The English Language Institute (ELI) is a year-round full-time intensive English program designed to prepare international students for admission to a U.S. university by developing academic, professional and social English language skills.

The institute is located on the campus of North Central College, a four-year comprehensive liberal arts university in Naperville, Illinois.

English Language Institute students experience:

  • 20 hours per week of classroom instruction;
  • High-quality programming with professional instructors;
  • Full access to North Central computer, recreational, cultural, and health facilities;
  • Participation in North Central clubs, including the International Club, one of the most active clubs on campus;
  • Friendship family program;
  • Special culture courses and area excursions;
  • Convenient housing in campus residence halls with U.S. undergraduate students;
  • Daily opportunities to interact with U.S. undergraduate students;
  • Walking distance to downtown Naperville and to the commuter train to Chicago;
  • Free campus internet and laundry access.


Why choose the ELI?

High-Quality Classes and Programming

Classes are taught by professional ESL instructors with advanced degrees in teaching English as a second language. Students are immersed in classes that will help them develop the academic and cultural knowledge and skills needed for an undergraduate degree in the United States.

Small, Personalized Classes

In the ELI, most classes have less than 10 students. Having small classes enables our highly- trained instructors to get to know you not just as a student, but as a person. We care about student success, and we work to create classes that are challenging and help students meet their academic goals quickly.

Safe, Accessible Location

All ELI classes are held on the North Central College campus in Naperville, Illinois, just 45 kilometers from Chicago, Illinois. Naperville is one of Money Magazine's "Best Places to Live" and has easy access to Chicago O'Hare International Airport. We are also walking distance to the Chicago train station and to downtown Naperville. Students enjoy easy access to the big city while living in a safe, beautiful town.

Academic Excellence

North Central College has a history of excellence in academics. Forbes magazine recognized North Central as one of "America's Top Colleges" and Princeton Review ranked North Central as one of the "Best in the Midwest."

Founded in 1861, the College is committed to developing leaders who are prepared for the global workforce. Similarly, the ELI is dedicated to student success and preparing students to be leaders in the classroom and beyond.

A Pathway into North Central College Undergraduate Degrees

The ELI is an excellent pathway into an undergraduate degree at North Central College. If you apply to your degree program and meet all academic requirements except English language proficiency, you are eligible for conditional admission. Students in the upper levels of the ELI may also start North Central College classes. This option enables students to adjust to College culture, develop their English, and work on their degree at the same time.

Outstanding Staff and Student Services

ELI students have full access to all North Central services, and there are many ways for students to be part of the campus community. We hope that you take advantage of our library and tutoring services, clubs, gym and recreational facilities, and the health and wellness center.

The staff in the ELI, Center for Global Education, and Admission are all dedicated to student success. We work together to ensure you are able to transition from the ELI into your undergraduate, graduate degree, or next professional stage.

We are also here to help you answer questions and solve problems. We want to help you succeed, and we want your time at North Central to be happy, productive, and memorable.

8-Week Intensive Program

In the 8-Week Intensive Summer Program, students study listening and speaking, reading and writing, and elective courses. Students study English for 20 hours a week and enjoy trips to Chicago and other local areas of interest.

Why Choose the 8-Week Intensive Summer Program?

  • Small, challenging classes with students from around the world.
  • Personalized coursework to help students meet goals quickly.
  • Safe, accessible location - Naperville is one of Money Magazine's "Best Places to Life".
  • Trips and activities to Chicago and other local places of interest.
  • Professional instructors with advanced degrees in teaching English.
  • Full access to North Central facilities, including the library, fitness center, and language resource center.
  • Optional institutional TOEFL testing at the beginning and end of the summer.


Visa Information

8-Week Intensive Summer Program requires a student (F-1) Visa.

Holders of other visa statuses may be eligible to participate in the program.


The English Language Institute has three 10-week terms between the months of September and June. The English Language Institute also has an 8-week summer term in the months of July and August. Eligible students can also study part-time at the English Language Institute and pay a per course fee.

Cost estimate information for the 10-week terms, the 8-week term, and the per course fee is listed below. This information should be used as a guide to help you plan for your education.

2019-2020 Costs (10-week term) Summer 2019 Costs (8-week term)
Tuition: $3,930.00 Tuition and Fees: $3,600.00
Room & Food: $3,811.00 Room & Food*: $2,360.00
Activity Fee & Books: $160.00 Personal Expenses: $200.00
Personal Expenses: $280.00 Medical Insurance: $219.00
Medical Insurance: $365.00 Total (for 8-week term): $6,379.00
Total (per 10-week term): $8,546.00
Per Course Fee (10-week term) Per Course Fee (8-week term)
Tuition: $975.00 Listening & Speaking Course: $1,350.00
Book Fee: $25.00 Reading & Writing Course: $1,350.00
Total Cost Per Course: $1,000.00 TOEFL or Culture Elective Course: $900.00


Program taught in:
  • English
Last updated November 9, 2018
This course is Campus based
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8,546 USD
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