english language institute

Intensive English Program

Learn English at North Central College

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 nationally recognized institution located in Naperville, Illinois, a thriving suburb just west of Chicago. 

As a student, you will experience...
  • High-beginning to low-advanced level classes taught by professional ESL instructors with advanced degrees in teaching English as a second language.
  • Small classes with personalized attention and a focus on your language-learning goals.
  • A Pathway into North Central College Undergraduate Degrees. If you apply to your degree program and meet all academic requirements except English language proficiency, you may be eligible for conditional admission. 95% of conditionally admitted students successfully move into undergraduate classes after finishing the English Language Institute.
  • The option to start North Central College undergraduate classes while finishing the English Language Institute.
  • An American university experience in one of the “Best Places to Live,” according to Money Magazine. Students live on-campus with American roommates and take classes the same buildings as other university students. 
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Calendar & Cost Estimates

Our academic year terms align with the North Central College semester calendar. Students are accepted on a rolling basis - there are no official application deadlines. However, we recommend that you complete your ELI application at least eight weeks before the start of your first term so you have time to complete your visa application process and prepare for your studies.

For more information, please see our calendar and cost estimates listed below. Please note that the cost information listed is an estimate and should be used as a guide to help you plan for your education.

Calendar Overview for ELI Terms
Term Arrival Orientation Class Dates
Spring 1 2024: January 3 January 4-5 January 8-February 28, 2024
Spring 2 2024: February 28 February 29-March 1 March 4-May 2, 2024 (no class March 11-15, 2024)
Summer 2024: June 5 June 6-7 June 10-August 2, 2024
Fall 2024: August 13 August 14-16 August 21-December 11, 2024
Spring 2025: January 2 January 3 January 6-April 30, 2025
English Language Institute Cost Estimates Through Summer 2024
Cost Estimates: Fall 2023 - Summer 2024
Full-time Tuition & Fees (4 classes) $3,145
Room & Food $3,302
Activity Fee & Books Included
Personal Expenses $225
Medical Insurance $310
Total (per 8 week term) $6,982
Cost for One Class
Tuition (1 class) $750
Book Fee $25
Total Cost per Class $775
English Language Institute Cost Estimates 2024-2025 Academic Year
Cost Estimates 2024-2025 Cost Per Semester Cost Per Academic Year
Tuition and Fees $6,340 $12,680
Housing and Food $6,763 $13,526
Course Materials and Equipment Included Included
Personal Expenses $450 $900
Medical Insurance $800 $1,600
Total $14,353 $28,706

Class Information

Full-time students take four classes: Writing & Grammar, Listening & Speaking, Reading & Vocabulary, and an Elective Class. Elective classes are typically in American Culture, Test Preparation, or College Preparation. Each class is five hours of instruction per week. 

Classes typically have a Monday, Wednesday, Friday schedule or a Tuesday, Thursday schedule.

Classes typically occur between the hours of 8:30AM-4PM.

See a Sample Class Schedule.

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Staff Information

The staff in the ELI, Center for Global Education, and Admission are all dedicated to your success. We work together to ensure you are able to transition from the ELI into your undergraduate, graduate degree, or next professional stage. We are also here to help you answer questions and solve problems. We want to help you succeed, and we want your time at North Central to be happy, productive, and memorable.

Interested? Learn How to Apply today!

To learn more about the requirements for admission or how to submit your documents and to view a full application checklist, click the link below!

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