Welcome to the ELI
Welcome to the English Language Institute! Our Institute began in 1983 with 17 students and now hosts over 100 students annually from more than 20 countries. The ELI is part of Notre Dame of Maryland University, which celebrates its 125th year in 2020. Although our bachelor’s degree program is for women only, the ELI, the College of Adult Undergraduate Studies and the Graduate Studies programs are co-educational, meaning they are for women and men.
Full-time students are in class Monday through Thursday. After class, students often work on homework and projects with classmates before returning to their homes. Fridays are reserved for field trips, conversation partner activities, student advising, and other campus events.
The ELI is a unique global learning community. In any given semester we have students from about 15 different countries that come together to live, learn, and experience American culture.
In addition to meeting classmates from all over the world, students have many opportunities to connect with American students on campus through our Conversation Partner Program and student groups such as the Student Government Association, Model UN Club, Muslim Student Association, and more.
Field Trips & Social Events
The ELI understands that learning a new language happens as much outside the classroom as it does inside the classroom. That's why we provide our students with opportunities to use their English in a variety of social events and field trips.
Each semester, the ELI organizes at least two field trips to "local" destinations such as Washington DC, New York City, Philadelphia, or Annapolis, among others.
Additionally, the ELI organizes activities/events for students to engage with others and learn about American culture. Past events have included Holiday Celebrations, visiting local museums, attending sporting events, and visiting local businesses.
To see for yourself what kind of adventures our students have, visit our social media sites: