ELI Program

Group workELI classes are generally small in order to ensure individualized attention. Instruction at the ELI is student-centered and interactive. Students’ active participation is required to make classes successful and to help students progress in their English language proficiency.

Placement and Levels

There are four levels of instruction ranging from intermediate to advanced level (Levels 3-6). Beginning level classes (Levels 1-2) will be offered if there is adequate student enrollment. You will be placed into a level of instruction based on your performance on the ELI placement exam. All new students take an entrance exam during Orientation. Here is a summary of ELI levels:

ELI Level

Description

CEFR Level

Level 3

Intermediate

B1

Level 4

High Intermediate

B1-B2

Level 5

Advanced

C1

Level 6

Pre-Academic

C1-C2

Advancement to Higher Levels

  • Two sessions per semester allow students to move up more quickly.
  • Move up to the next level after the first session of the semester: Demonstrate proficiency of at least 83% of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLCs) at the end of the midterm session.
  • Move up to the next level at the end of the semester: Demonstrate proficiency of at least 80% of the Student Learning Outcomes (SLCs) at the end of semester (second session).

Conditional Admission

Conditional Admission means a student has filled out a UM application, paid the application fee, submitted high school or university transcripts to Enrollment Services and had their university admission conditionally approved, but this student cannot yet show sufficient proficiency in English.  Conditionally admitted students must attain sufficient proficiency in English before they can fully enroll at the University of Montana.

Transition from ELI to UM

For students to be admitted to the University of Montana, they must achieve one of the following criteria:
  • Receive a recommendation from ELI based on their grades: Minimum GPA of 3.5 or 90% in Level 6.
  • Receive a recommendation from ELI based on their grades and a score on a standardized test such as IELTS or TOEFL: Minimum GPA of 3.0 or 85% in Level 6 AND a documented TOEFL score of 500 (pBT) or 61 (iBT) or IELTS 5.5 (with no band lowerthan a 5.0).
  • Receive an acceptable TOEFL/IELTS/IBT score: Minimum score of 525 or higher on an ELI-administered paper-based institutional TOEFL (pBT), 70 or higher on the Internet-based TOEFL (iBT), or a 6.0 composite score on the IELTS exam. Official test scores must be presented before classes begin or order to be admitted to the university.

Apply to ELI

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