Applying From Abroad



Applying From Abroad


Becoming a ELI Student from Abroad

These are the the general guidelines for becoming a ELI student if you are currently abroad. Please keep in mind that the path to ELI may vary due to individual circumstances. When you apply to study at ELI a Student Relations Specialist who is proficient in your native language will be assigned to you. Your Student Relations Specialist will guide you through the process of admission, answer your questions, and support you throughout your studies at ELI. All correspondence with the school should be addressed to:


English Language Institute
3601 W. Devon Ave. Suite 210
Chicago, IL, 60659 USA.


  • Application

    • Fill out ELI’s application and send it to us by e-mail, fax, or mail or apply online. In addition to the application you must send ELI a copy of your passport and evidence of financial funds.
    • Pay a non-refundable International Student Fee ($250 payable to “BIR Training Center”) by cashier’s check, credit card, bank draft, or money order.

  • Issuance of I-20

    • ELI will review your application and request, if necessary, additional or missing information.
    • The SEVIS I-901 $200 processing fee can be paid through the ICE website. If you wish, ELI will process the fee and issue you a receipt.
    • Once your application is accepted, ELI will create an I-20 form and send it to you by mail.

  • Visa Interview

    Your visa interview at a US embassy/consulate requires that you bring the following documentation:

    • Passport (must be valid for at least 6 months after entry into the US)
    • Your I-20 form
    • SEVIS I-901 receipt
    • ELI acceptance letter and program brochures
    • Accommodation information
    • Evidence of funds to cover tuition and living expenses for either the length of your study
    • Your local US embassy/consulate might require additional forms

  • Notify ELI

    When your visa is issued, notify ELI of your expected arrival date. You should arrive no more than 30 days before your program start date.

  • Entering the United States

    You cannot enter the United States more than 30 days before the start of your program at ELI.

    Upon arrival at a United States Port of Entry you must present:

    • A passport
    • A valid visa
    • I-20 form
    • Financial documentation
    Contact ELI as soon as possible.

  • Enrollment

    • Enroll at ELI upon arrival.
    • Make required payments.
    • Attend language assessment and orientation.


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