About the ELI


The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Texas at Arlington was founded in 1980 by Dr. Irwin Feigenbaum, professor of Linguistics. He established the ELI with three goals in mind: First, to teach English and other skills to the international students. Secondly, to provide opportunites for observation and preparation to teachers who teach English as a second language. Thirdly, to provide financial support for the Linguistics & TESOL department.


The ELI at UT Arlington provides high quality intensive English as a second language (ESL) programs for international students. We are located at the center of the Dallas Fort Worth (DFW) metropolitan area with a combined population of over 7 million.


Students in the ELI come from varied educational backgrounds and from all over the world. Some are preparing themselves to enter an undergraduate program while others are interested in graduate studies. A few students enter the ELI to to improve their English for business purposes or for self-enrichment. Yet another group comprises graduate students who have been admitted conditionally to the University with the provision that they take Intensive English before pursuing graduate studies. The only educational requirement to enroll in the ELI is completion of a high school education or its equivalent. Therefore, ELI students have varying levels of English ability, ranging from beginner to highly advanced. Students in the ELI are considered adult clients of the Institute and as such are due full respect, courtesy, and cooperation.






• An academic advisor helps students with university admission.

• A student services advisor helps students with housing and personal adjustment problems.

• Airport pickup is available with a request one week beforehand.

• UTA facilities are available to all Intensive English Students.

• There are field trips, picnics, and parties.

• Intensive English students may participate in optional courses for a small fee.