Samford University


The English Language Learner Institute

Welcome to the The English Language Learner Institute (ELLI) at Samford University!  The ELLI offers an intensive English program designed to help non-native English speakers develop the English skills needed to achieve their academic goals in an American university.  Explore Samford's campus with our interactive online tour and look around our website to see why Samford's ELLI is the right place for you!   

Why choose the ELLI?  

Small Classes

 Our classes are no larger than 10 students per class.  You can have the personal attention you need to help you achieve your English goals.                

Excellent Instruction  

All our instructors have masters degrees, are professional, and are committed to our students on an academic and personal level.  

Safe & Friendly Campus  

Samford University is a small, gated school in the heart of the Southern United States. You will feel safe and welcome here! 

Cultural Assistance  

Samford University is committed to helping all its international students with their transition to the US.  We have several staff members who are committed to assisting you in all areas of your American life.   

Cultural Activities  

Our program offers weekly cultural activities and trips around the South to give students an introduction into American culture and to help them transition to the US. 

Friendship Partners 

The ELLI offers American Friendship Partners to all students in our program.  Having an American Friendship Partner is a great way to be involved in the daily lives of Americans. 



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Samford University

The ELLI is an English as a Second Language (ESL) program that is affiliated with Samford University, a small private university located in Birmingham, Alabama.   

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