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English Language Institute
PO Box 117051
223 Matherly Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051
Phone: (352) 392-2070
Fax: (352) 392-3744

UCIEP, University and College Intensive English ProgramsThe ELI is a proud member of UCIEP, a consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs


Application Information

Application to the English language Institute

To be admitted to the ELI, applicants must do the following:

  1. Complete an application either online or by mail. Please be sure to complete the entire application form, or your application may not go through.

Government and University Sponsored Students: If you will have a financial guarantee from your government or university, we can only accept an application directly from you or your government/university sponsor. We are unable to accept applications from private third-party agents for students with government or university based financial guarantees.

* When you pay your application fee online, please be sure the name of the person applying is entered in the Personal Information field and the name of the person holding the credit card is entered in the Payment Information field.

In addition to submitting the application form, you must also:

  1. Pay the non-refundable $100 application fee by credit card, cashier's check or money order. Sorry, no direct deposits accepted.
  2. Show proof of having completed secondary school (diploma or transcript).
  3. Reach the age of 17 before the first day of class at the ELI. If the student is not yet 18, a parent or guardian MUST sign and date the Waiver of Liability AND the Immunization Form, Section A, below #5, AND Section F at the bottom of the page.
  4. Show proof of financial responsibility if you intend to study on an F-1 (student) visa
    Use the ELI's Certificate of Financial Responsibility
  5. Provide a copy of the student's passport
  6. When we receive your complete application and documents, we will send F-1 applicants immigration documents1 by express mail. You must present this form to the authorities in your country to obtain a visa to study in the U.S.A.
  7. Immunizations:
    U.S. immigration laws require visiting students to the United States to submit a record of their immunizations. International students at ELI must prove they have had the following:
    • A current PPD skin test, taken within the last year, that confirms they are free of tuberculosis
    • AND

    • One of the following vaccine combinations is acceptable
      • 2 MMRs
      • 1 MMR + 1 Measles
      • 2 Measles + 1 Rubella
      • A positive Titer blood test with lab report
      • Please note that a tuberculosis vaccine cannot replace a PPD test. If you have taken a tuberculosis vaccine in the past, you will still need to get a PPD test.

    Immunization Form (Please send the completed Immunization Form only to the ELI )
    Please read the Immunization instructions before filling out the form.
  8. If the student is not yet 18, a parent or guardian MUST sign and date the Waiver of Liability so that the student may participate in cultural activities AND the Immunization Form, Section A, below #5, AND Section F at the bottom of the page.
  9. All students must provide proof of health insurance. If you purchase health insurance in your country, the company MUST fill out the Insurance Verification Form. All responses to this form must be "yes." If you wish to be sure your insurance is acceptable, it is preferable to purchase it when you arrive at the ELI.
  10. All forms and other documents should be sent by mail to:

University of Florida
English Language Institute
P.O. Box 117051
223 Matherly Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-7051

Application Deadline

In order to allow time to issue immigration documents and to make sure that space will be available, completed applications should be in the ELI at least three weeks before the session begins. For the exact date, check the Calendar and Fees

Admission to the University of Florida

Admission to the ELI is not the same as admission to the University of Florida. If you wish to obtain admission to the university, you must apply there directly. You can request the necessary forms from the Admissions Office, Criser Hall, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611, U.S.A. You can also visit the main University of Florida web site or UF International Admissions.

Regulations for Foreign Visitors

International students must follow these regulations established by the U.S. Immigrations and Naturalization Service (INS).

  1. Overseas applicants are required to show proof of financial responsibility (in English). A completed Certificate of Financial Responsibility showing enough funding to cover your chosen session's expenses constitutes proof (see Calendar & Fees for expenses).
  2. The immigration documents issued by the ELI are valid only while the student is at the ELI. They may not be transferred to another person.
  3. Students must maintain their status as ELI students. Students are expected to attend class regularly to maintain student status.
  4. If you need more information about obtaining a visa from the United States, the U.S. State Department Education site/main U.S. State Department site might be useful.

Refund Policy

The ELI application fee is non-refundable.

Tuition is refundable in full up until the drop-add date published in the ELI Semester Dates. Tuition is non-refundable after this date. Tuition paid with a credit card must be refunded to the credit card used to make the payment. Tuition paid with cashier's check or money order will be refunded via check. A check refund may take 6-8 weeks to process. In order to drop classes and receive a refund, a student must complete a drop-add form or a withdrawal form before the drop-add deadline. There are no refunds or tuition credits after the drop-add deadline.


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