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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. We are using a new online application, and if you have any issues with accessing it, please email immediately.


UF ELI Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion 


Updated message to our ELI Family

In April, President Fuchs announced that all UF classes and activities will be moved online for Summer 2020 (May – August). For this reason, all UF ELI classes and activities will all be online until August, 2020.

The ELI main office will remain closed to visitors until further notice, but we will be answering email and office phones during regular office hours from 8:00am to 4:30pm EST, Monday through Friday. If you have questions, please email us at

For updates you can visit:

Follow us on @UFLELI to see our activities.

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UF ELI Short Term English Program (STEP) Online classes

The ELI welcomes students to STEP Online beginning Summer 2020. Click for the application .

STEP Online Fall A 2020, September 8 – October 16

STEP Online Fall B 2020, October 26 – December 11

To register for classes: Please send your application, a copy or photo of your passport or government-issues identification, and a copy of proof of completion of secondary school to Click here to 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.

Please click below to go to our STEP Online Application form.

STEP Online information 

Returning ELI Students

Welcome back! Check back for details on Fall C 2020 (September 1 – December 11). If you don’t know your login information or have questions, email us.

New Students #WelcomeHome

Orientation Week is approaching for Fall C, 2020 (September 1 – December 11)! This is when we welcome you to the ELI and give you all the information you need to get settled. You’ll learn about Gainesville, housing, health insurance, and more.

Keep checking back for updated information.