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Welcome to the UF ELI Short Term English Program (STEP) Online!

The UF ELI has been teaching English through an Intensive English Program (IEP) since 1954. The UF ELI IEP is intended for full-time F1 students and meets for an intensive 23 hours per week. The shortest term is 7 weeks in the summer, but many students spend 4-8 months studying in the program.

We recognize that not everyone can move to the United States or dedicate 23 hours per week to studying English. We have also heard from our thousands of alumni through the years that they wish they could continue their English studies after returning home.  The UF ELI STEP Online classes are for you!

Each STEP Online class meets for a minimum of two synchronous class hours per week via Zoom, with an additional three hours of planned educational activities per week including instructional videos and resource material, online assignments, and projects. Your instructor will be available to meet with you outside of class for additional help, when needed. All courses are graded as S/U and students who earn an S in the class will receive a certificate of completion.   Attendance in the synchronous class hours is required. Check your time zone! All students must have access to a laptop or PC, a stable internet connection, and Zoom.

Go to STEP Online Course Descriptions, Schedule, and Teacher Information. You can write to the faculty member teaching the course for more information on the content or requirements. You can write to with questions about registering for the courses.


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


STEP Online Registration and Application Steps

Provide a copy or photo of your passport or government-issued identification and proof of completion of secondary school. Email those two items to

Also, click here to register and pay the course fee online (opens a new window).

You will receive a letter of acceptance, access to the STEP Online Student Guide, and information on how to access the class.

STEP Online

Important Information about admissions, technology, and withdrawing

Admission to the STEP Online Program is not the same as admission to a degree program or the Intensive English Program.

In order to benefit from STEP Online classes, students should have adequate access to the internet and technology. Faculty may use a variety of online learning platforms that do not work with a smart phone. As such, you should plan to take the classes from a desktop or laptop computer. All STEP Online classes will be taught via Zoom on the first day of classes.

If you decide to stop attending a STEP Online class, you must email to inform the ELI of your intent to withdraw from the class. No refunds will be provided to students who do not formally withdraw.

Spring A, January 25 – March 5: The deadline to withdraw and receive a full refund for Spring A is January 29th, 2021. The deadline to withdraw and receive a 50% refund is February 5th, 2021. No refunds will be provided after February 5th, 2021.

Spring B, March 15 – April 23: The deadline to withdraw and receive a full refund for Spring B is March 19th, 2021. The deadline to withdraw and receive a 50% refund is March 26th, 2021. No refunds will be provided after March 26th, 2021.

STEP ONLINE Courses available 

Please click here for expanded course descriptions.

Class NameInstructorEmail
English Grammar in ContextChristine
Customer Service EnglishMatt 
Restaurant Service EnglishMatt 
U.S. Music & History for English LearnersMatt 
U.S. Naturalization Test Preparation for English LearnersMatt 
U.S. Constitution for  English LearnersMatt 
Creative WritingMelina
English for Legal ProfessionsCourtney
English for Leadership and SuccessCourtney
Advanced English for Academic DebateCourtney
Writing a Statement of PurposeCourtney
Exploring Research Writing for ScholarsJen
Pronunciation and Grammar for Academic SpeakingJen
Introduction to English Translation Tom 
Book Club: Road Trip through the USAMaya
Podcast Production in English: Exploring Media and ResearchChristine
American Culture and Spoken English through TheaterChristine