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English Language Institute
University of Hartford
200 Bloomfield Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06117

Campus location: Auerbach 220
Phone: 860.768.4399

The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Hartford offers a comprehensive academic program designed for international students who need to improve their English language skills in both general and academic situations.

Based on their program, students can receive up to 22 hours of instruction per week in the classroom and ELI Language Lab. Courses emphasize the four main skills: Reading, writing, speaking, listening, with extra support for Grammar usage and vocabulary acquisition.

Enrollment in the ELI provides you with access to all University extras such as clubs and university events and provides a TOEFL PBT test at the end of each semester for academic purposes. Our courses are non-credited.

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Interested in studying English as a Second Language through ELI? A separate application and tuition fee are required for the program depending on which program you are applying for. Click on the links for your specific program. Descriptions for each program is below.

Academic Preparation and General classes


The ELI offers two types of English study: general and academic. Within those two types, 4 different programs of study are available depending on the needs of the students.

General Classes

This program is designed for permanent residents and other non-F1 students who need English as a Second Language for everyday life, such as for their jobs, classes, households, travel, etc. By the end of the program, students will:

  • have a firm grasp of communicating in English on a broad range of topics for everyday life.
  • have an advanced ability to create complex grammatical structures.
  • have the ability to express abstract ideas, opinions, and processes in both written and spoken English.
  • have the ability to use written English in a variety of general practices, such as crafting emails, official requests, or answering open-ended questions.

There are 3 levels of General Classes: Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced. These classes run for 4 hours a week for 12 weeks. At this time, general courses are only provided in the evening from 5:00-7:00pm, twice a week.

Tuition: $616

Fees: $500

Academic classes

These classes are designed to prepare students for the specifics of English in an academic setting. Students will learn the communication skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to engage and thrive in their university classes. The classes will also prepare students for the responsibilities and expectations of being in a Western-style university. These lessons will focus on how to be a successful student in the U.S. and will emphasize the differences in teaching styles between the U.S. and the student’s native country.

Any student who completes the full-time academic program will have their English test requirement waived at the University of Hartford.

There are three different academic programs. Depending on enrollment, each program will have their own cohorts. These cohorts will be designed to fit the needs of each individual program. The information for each program is below:

ELI-only (Academic Preparation)

Choose this program if:

  • You need intensive English language acquisition for academic purposes.
  • You need full-time F-1 visa status.
  • You have not applied to any university for acceptance. This includes the University of Hartford.
  • You are a permanent resident and need part-time English classes during the day.
  • You wish to learn more about how to be a university student in the United States.
  • You want to apply to the University of Hartford but need a little time to do so.
  • You want to practice for an English proficiency exam such as the TOEFL or IELTS.
  • You want to focus only on improving your academic English skills.

Conditional Admittance

This program is for students who are planning to attend a specific major at the University of Hartford but do not have the required English score on an accepted English proficiency exam.

These students have already been accepted to the University of Hartford but need to pass the ELI program to waive their English requirement. Please contact the International Admissions department for more information on how to apply (or click the link above).

International Pathway Program

This program is for students who would like to start their major program and classes right away, but do not have the required score on an accepted English proficiency exam. These students have been accepted at the University of Hartford for certain majors. The students will have a mixture of English and academic classes while they go through the program. Once they complete the program, the student will continue their academic classes and matriculate fully to the University.

Academic Courses

Full-time enrollment is 22 hours a week, Monday-Thursday 8:30-2:30 and Friday 8:30-10:30 for 15 weeks. The Academic Program has five classes:

  • Grammar and Vocabulary
    – Students learn grammar mechanics and Academic vocabulary retention while learning how to comprehend and analyze English texts in an academic setting.
  • Academic Success
    – Students learn the expectations and responsibilities of students and how to be successful in a Western-style university.
  • Topical Projects
    – Students use the information they have learned in English class to plan, create, and present 2 different projects throughout the semester. These projects are meant to encourage communication and collaboration.
  • U.S. Culture and Communication
    – Students will learn about U.S. cultural norms while practicing their listening and speaking abilities in an academic context.
  • Writing
    – Students will learn how to write effectively in an academic setting. Writing samples include how to make a paragraph, thesis statement, and multi-page essays.

Part-time students can pick and choose their classes but must stay under 15 hours a week.

General Courses

Non-academic classes run for 4 hours a week for 12 weeks. At this time, general courses are only provided in the evening from 5-7 p.m., twice a week. There is one class per level. These classes include all the basic skills: reading, writing, speaking, listening.

I have lived some of the best moments in my life studying in the University of Hartford. It’s a great opportunity to live with people from other cultures. … It’s pretty cool to know that my year abroad wasn't only for learning English, it was also a great experience to learn about other cultures, and grow into a better person.

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