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Overview of Eastern's English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) is an academic unit in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures in the College of Arts, Letters, and Education at Eastern Washington University. It was established in 1979 and has been in existence for over 35 years.

The goal of the ELI is to provide English language training to speakers of other languages in order for these students to matriculate to colleges and universities in English-speaking countries. The focus of the program is on English for academic purposes. Students learn English related to academic contexts such as writing essays, taking lecture notes, and giving presentations.

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See the Apply to ELI page for conditional admission and graduate student information.


SelfScore International Student Scholarship

Get rewarded for your academic excellence. Twelve high-achieving international students will receive $5,000.

Tláloc in Art and Culture

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EWU Day at Silverwood

Spend a summer day at the Northwest's largest theme park - Silverwood Theme Park and Boulder Beach Waterpark!  Join us for big rides, big slides and big fun!


Oktoberfest 2016: Haunted Halls

Come be a part of EWU Libraries' annual fundraiser, Oktoberfest! 5 PM-10:30 PM. JFK Library.

Fall Career Fair

Find a job, internship, or graduate school in computer science, engineering, business, finance, administration, community services, government, public relations, design, marketing, education and more!

Deposit Due for GlobalSemesters Program

Additional $250 Scholarship for All Students who submit their program deposit, through Global Semesters, by October 30th!

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Eastern's ELI is an accredited university-level intensive English program, receiving its accreditation through Eastern Washington University, which is a member of the the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). It is also a member of the University Consortium of Intensive English Programs (UCIEPP) and the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).