North Central College - Naperville, IL

English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) is a full-time intensive English program designed to prepare international students for admission to a U.S. college or university by developing academic, professional and social English language skills. The institute is located on the campus of North Central College, a four-year comprehensive liberal arts university in Naperville, Illinois. This city of 150,000 people is just 28 miles (45 km) from downtown Chicago, Illinois - one of the nation’s most vibrant, culturally active cities - and just 30 minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

As a student of the English Language Institute, you will experience:

  • 20 hours per week of classroom instruction
  • Small classes and personal interaction with faculty
  • Full access to North Central computer, recreational, cultural and health facilities
  • Free campus Internet access
  • Participation in the International Club, one of the most active clubs on campus
  • Conversation partner program
  • Friendship family program
  • Special culture courses and area excursions
  • Convenient housing in campus residence halls with U.S. undergraduate students
  • Daily opportunities to interact with U.S. undergraduate students
  • Walking distance to downtown Naperville and to the commuter train to Chicago

Once students have successfully completed the advanced level, they may be considered for admission as full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students at North Central College.