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Welcome to the English Language Institute (ELI)

The University of Florida English Language Institute offers intensive English programs that prepare students for using English in the real world. Our methods of instruction are based on current research in the fields of language teaching, acquisition, learning and assessment, and the more than 60 years of experience we have had teaching English to international students at the University of Florida. Our faculty and staff are committed to excellence in providing quality service and education. We offer English instruction that prepares you for using English in an academic or professional context as well as the culture that is all around you.

UF ELI Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


Updated message to our ELI Family 

Following guidance from the United States government and the University of Florida, the ELI will provide a combination of on-campus and online courses for the Fall 2020 semester for initial F-1 students, following University of Florida protocols for re-opening.  As we return to campus, your safety and well-being are a top priority.

Students already studying at the ELI will continue to take interactive, remote classes in the Fall 2020 semester.  All students have the option of joining remote classes from their home country without an F-1 student visa. Please contact for further information regarding these options.

Please contact the EducationUSA office in your country for embassy and travel information.

You can reach the ELI main office by calling 352-392-2070 between 8:00am and 4:30pm EST, Monday through Friday or emailing

The ELI Office in 223 Matherly Hall is also open for document drop-off and pick-up only between 10:00am and 2:00pm Monday through Friday. 

All students, faculty and staff must complete UF COVID-19 online screening: and be cleared before coming to campus. 


Join UF English Language Institute, UF Undergraduate Admissions, UF Graduate School, and Santa Fe College representatives Saturday, Sept. 19, from 900am – 600pm, EST.  We will have Spanish and Portuguese speakers.

Register here:

Follow us @UFLELI to see our activities.

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Fall C 2020, September 1st – December 11th

Returning ELI Students
Welcome back! Please check in on myELI between August 24th – 28th. If you don’t know your login information or have questions, email us.

New Students #WelcomeHome
We welcome you to apply for Fall C 2020. Our online placement test is scheduled for 10:00am EST, Wednesday, August 26th.

Orientation Week: September 1st – 4th. The ELI will welcome you and give you all the information you need. You’ll learn about academics, activities, teachers, student life, Gainesville, housing, health insurance, and more. Classes begin September 8th.  Apply here!

Email Daryl Bish at for application and immigration.

Email Patricia Moon at for placement test and academics.


UF ELI Short Term English Program (STEP) Online classes

The ELI welcomes all students and professionals to STEP Online to continue your English study. New courses announced for Fall 2020!

 Click for the application steps

STEP Online Fall A 2020, September 8 – October 16

STEP Online Fall B 2020, October 26 – December 11

To register for classes: Please send a copy or photo of your passport or government-issued identification and a copy of proof of completion of secondary school to Click here to register and pay the course fee online (opens a new window).  After registration, you will receive a letter of acceptance, access to the STEP Online Student Guide, and information on how to access the class.

For complete course descriptions, instructor information, click here.