Intensive English Program

General

Program Description

The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Pittsburgh offers a CEA-accredited Intensive English program with classes at five proficiency levels: 

  • High beginning*  
  • Low intermediate
  • Intermediate  
  • High intermediate
  • Low advanced   

*High beginning is approximately equivalent to 24 on the Internet-based TOEFL.

All students take a placement test upon arrival. There are no classes for students who place below the high beginning level. The number of levels offered in Fall 2020 will depend on enrollments. Students on F-1 visas who place into levels that are not being run must transfer to another program within 30 days of entry into the U.S. to maintain visa status.   

Our Intensive English Program is a 13-week program with classes meeting for five class periods per day, four days per week. The program focuses on developing language skills for academic, professional, and personal needs. Students taking a full-time program will study the following classes:

  • Speaking
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Reading
  • Grammar

Students who successfully complete a course will receive a certificate of attendance and a grade report at the end of each term. 

Full-time students receive 20 hours of intensive English instruction each week per academic term.  Classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Each class lasts 45 minutes to allow students a sufficient break between classes.  Students will be assigned a schedule based on their level as determined by the ELI IEP placement test. 

Last updated Nov 2020

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