English Language Institute



The English Language Institute (ELI) is a special program at Pacific University, which is near Portland, Oregon.  The ELI has classes for students who want to improve their academic English language skills before they take university classes in the United States. Most ELI students who successfully complete the ELI program transfer to one of Pacific University's undergraduate or graduate programs.

ELI classes are taught by instructors who care about their students' success. All ELI instructors have master’s degrees in TESOL or a related field and have lived and taught in other countries.

The ELI program:

  • Has supportive teachers
  • Offers small classes
  • Offers a lot of activities to experience American culture
  • Happens in a safe and friendly place

If you have any questions, contact us at eliadmissions@pacificu.edu or 503-352-1600. You can also download the ELI Application (pdf) for more information.