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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 

The ELI Office in 223 Matherly Hall is open for document drop-off and pick-up only between 10:30am and 3:30pm Monday through Friday. 

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

Spring 2021: January 11th – April 23rd

In Spring 2021, all class hours (23 per week) will be offered in-person.  All students intending to study in person must complete an online COVID-19 screening and be cleared to come to campus prior to starting classes.

Online sections of classes may be available, depending on new regulations from the US government. The UF ELI will follow all national, state, local and UF guidance during the Coronavirus pandemic and reserves the right to change course delivery mode based upon this guidance, while meeting US government requirements for F-1 students.

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

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

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Spring C 2021, January 13th – April 23rd

Returning ELI Students
Welcome back! Please check in on myELI between January 4th – 8th. If you don’t know your login information or have questions, email us.

New Students #WelcomeHome
We welcome you to apply for Spring C 2021.

Orientation Week: January 13th-19th. 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 on January 20th.  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 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.

TopicSTEP Online
Core CoursesListening/Speaking

U.S. Law and NaturalizationEnglish for Legal Professions

U.S. Constitution for English Learners
U.S. Naturalization Test Prep for English Learners
U.S. CultureU.S. Music & History for English Learners

Book Club: Road Trip through the U.S.A.
American Culture & Spoken English through Theater
Service IndustryCustomer Service English

Restaurant Service English
Academic EnglishAdvanced English for Academic Debate

Exploring Research Writing for Scholars
Pronunciation and Grammar for Academic Speaking
Writing a Statement of Purpose for University Academic Success
Creative SkillsCreative Writing

Podcast Production for English Learners
Skills for CareersEnglish for Leadership and Success

Introduction to English Translation for Spanish, French, and Portuguese Speakers