How Can We Serve You?

At the ELI, we hope to offer English language and cross-cultural communication training that meets your needs. Below are typical student situations and our suggestions for how we can help you. Of course, if you feel that you have a different, specific goal that you would like to discuss, please contact our office.

I want to take some classes to improve my English.

  • Please visit our listing of possibilities for Part-time English study for descriptions of the part-time courses we offer.
I want to study English full-time.

  • Please read about our Intensive English Program (IEP) to learn about our full-time study option, which offers core classes, enrichment activities, and elective courses to rapidly improve your English language skills.
I need a visa to study English.

  • When you apply for full-time study in our Intensive English Program (IEP), you can receive an I-20 from UAB for the application of an F-1 student visa for English language study. Please contact the IEP Manager at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , who will guide you through the IEP application process and help you in applying for your I-20 from UAB’s International Recruitment and Student Services department.
I need English classes for my job.

I need to study for the TOEFL® test.

  • View our Upcoming Course Schedule for information about an upcoming TOEFL® Preparation course, including topics, dates, times, and cost.
I want to prepare for admission to UAB or another U.S. university.

  • Consider enrolling in our Intensive English Program (IEP) to take courses to prepare you for university coursework at UAB or another institution. The program has full-time and part-time study options.
I am a professional scientist (post-doc or researcher), and I want to improve my writing and presentation skills.

I am a visiting scholar and want to take some English classes.

  • As a visiting scholar, you are able to enroll in any of our part-time courses. Please visit the listings of courses available through Part-time English Study with us. If you are unsure which course is best for your needs, please contact our office for assistance.
I need help with my pronunciation.

  • We have classes available to improve your English pronunciation and reduce your accent. Please visit General and Business English Courses for details on our Pronunciation and Accent Training class.
I work with internationals who need help with their English.

My company needs training on cross-cultural communication.

  • The ELI specializes in cross-cultural communication training for companies. We can focus on general cross-cultural skills or on working with a specific culture. For more information, visit Cross-cultural Training for descriptions of what we can offer.
My organization wants to send information to our client /customer /colleague who is moving to Birmingham from another country.

  • The ELI is a great resource for international business people and their families. Invite your clients, customers, or colleagues to view our website for the variety of Programs we offer or Part-time English Study options that may be appropriate for their workplace English needs. Spouses, children, and family members of business people often find that the ELI's Intensive English Program provides exactly the type of English training they are seeking. for. The ELI can send flyers and information to you electronically or in print that you are welcome to distribute.
I am interested in being tutored.

  • At this time the ELI can only tutor on a contract-basis with area businesses or other UAB departments. For information on setting up tutoring, please visit our Corporate Tutoring page.
For any other English language or cross-cultural training needs that you would like to discuss, please contact our office. We are happy to serve you.