WelcomeThank you for your interest in the ELI, the professional resource for English language learning and cross-cultural training in the Birmingham metropolitan area. 

The ELI offers a range of ESL courses to students, area residents, business people, local corporations, and international visitors. We also offer a full-time
 Intensive English Program.

As the city's professional language learning resource for adults and higher education, the ELI is committed to "Bridging Cultures through Language" through playing an active role in our region's international identity. Read our mission statement to learn more about our purpose and commitments.

Explore our site to see the variety of courses and training programs we have to offer. Let us know how we can help you with specialized English language programs and/or cross-cultural training. We look forward to serving you.


  • Registration has just closed for Spring part-time classes that begin this month. The Summer 2016 Course schedule will be coming soon!  To read a sample of what classes will be available in the Spring, take a look at our Summer 2015 course schedule.  
  • Future IEP students! The Intensive English Program is beginning the semester for its 23rd cohort of students. Would you like to join us for Summer?  Full-time and part-time options are available. More information about our IEP and the IEP application are available online for your convenience.

The Spring 2016 Course schedule is coming soon!
   email-white-icon iep@uab.edu 
   phone-white-icon  205.975.6638
UAB English Language Institute
EB 126
1720 2nd Avenue South
Birmingham, AL 35294-1250