About Us

Our History

Founded in 1993, the English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Montana serves international students with limited English proficiency seeking to improve their English language and academic skills in order to pursue studies at UM, at another institution of higher education, or for professional training purposes. ELI is housed within the Office of International Programs (OIP), and provides academic year and summer instruction, and tailored short-term English language training programs whose durations vary. ELI has a population of 100 international students from 30 different countries. Over the past years, ELI has taught students from more than 44 countries, the majority of whom continue their studies in the UM system or other American institutions. 

In addition to the rapid progress you will make with the English language, you will also make incredible friendships and unforgettable memories.

Come learn with us

The best way for you to improve your English language skills and experience true American Culture is studying at University of Montana ELI. You'll work with dedicated faculty members who all hold at least a Master’s Degree in TESOL or related field, some having multiple degrees and many years of international teaching experience. University of Montana ELI students have full access to computer labs, library resources, UM Recreation Center, the Writing Center (insert links!) and many other resources to help students succeed! 

eli instructor with student

You will experience American culture both inside and outside the classroom while achieving your academic, professional, and personal goals.