useful. It helps you develop your English skills. I would recommend it to anyone.”

—Jose Perdomo on the Saturday Workshop Program


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