ELI Program Information

English Language Institute students in Washington, D.C.

Classes for the English Language Institute at Washington & Jefferson College begin on Sept. 1, with arrival and orientation on Aug. 27. You can apply online, or contact ELI Director Dana Poole for more information.

Our Objectives

• To provide students with quality language instruction that enables the achievement of their personal, academic and professional goals.

• To engage our students in the W&J educational, cultural and community resources.

• To assist our students in their transition to mainstream academic courses.

• To provide our students and community with opportunities for international experiences and learning.


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 Aug. 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 semester cost?

For tuititon we currently charge $6000/per 14-week semester. This cost includes all fees, technology, parking, atheltics, and more. W&J seeks to be transparent in its fees, and therefore charges a single, comprehensive tuition & fees bill. 

Housing and meal plans depend on the location and type of food plan desired. For more information, view housing and meal plan fees on Washington & Jefferson College's Tuition and Fee Schedule.

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. 

How do I apply?

You can apply online, or contact ELI for more information.

Contact Information

Dana Poole
Director of the English Language Institute

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