English Language Institute

English for Academic Purposes Program

Founded in 1979, The ELI's English for Academic Purposes Program (EAP) serves two groups of people: students who are preparing to enroll in a university degree program in the United States and people who desire an intensive approach to language learning.

Students in the EAP program come from all over the world. Many are international students on F-1 student visas; some are U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

Full-time students in the EAP Program attend 20 hours of noncredit classes each week for 15 weeks in the Fall and Spring Semesters and for 8 weeks in the Summer Session.

To learn more about the ELI's EAP Program, follow the links below.

Description of the EAP Courses

The EAP program consists of four courses: reading, writing, listening, and grammar/speaking. These courses can be offered at four different levels of ability: pre-intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced.

English for Academic Purposes Program

Schedule for Upcoming EAP Sessions

Three different EAP sessions are scheduled each year according to The University of Akron academic calendar. The 15-week Fall semester begins in late August or early September; the 15-week Spring semester begins in January; the 8-week Summer session begins in June. This page lists the schedules for the current and future sessions.

Application Procedures

Applying to the EAP Program is easy. The Application Procedures page describes the steps to complete your application and contains links to the application form and the financial guarantee form. You can print these forms from this page and mail them to the ELI.

Tuition and Fees

The ELI's EAP Program is an excellent value. The amount for tuition covers instructional costs. Fees include health insurance, a materials fee, and an application fee. The Tuition and Fees page also includes estimated expenses for a typical student living in Akron, Ohio.


The ELI-ASSET is the Academic Study Skills and English Test. It measures an ELI student's ability in reading, writing, and listening. All students enrolled in our EAP Program take the ELI-ASSET at the end of each semester. Students who plan to study in undergraduate courses at The University of Akron can use their ELI final grades and ASSET score to fulfill the English requirement for full admission.

ELI Faculty and Staff

The ELI has a dedicated faculty and staff. All of our teachers have years of experience in teaching English to students from many different countries, and most have advanced degrees in teaching English as a second language. Having lived, worked, or traveled overseas themselves, all of our teachers know the challenges of adjusting to life in a new country and language.

Comments from ELI Graduates

Read what ELI graduates think about our classes. Some of these students attended The University of Akron after completing their ELI coursework; others returned to their home countries, where they now have successful careers; others live and work in the Akron area.

ELI Activities

The ELI organizes activities and trips to local areas of interest so that students have a chance to learn about the Akron area and use English outside of class.


Upon completion of our EAP program, many students enroll in an AA, BA, MA, or Ph.D. degree program at The University of Akron. This page describes some of the programs available and provides details about the English language requirement for admission. For additional information you can go to The University of Akron's home page.

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