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The English Language Institute | Study English on the Campus of an American University

About ELI             

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The English Language Institute (ELI) at the University of Bridgeport is a well-established intensive English as a Second Language program, with experienced teachers holding advanced degrees, a commitment to innovation and excellence in language instruction, and small classes of 3-15 students.

ELI students have access to all university resources and benefits. They benefit from being part of a global educational community in the United States.


We are located on the campus of the University of Bridgeport facing the playing fields, beaches, and picnic areas of Seaside Park on Long Island Sound. The city of Bridgeport is in the state of Connecticut on the east coast of the United States. Beautiful contemporary and traditional buildings grace the campus. New York City and the small cities and towns of Connecticut are an easy train ride away.

Purpose and Mission

Purpose: The English Language Institute prepares non-native English speakers for success in undergraduate and graduate programs of the University of Bridgeport.

Mission: The English Language Institute sees its primary mission as promoting exchange and understanding among peoples of all nations by helping them improve their knowledge of the English language as a medium of international communication.

Accreditation and Memberships

The English Language Institute at the University of Bridgeport is accredited through NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). ELI is a member of EnglishUSA (American Association of Intensive English Programs). Staff and faculty belong to the TESOL International Association.

International Admissions

Students who are conditionally accepted into University of Bridgeport academic programs may study at ELI first. Students in Level 5 or 6 can take academic classes at the same time. To learn more, see Bridge to College English Program.

To find out about University of Bridgeport academic programs, visit International Admissions in your native language:


  • Carlson Hall, Room 200
    126 Park Avenue
    Bridgeport, CT 06604

  • (203) 576-4860


English USA
Memberships and Accreditation

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