English Language Institute

The English Language Institute at University of Bridgeport prepares non-native English speakers in advanced level academic English language skills prior to enrolling in the degree programs of University of Bridgeport.

English Language Institute students have access to all university resources and benefit from being part of a global educational community in the United States.


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.


  • We are located on the campus of University of Bridgeport.
  • The city of Bridgeport is in the state of Connecticut on the east coast of the United States.
  • New York City is one hour away by train.
  • A variety of small cities and towns in Connecticut are a short train ride away.

Accreditation and Memberships

  • We are accredited through NECHE (New England Commission of Higher Education).
  • 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 Advanced ELI can take academic classes at the same time. To learn more, see Bridge to College English Program.

Learning Outcomes

Students completing the Advanced level of the English Language Institute will be able to:

  • Use English grammar in oral communication and academic writing with infrequent or minor errors so that meaning is clear.
  • Demonstrate the reading skills needed to determine meaning from academic texts and Internet resources.
  • Write stylistically appropriate language for academic essays, research papers, and reports while understanding and avoiding plagiarism.
  • Take notes on academic lectures and answer questions based on notes.
  • Participate in academic and informal conversations using information read or heard.
  • Give a semi-formal oral presentation on an academic topic.

A Global Reputation for Excellence

The English Language Institute (ELI) at University of Bridgeport is a well-established intensive English as a Second Language Program. We offer:

  • Experienced teachers with advanced degrees
  • A commitment to innovation and excellence in language instruction
  • Small classes of 3-15 students

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