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 is open for Fall 2015 part-time classes that begin in August. To read what classes are available, click here for our Fall 2015 Course Schedule.
  • Future IEP students! The Intensive English Program just finished midterm for its 21th cohort of students. Would you like to join us for Fall?  Full-time and part-time options are available. More information about our IEP and the IEP application are available online for your convenience.

   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