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2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

English Language Institute

English Language Institute (ELI)

UMBC’s English Language Institute (ELI) offers courses for current UMBC and prospective international students who seek to advance their English language skills for specific fields and purposes. In addition to “conditional admission” where students who successfully complete upper-level ELI courses become eligible to apply for UMBC’s bachelor’s degree program and master’s degree programs without taking TOEFL, ELI also offers the “Bridge Program,” which lets students apply for both the English training program at ELI and an undergraduate program at UMBC together without a TOEFL score.

The ELI offers varied program and course options all year round:

  • Intensive English Program (full- or part-time study): These courses are non-credit and for those who want to improve overall skills of English language used in daily life.  The skill levels start from basic (Level Intro) up to advanced (Level 5).

  • Academic English Program (full- or part-time study): This program is designed for more proficient English speakers at intermediate and advanced levels (i.e., Level 4 through 6) who want to study in an undergraduate and graduate program after their program completion.

  • Special Skill-Focused Courses: TOEFL, GRE and TOEIC preparation; accent reduction; business/professional English, and more.

  • Extra-Intensive English Programs:  Full- or part- time study in January or August.

  • TESOL Training Course (on-campus or online): For those who want to explore the fields of TESOL and TEFL and those who want to teach English to non-native adult English speakers in the U.S. or abroad.

  • Online English Courses: The online courses are designed for advanced English users (Level 5) who are unable to come to the U.S. to study English and want to study English anytime, anywhere in the world to fit their busy daily schedule.

Advantages of ELI programs include access to free individual tutoring, the free “Conversation Partner Program,” where each student is paired up with an English speaker to practice his/her English, individualized academic and immigration advising, online course options, English language learning software, immigration advising, and more.

For more information, contact ELI at 410-455-2831 or visit