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Special Programs

In addition to the regular Intensive English Program available throughout the year at specific times, the English Language Institute offers highly flexible programs for groups of three or more participants at times that they find convenient. The ELI Special Programs are constructed according to needs expressed by universities or agencies organizing group visits. These programs follow academically strict but highly flexible guidelines established by the Institute. Availability of these programs is based upon availability of faculty at the ELI.

Instruction

Programs may consist of standard courses in conversation, reading, writing, and grammar, or they may include an array of offerings that include but are not limited to:

  • English for Specific Purposes (examples: English for doctors, nurses and other health professionals, business English, legal terminology, technical writing for engineers, English for flight attendants)
  • Test-taking Strategies for SAT, GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, TOEIC
  • Accent Reduction
  • Introduction to American Culture
  • Professional Presentations

Flexible Program

Courses are designed upon request. Our goal is to design the program that can best fit your group’s schedule. You need only inform us of your group’s needs, the anticipated number of participants, and the dates of your study, and we will formulate the program.

Sample Program

In the recent past, most special programs have operated for 20 to 30 hours per week for two to four weeks. The following is an example of a program for a group of 15 immigration lawyers from Brazil. Each day was set up to include the following courses.

  • Two week program for immigration lawyers:
  • 1 hour — Legal Terminology
  • 1 hour — Written Business Communication
  • 1 hour — Conversational Strategies
  • 1 hour — Accent Reduction
  • 1 hour — Comparative Culture

Activities

Participants can enjoy visits to local museums, parks, and gardens or travel to famous beaches and tourist attractions such as Walt Disney World, St. Augustine, Cape Canaveral, Sea World, Silver Springs, Busch Gardens, and Universal Studios. Your group can also get involved in the fitness and outdoor activities of Gainesville, an athlete, sport enthusiast and sports fan haven, with multiple facilities, health fitness centers, and a year-round outdoors tradition.

Housing and Meals

Arrangements for housing and dining are made by the Institute through the Special Program Coordinator. Depending on the extent of amenities required, costs for a week’s housing and meals range from $350 – $900 per person (single occupancy room).

Fee Schedule

Individual students should apply for admission to the regular Intensive English Program. Customized programs tailored for groups from partner universities, partner language programs, governmental organizations, and NGOs can be developed according to the following fee structure:

English Programs

March – November

For groups of 9 - 15
participants


$20 per hour, per person


For groups of 6 - 8
participants


$25 per hour, per person


For groups of 3 - 5
participants


$35 per hour, per person


December – February

For groups of 9 - 15
participants


$30 per hour, per person


For groups of 6 - 8
participants


$35 per hour, per person


For groups of 3 - 5
participants


$45 per hour, per person


March – November

For groups of 9 - 15
participants


$25 per hour, per person


For groups of 6 - 8
participants


$30 per hour, per person


For groups of 3 - 5
participants


$40 per hour, per person


December – February

For groups of 9 - 15
participants


$30 per hour, per person


For groups of 6 - 8
participants


$35 per hour, per person


For groups of 3 - 5
participants


$45 per hour, per person


How to Contact Us about Special Programs

To inform us about your personal or group needs, write, call, or e-mail the Special Programs Coordinator at:

English Language Institute-Special Programs
223 Matherly Hall
P.O. Box 117051
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051
USA

Telephone: (352) 392-2070
Email