English Language Institute

Our Mission

The English Language Institute will prepare you to continue your education and professional development at Arcadia University or elsewhere. Through language instruction, intercultural experiences, and academic support, the Institute provides you with the foundation for successful academic careers and full participation in a global society.

Why Should You Study Here?

Intensive: Six-level Language Preparation

The intensive English program consists of six levels of language proficiency: 95 Beginning I, 96 Beginning II, 97 Intermediate I, 98 Intermediate II, 99 Intermediate III, and 100 Advanced.

Academic: Bridge and Conditional Admissions Programs

Advanced-level students may be eligible to take graduate or undergraduate courses at Arcadia with language support and may pay for the courses at the credit-hour rate. If accepted as part of conditional admissions, students then take the in-house language test at the successful conclusion of ELI coursework in order to potentially qualify for full-time university study.

Personal: Small Class Sizes and Individual Attention

Most classes have 6-8 students enrolled, allowing teachers to provide the individual attention that students need to succeed in the class.

Dynamic: Suburban Location Near the City

Arcadia campus is located near two major shopping malls, a vibrant local theater, and numerous restaurants with tasty foods. The campus also has easy access to public transportation to and from Philadelphia as well as exciting cities like New York, Washington DC, and Boston.

Interactive: Fun Social Activities and Conversation Practice

At the ELI, students can take local trips to Philadelphia Center City and the surrounding areas, and they can participate in the Conversation Partners Program, which pairs ELI students with native speakers of English for conversational practice.

Special Programs: English-Plus Program 

Throughout the year, the ELI offers specially designed, short-term or long-term programs that combine English language instruction with subject-matter themes, guest lectures, and possible site visits in the academic disciplines. These programs include US History & Politics; Business Principles; the Health Professions; Science, Mathematics, & Technology; the Visual Arts; and Legal Studies. Specifically, the program has two goals: (1) to help students develop the language and literacy skills required in graduate or undergraduate studies or the professions and (2) to socialize students into campus life and introduce them to the broader American culture. 

The English-Plus Program in a specific academic discipline requires a minimum of 8 students to run, and the Arcadia ELI reserves the right to cancel the program and integrate students into the intensive English program if the minimum number of students is not reached. 

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