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Welcome to the English Language Institute!


At the English Language Institute, you'll belong to a great group of classmates at a top-notch institute with interesting and active classes, you'll belong to the University of Utah's huge campus with the latest technology and modern facilities, and you'll belong to the growing international family connected by the study of English.

Utah! ELI! The Place Where You Belong!

George PlautzWelcome to the English Language Institute (ELI) website. I am George Plautz, the current director of ELI. I have been teaching at ELI since 1992. As part of my teaching and recruiting job and my personal interest in traveling, I have visited 30 countries on five continents, met with my former students in their own countries and got acquainted with their culture. This is why I love working with international students and helping them achieve their goals.

English Language Institute is an Intensive English Program offering eight levels of English proficiency covering all skills needed for successful communication in academic and non-academic environments. ELI students who complete the Bridge Course (levels 7 and 8) with a "B" average or higher can be admitted to the University of Utah’s undergraduate program without a TOEFL score.

ELI is well known in Utah for the high caliber of its instructors who are creative, experienced, and dedicated to their students' achievements.

Utah is world famous for skiing and snowboarding, but there are many other kinds of adventures to be experienced here. River rafting, hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and animal watching are also popular. Some of the most famous national parks in the world are close by: Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion Canyon and Arches National Park are incredibly beautiful and within a half-day drive from Salt Lake City. We can take you there.

Review the courses we offer, read the messages from our instructors, scan the picture gallery illustrating various student activities, and admire the breathtaking scenery of Utah.

If you are looking for a beautiful and safe place to study American English and have a wonderful cultural and educational experience among friendly Salt Lakers, I encourage you to apply. You will have a chance to meet others like you and learn English in a fun, supportive, and totally unique environment. I am eager to personally welcome you to the University of Utah's English Language Institute.

George Plautz
ELI Director
Phone: 801-581-4600
FAX: 801-585-9449