English for Academic Purposes Program

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 five courses: reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. These courses are offered at four different levels: pre-intermediate, intermediate, high intermediate, and advanced. Classes meet Monday - Thursday during the fall and spring semesters, and Monday - Friday in the summer.

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. 

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.


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