FIU English Language Institute
English Courses in Miami, USA
FIU English Language Institute
English Courses in Miami, USA

About FIU English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami, Florida is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art language training center which is part of the University’s Office of Faculty and Global Affairs. Since 1978, the ELI has taught approximately 25,000 international students and professionals from more than 45 countries to be proficient in the English language through the use of proven teaching methods in the most up-to-date learning facilities.


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The ELI offers its students world-class facilities at a world-class university:

Building: The ELI operates out of its own building, built specifically to meet the needs of its students. The Labor Center building houses the English Language Institute and  is centrally located next to the College of Law and across from the College of Business.


Audio-Visual Language and Computer Laboratory: This forty-eight station laboratory offers the ELI students a wide range of up-to-date computer terminals, each equipped with easy-to-use language learning software that enhances English language learning.


Classrooms: The ELI boasts modern, spacious classrooms, built specifically to accommodate a small number of students.



Studying at the ELI would not be complete without savoring the excitement of culturally rich Miami. At the southeastern tip of the United States, just north of Latin America and on the threshold of the Caribbean, in recent years Miami has become a global crossroads for business and entertainment from banking and shipping industries to the world of film and fashion. From the city’s multi-ethnic population comes a cross-cultural blend of restaurants, festivals, art institutions, and historical sites. The region’s subtropical climate and an average temperature of 77 degrees encourage an outdoor lifestyle, including leisure activities and sports.

The ELI schedules regular field trips to area attractions for all its students. Cultural and historical attractions include Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science, Miami Seaquarium, Zoo Miami, Jungle Island, Bayside Market Place, South Beach Art Deco District, Wynwood Art District, Miami Book Fair International, and Coconut Grove Arts Festival.

Professional sports and leisure activities include Miami Dolphins (American football), Miami Heat (basketball), Miami Marlins (baseball), Florida Panthers (hockey). Leisure activities include snorkeling, sailing, and fabulous beaches.

Attractions within a short drive include: the city of Key West and the Florida Keys; Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando; Busch Gardens in Tampa; Lion Country Safari in West Palm Beach; and Everglades National Park.
Visa Information
In order to join the program, an international student must have an F1 student visa.
The first step before applying for the visa is requesting an I-20 form from our office.
To request the I-20, the student should complete/submit the following:

Complete the Registration Form and include a JPG picture
Submit a bank letter stating the student or the sponsor have a minimum of $13,000USD
Submit a letter of sponsorship if the bank account is not in the student’s name
Submit a copy of the valid passport
Pay the $150 Application Fee
Pay the $65 Express Mail Fee to send documents by private courier (Optional)

All the requirements can be submitted/completed on our website.
Once the application file is complete we will issue the I-20 in one to two weeks.

How to get there

Directions: On-Campus

1. Enter the university on S.W. 112th Avenue and 8th Street
2. Turn Right at the Stop
3. Follow the road, which will curve to the left.
4. As you approach the traffic light you will see the Panther Garage on your right, where you can park and pay $1 per hour. (First floor left hand side.)
5. From the intersection, turn left into Parking Lot 9.  You will see the College of Law on the right.
6. Once you enter Parking Lot 9, turn right, and make the first left to find metered parking.
7. From the metered parking area, you will see the MANGO Building (with a Starbucks in the corner) on the left and the College of Law on the right.
8. Walk between both buildings.
9. As you walk past, you will see the Labor Center, which is three stories tall and light colored.
10. The Registration Office is in Room 101, just across from the elevator.


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