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History and Mission

The English Language Institute has offered intensive English language study for prospective University of Tennessee students and others back since 1978. Today, ELI still prepares international students for undergraduate and graduate studies in the US, but it also serves the Knoxville community with weekend classes of English for Professionals and intensive General English courses. In addition, ELI supports the University of Tennessee community with a for-credit English language course and by hosting short programs for international students and scholars.