Apply to the English Language Institute (ELI)

Download the ELI Application (PDF)

ELI Application (PDF)
The ELI Application is for students who intend to study only English.


Admission is available to all applicants who have a sincere desire to study academic English in an intensive program and are 17 years of age or older for the fall and spring semesters. Students under 17 years of age may attend during the summer semester with special permission.

Please read the instructions on this page carefully before submitting your application. The ELI Application is for students who intend to study only English. Students wishing to study English and academic coursework for a degree should apply for Conditional Admission.

Mail the completed application with a non-refundable application fee of US $50 payable to University of Bridgeport, copy of passport, and bank statement if required for F1 visa.

Mail the application to:

University of Bridgeport/English Language Institute
126 Park Avenue
Bridgeport, CT  06604  U.S.A.

Students applying to ELI only from outside the US

  • Students who need an initial I-20 to apply for an F1 student visa to study at ELI only:
    • Important Information:
      • Your I-20 will be issued by International Admissions and will be for language study only.
      • The length of time you can study on our I-20 depends on which level you test into and will be no more than 12 months.
    • Steps to take:
      • Complete and send ELI Application form
      • Include the $50 application fee
      • Include a copy of the information & photo pages of your passport
      • Include a color scan of an original bank statement showing at least one session’s tuition & living expenses. Please see the latest ELI application for current cost estimate.
        • If bank account is not in student’s name, account holder must fill out Affidavit of Financial Support on 2nd page of application.

Students applying to transfer to ELI

  • Students currently studying at another school in the US on an F1 Student Visa who wish to transfer to UB’s English Language Institute to study English only:
    • Important Information:
      • You must first apply.
      • Once you are accepted to ELI, you will receive a Transfer Form. Your current school needs to fill out and return the transfer form to us and then transfer your SEVIS record to us.
      • You will receive a new I-20 after you arrive here and register
      • You must begin studying at ELI at the next session after you are transferred in SEVIS.
    • Steps to take:
      • Complete an ELI Application form
      • Include the $50 application fee
      • Include a copy of the information & photo pages of your passport, the visa page, and the front page of all I-20s received
      • Include a color scan of an original bank statement showing at least one session’s tuition & living expenses. Please see the latest ELI application for current cost estimate.
        • If the bank account is not in your name, the account holder must fill out the Affidavit of Financial Support on the 2nd page of the application.
  • Once accepted, give the Transfer Form to your current school. (The Transfer Form will be included in your admission packet.)
    • Check with your current school to be sure your SEVIS record has been transferred.
    • Receive your new I-20 after you have registered.


OPT Information Session @ Discovery Pavilion, Wahlstrom Library
May 3 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are you graduating soon? Are you interested in applying for work authorization in the U.S. after you complete your degree? If so, please join us at one of our OPT Information Sessions to learn more about your eligibility, how to apply for OPT, and how to find a job!

Presented by International Student Services and the Center for Career Development.

Commencement 2016 – Undergraduate and Graduate @ Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard
May 7 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

The University of Bridgeport will be celebrating its 106th Commencement Ceremony in May. Conferral of Degrees for the undergraduate and graduate candidates from the School of Arts and Sciences, Ernest C. Trefz School of Business, School of Education, School of Engineering, Shintaro Akatsu School of Design, College of Public and International Affairs, Physicians Assistant Institute and undergraduates in the Fones School of Dental Hygiene Degrees will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. in the Webster Bank Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT.

This venue will enable everyone to graduate together with family and friends present (rain or shine) and allow for wonderful photo opportunities (thanks to the tiered seating).

Homecoming 2016 @ University of Bridgeport Campus
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 16 @ 1:00 pm

UB Homecoming 2016
Celebrate your Purple Knight Pride!

Alumni, current students, families, faculty, staff, and friends of the University of Bridgeport
are invited to join us for a weekend full of fun social, academic, and athletic events!

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$20 for adults, $15 for students and children under 18, and free for students on a UB meal plan.
Take advantage of a special $5 off early bird rate now through August 31, 2016!

Your registration includes a free tee-shirt, continental breakfast and BBQ lunch on Saturday, and brunch at Marina Dining Hall on Sunday!  Also includes entry into events throughout the weekend (exceptions: UBCC Dinner, Athletics Hall of Fame, 5k). Pick up your shirt, lanyard, and more info at the Cox Student Center on Saturday and the Marina Dining Hall on Sunday.

Click Here to Register for Homecoming Weekend!

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 14

 Saturday, October 15

Sunday, October 16

All events, locations, and times subject to change.

More information:

Hotel and Travel

The University of Bridgeport has arranged discounted rates at local hotels for anyone attending Homecoming Weekend:

  • Holiday Inn – 1070 Main Street, Bridgeport: $89 room rate will be offered until 10/1/16.  Call (203) 334-1234 and ask for the Homecoming Weekend at UB room block or make a reservation online (discounted rate is applied automatically).
  • Marriott – 180 Hawley Lane, Trumbull: $124 room rate will be offered until 9/23/16.  Call (203) 378-1400 and ask for the University of Bridgeport Homecoming Weekend room block or make a reservation online (discount rate is applied automatically).