Welcome to the English Language Institute (ELI)


Fall 2014 start date: August 31! Apply online or contact the director at dpoole@washjeff.edu

The mission of the English Language Institute (ELI) at W&J College is to provide state-of-the-art instruction in English language and academic skills necessary for students enrolled in an American institution of higher education. Through full integration in campus life,  intense study of English and its application in an academic environment, and course content intended to enrich knowledge about American culture, history, and politics, students will develop lifelong language learning skills, learn the expectations of students pursuing a high-quality liberal arts education, and participate in an engaged, diverse community. 

For questions: Please contact

Dana Poole, Director of the English Language Institute

Washington & Jefferson College
60 South Lincoln St.
Washington, PA 15301


What classes can I take at the ELI? The ELI has two components: Special Summer programs and Semester Based programs

1. International Summer Course (Start dates vary)
The International Summer Course aims to develop a range of learning skills, including reading, writing, grammar, speaking and quantitative analysis, while introducing international students to American culture and the specific norms of North American higher education. Special emphasis will be placed on academic skills required for higher education, including paper writing, research methods, and critical analysis. 

2. Intensive English Courses (Start date for Fall, 2014 is August 31)
Intensive English Courses, offered concurrently with the regular academic, create an immersion-style English language curriculum that is standards based and heavily focused on linguistic skills and cultural knowledge. This course is designed for students who are below the minimum matriculation guidelines for English language proficiency. Students who have satisfactorily completed the course of study will have the skills and proficiency needed to matriculate as regular degree-seeking students.

How much does a semster cost?

For tuititon we currently charge $6000/ 14 Week semester including all fees, technology, parking, atheltics, etc. Unlike other institutions, W&J seeks to be transparent in its fees. Therefore we charge a single, comprehensive tuition & fees bill. 

Housing and meal plans depend on the location and type of food plan desired.

  • Housing and Meal plan fees are listed here:

Where is the ELI located?

The English Language Institute is Administered as a part of the Office of Graduate & Continuing Studies at Washington & Jefferson College and is housed in Thompson Hall, or the Old Library. 

How do I apply? 

Apply online!