Program Information

Program Information

Program Information

The primary goal of Millersville University’s ELI program is to equip non-native speakers of English to succeed in university-level classes. Students receive 18 hours of language instruction and 4 hours of lab work per week. Classes are interactive, which means students are graded on in-class participation, homework, presentations, tests, quizzes and written reports.


Students must be apply and be admitted to the ELI before attending classes. A TOEFL or IELTS score is not required to be admitted to the ELI, but an English language proficiency test will be given prior to the start of classes to determine level placement. ELI Application documents may be mailed, scanned or faxed to Millersville University, using the following details:

Global Education, Millersville University
2 S George Street
Cumberland House
Millersville, PA 17551-0302
Fax: 717-871-7956

Admissions and immigration documents are prepared within 2-weeks of receiving a completed application. Newly admitted students will be required to use E-ship Global to receive their admissions and immigration documents. Students applying for conditional admissions, must work directly with undergraduate or graduate Admissions offices.

Level Promotion

ELI Students must earn a minimum of a C- (70% or 1.7 G.P.A.) average in each course to pass from one level to the next. Students in levels 4 through 6 will have the opportunity to take undergraduate courses concurrently as a part of their ELI electives. Successful completion of level 5 (for undergraduate students) and level 6 (for graduate students) allows students to begin full-time academic classes at Millersville University.

Students must earn a minimum of a B- (80% or 2.7 G.P.A.) average to matriculate to their full-time academic major. Students must work with the respective admission department to be admitted to an academic program. For more information regarding being admitted to MU’s academic programs, visit our International Admissions page.

Important Note: Applicants must meet all other Millersville University admission requirements, including program-specific requirements.

Length of Study

The amount of time it takes to learn a new language depends on the individual. Students who begin the ELI program in levels 1 or 2 should expect to study for at least 12 months prior to taking full-time courses in their academic programs. Students in levels 3 or 4 should expect to study for at least 8 months prior to taking full-time courses in their academic programs. Students beginning in levels 5 or 6 should expect to study at least 4 months prior to taking full-time courses in their academic programs. 



Anticipated Length of Study at ELI before full-time enrollment in academic major



12 months until taking courses for credit



8 months until taking courses for credit



4 months until taking courses for credit

Important Information for Students

Expectation of Students

Students are responsible for following classroom and program policies, as communicated in orientation and the ELI Student Handbook. Students are accountable for their actions. For example, students must have regular attendance, be punctual to class and come prepared with completed assignments and readings. Students must complete all assignments, quizzes and exams in a timely fashion. Students are expected to learn about the concept of academic integrity and strive to implement strategies to ensure compliance to ELI’s academic integrity policy. Students must be respectful to their classmates, teachers and ELI administrators at all times. Students should strive to use English 100% of the time.

Class Attendance

It is expected that students show up and actively participate in enrolled classes. Students must attend at least 80% of ELI classes to be eligible to pass. (It should be noted that for some students, U.S. immigration or government sponsors require ELI students to attend 100% of classes.) There is no distinction between an excused or unexcused absence. Students who fail to meet attendance requirements will automatically fail the course and will be required to repeat that level.

Enrollment Verification

If ELI students need documentation of enrollment, they may request a verification letter. To receive an enrollment verification letter, speak to your instructor or ELI staff. For letter requests regarding your immigration status, please contact, or visit Global Education in the Cumberland House.

Rights and Responsibilities

ELI students must abide by the same rules as all other students at Millersville University. Failure to do so may result in suspension or expulsion from Millersville University, which will result in your I-20 being revoked, taking you out of legal status on your visa. For more information, please review the Millersville University Student Code of Conduct.

Complaint Policy

The Global Education and ELI staff will work hard to make your experience here a great one. However, if there are any situations or issues that are causing you difficulty, we will be happy to talk with you about them. Students have the opportunity to meet and discuss any concerns or issues with the Director of Global Education. If students have complaints about ELI policies or classroom instruction, other programming or their overall experience, they may file a complaint with Global Education using the Student Complaint Form.

Student Departure

Students are expected to attend classes throughout the entire semester, from the first date through to the final class. If extraordinary circumstances exist, such as an illness or death in the family, a student may request permission to depart early. Students must meet with ELI staff to ensure that their academic requirements are met and that their academic and immigration record is not affected. Failure to do so may result in suspension or expulsion from the ELI. Related to this, please review Global Education’s information regarding how absences and departures may affect your immigration status.