UNC Charlotte, English Language Training Institute

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ELTI, A Campus-Based Intensive English Language Program in the Dynamic and Growing City of Charlotte, North Carolina

The oldest and largest language program in North Carolina, the English Language Training Institute (ELTI), is housed centrally on the University of North Carolina (UNC Charlotte) campus, offering year-round intensive English programs as well as customized short-term training programs and special academic preparation courses to international visitors.

ELTI hosts more than 250 students each semester with class sizes averaging 12 to 14 students. The vast majority of its students seek preparation for academic study and success on English proficiency tests (TOEFL and IELTS).

ELTI offers three start dates: August, January, and May. Semester study is 15 weeks and summer spans 10 weeks of accelerated study. Full-time students take three classes daily (Reading/Writing, Listening/Speaking, and Grammar) and are placed in one of seven levels.

The university offers conditional admissions to undergraduate students, so students can join ELTI knowing that once they advance their language proficiency, admission to UNC Charlotte is already guaranteed. Advanced students are eligible for a Bridge program where they may take one or two academic courses alongside the language classes, starting their university degree early.

Apart from study, activities such as conversation practice with US students and language lab support allow students to practice their English in authentic settings. Furthermore, the university sponsors several trips each year to regional/cultural attractions and other activities and events at the university which hosts over 27,000 students from the US and over 100 countries.

Students can live on campus in residence halls, in an apartment near the university, or with homestay families. Due to the ELTI’s central location on campus, students enjoy all of the benefits of campus–access to the gym, basketball courts, swimming pool, movie theatre, health center, arts and athletic events, and participating in student clubs and special activities. It is all part of the experience!

The Campus and City Context

UNC Charlotte has over 100 fields of study in bachelor’s, master’s, doctorates, and certificate programs. Popular programs include Business, Information Technology, and a variety of STEM related fields.

Located in the central area of the eastern US, within close proximity to many major East Coast cities, Charlotte is home to one of the ten busiest airports in the US and has good bus and train service, all of which provides easy access for travel during breaks between semesters or long weekends. The city is also home to several professional sports teams and offers a thriving arts and entertainment scene. UNC Charlotte and the English Language Training Institute welcomes Brazilian students to join the university community!

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