Mercer University English Language Institute
- School Size
- Cost of Attendance
- Type of School
University/Intensive English Program
- Student Body Gender
- Religious Affiliation
- Scholarships for International Students
- Conditional Admission Available
English Language (ESL), English for Specific Purposes Programs, English for Professionals
Accreditation and Certification
EnglishUSA Member, UCIEP Member, SACSCOC
Type of Housing
Residence Hall, Homestay, Apartment
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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.
HIGHLIGHTS OF OUR PROGRAM
- 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
STUDENT SERVICES (HOUSING & CAMPUS LIFE)
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
COSTS & FEES
|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)
|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
3001 Mercer University Drive
Atlanta GA 30341