Intensive English Program FAQs


Do I need a TOEFL to enroll in ELI?

No TOEFL is required for entry into or exit from ELI.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The university is on the quarter system, which means that students have the opportunity to progress through 4 levels in 1 year. How long it takes to complete the program depends in part on the level at which students begin. Students are tested when they arrive and placed in the level that is most appropriate for them. Students study at one level during each quarter and must pass each level with a grade of “B” or higher in their classes in order to move to the next level. Generally, it takes students 2-3 quarters to complete the program in ELI. 

How many levels do you have? 

ELI offers five levels of English language instruction: Level 1 Novice; Level 2 High Novice; Level 3 Low Intermediate; Level 4 High Intermediate; and Level 5 Advanced. Classes at the advanced level have a credit bearing option for students who have been conditionally admitted to EWU.

Is the English Language Institute accredited?

Yes, ELI is an accredited institute. ELI was one of the first three programs in the U.S. to receive accreditation through the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA). ELI faculty are part of a Modern Languages and Literatures department at a state university, also accredited.

When can I begin studying?

The university is on the quarter system, and so you can begin studying in fall, winter, spring, or summer.

What is the deadline for applying to ELI?

There is no strict deadline for ELI applications. We recommend that students submit application and documents 60 days prior to the start of the term they wish to begin.

How many hours will I study each week?

ELI students attend 18-20 hours of instruction per week, depending on the level.

Do I have to study full time?

Students who attend the ELI on an F1 students visa are required to enroll for a full course of studies. Students must complete three full-time quarters before they are eligible for a vacation quarter. 

How many students are in each class?

Class sizes range from 8 to 16 students, with an average class size of 12.

How much is housing?

Washington University has seven residence halls and offers several meal plan options. First year students are required to live on campus. Review the Live-on Requirement for first year students. International students are encouraged to consider living in the Global Connections Living Learning Community. An academic year contract requires a commitment to live on campus, regardless of date of arrival, through the completion of Spring Quarter.  For room and meal rates please visitHousing and Residential Life at Eastern.