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...
  • 20 hours per week of classroom instruction in writing & grammar, listening & speaking, reading & vocabulary, test preparation, and U.S. culture topics.
  • 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. 
Campus Resources for Students


Calendar & Cost Estimates

The English Language Institute offers courses year round and has five 8-week terms during the calendar year. 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.

Full-time and part-time study options are available. 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 Length Airport Pick-Up Day Orientation Class Dates
Spring B 2020 8 weeks March 5, 2020 March 6, 2020 March 9-May 1, 2020
Summer 2020 8 weeks June 4, 2020 June 5, 2020 June 8-July 31, 2020
Fall 1 2020 8 weeks August 17, 2020 August 18-21, 2020 August 24-October 15, 2020
Fall 2 2020 8 weeks October 15, 2020 October 16 and 19, 2020 October 20-December 15, 2020
Spring 1 2021 8 weeks January 7, 2021 January 8, 2021 January 11-March 4, 2021
Spring 2 2021 8 weeks March 4, 2021 March 5, 2021 March 8-May 6, 2021
Summer 2021 8 weeks June 10, 2021 June 11, 2021 June 14-August 6, 2021
English Language Institute Cost Estimates
Costs: Fall A 2019- Summer 2020 (8 week terms)
Tuition $3,000.00
Room & Food $2,945.00
Activity Fee & Books $145.00
Personal Expenses $225.00
Medical Insurance $240.00
Total (per 8 week term) $6,555.00
Costs: Fall 1 2020- Spring 2 2021 (8 week terms)
Tuition $3,000.00
Room & Food $3,000.00
Activity Fee & Books $145.00
Personal Expenses $225.00
Medical Insurance $260.00
Total (per 8 week term) $6,630.00
Cost for One 8-Week Course
Tuition $750.00
Book Fee $25.00
Total Cost Per Course $775.00

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 per week. 

Classes 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.

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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