Mercer University English Language Institute

Fast Facts

  • School Size


  • Cost of Attendance

    $1,000—$5,000 Session

  • Affiliation


  • Type of School

    University/Intensive English Program

  • Student Body Gender


  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students


  • Conditional Admission Available


  • Top Programs

    English Language (ESL), English for Specific Purposes Programs, English for Professionals

  • Setting

    City, Suburban

  • Accreditation and Certification

    EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member, SACSCOC

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment

  • Social Media

Why study at Mercer University’s English Language Institute?

When you choose the English Language Institute (ELI) at Mercer University, you will receive exceptional English instruction from experienced and dedicated faculty in one of the United States’ most dynamic cities. Our students have completed the ELI equipped with the skills and confidence to enter prestigious undergraduate and graduate programs across the globe, utilize their English in the workplace, and thrive in English-speaking social environments.

The ELI has a prime location in Atlanta, which is the largest city in the southeastern United States, with over five million people. Atlanta is the capital of the state of Georgia, known for its hospitality and great weather.

Many world-famous companies are based in Atlanta, including Coca-Cola, CNN, UPS, and the world’s busiest airport, Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport. Atlanta is also home to many U.S. professional sports teams, tourist attractions like the Georgia Aquarium and Centennial Olympic Park, and over 300 parks for outdoor recreation.


  • Small class sizes with personal attention from instructors
  • 6 enrollment periods during the year
  • 4 levels of instruction, ranging from beginner to academic
  • Full-time courses in grammar/writing, listening/speaking, and reading/vocabulary
  • Experienced and dedicated faculty and staff who are determined to help you succeed and reach your goals
  • Conditional admission to select undergraduate and graduate programs at Mercer
  • New English Language MBA for International Students
  • Customizable instruction for special groups
  • Located on a peaceful, secure campus just minutes from downtown Atlanta


Our courses consist of integrated skills-based courses, which are organized into Core Courses and Elective Courses.  The amount of time allotted for each course per week corresponds with the amount of time necessary to develop proficiency in each skill. These courses are the same for every level.

All instructors have a minimum of a master’s degree and many years of experience teaching either in the U.S. and/or abroad.


Sample Student Weekly Schedule

9:00AM - 9:50AM Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing
10:00AM - 10:50AM Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing Grammar & Writing
11:00AM - 11:50AM Elective Free Time Elective Free Time Reading & Vocabulary
12:00PM - 12:50PM Lunch Lunch Lunch Lunch Reading & Vocabulary
1:00PM - 1:50PM Reading & Vocabulary Listening & Speaking Reading & Vocabulary Listening & Speaking  
2:00PM - 2:50PM Reading & Vocabulary Listening & Speaking Reading & Vocabulary Listening & Speaking  


Our curriculum is delivered over three semesters per year (Fall, Spring, Summer). Each level is offered during each semester.  Students who test into our Level 1, as Beginners, will need 4 consecutive semesters, or 16 months, to complete our ELI program.  Students who elect to take a break during the summer will need longer, and students who test into higher levels will need less time to complete the program.

Each semester is divided into two 8-week terms (A and B) to allow for students to enroll at the mid-term. Students take a placement test during orientation to determine in which level they will be placed.

Fall 1 Session
August 23 – October 17, 2018

Fall 2 Session
October 18 – December 13, 2018

Spring 1 Session
January 3 – March 1, 2019

Spring 2 Session
March 7 – May 3, 2019

Summer 1 Session
May 16 – June 28, 2019

Summer 2 Session
July 3 – August 15, 2019


ELI students can take full advantage of the student services offered at Mercer University. There are several housing options, including on-campus apartments, homestays, and nearby apartments. We can help you navigate the process of finding a place to stay.

Available student services:

  • New student orientation
  • Cafeteria, bookstore, computer labs
  • Campus Healthcare Services
  • University libraries
  • Social and cultural activities and excursions
  • Student Organizations and an ELI Leadership Group
  • Weekly grocery trips
  • Gymnasium, swimming pool, weight and fitness rooms, tennis courts, soccer fields


English Language Institute Tuition $2125 (22 hours instruction per week)
Application Fee  $150 (one-time only)
Mandatory Technology Fee $75 
Mandatory Student Health Insurance $351


$2551 (doesn't include one-time application fee)

Additional Expenses

Books $100 - $200
Campus Housing $1610 - $1790
Homestay (includes transportation & meals) $1715 - $2115 


We offer short-term and long-term programs throughout the year for special groups. Programs range from one week to six months or more.

Because we design each program tailored to the specific needs of each group, participants can be integrated within our existing ELI classes or have a completely separate schedule. In addition to the courses, we also offer supplementary opportunities including classroom observations, tutoring, seminars, conversation practice with community volunteers, partnerships with other campus departments, and hybrid courses.

We currently offer the following types of programs:

  • English Communication & Culture
  • ESL/EFL Teacher Training
  • Business & Professional English
  • English for health professionals, or other specialized fields
  • Hybrid programs

Apply for this program now and go directly to our online application

Mercer University English Language Institute

3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta GA 30341
P: 6785476151
EnglishUSA Member UCIEP Member
For more information: Mercer University English Language Institute