Congratulations on your decision to improve your academic future with English language proficiency! The ELI admits high school graduates, ages 17 and older, who intend to study English for Academic Purposes. The ELI offers both full-time and part-time study. 

To apply for the English Language Institute at Wayne State University, complete the following steps: 

1. Fill out the ELI application.

2. Attach the following items to your application:

  • English proficiency score report (TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo) - Report your score to Wayne State University using institution code 1898.
    • TOEFL iBT minimum: 40
    • IELTS minimum: 4.5
    • Duolingo minimum: 65
  • High school transcript (undergraduate applicants only) or college transcript(s) (graduate applicants only)

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens must also submit: 

  • The first two pages of your passport
  • The first two pages of dependents' passports (if you need an I-20 for your dependents)
  • An English-translated marriage license (if you need an I-20 for your spouse)
  • English-translated birth certificates for children (if you need an I-20 for your children)

Applicants who are presently in the U.S. as non-residents must also submit:

  • A copy of your visa
  • A copy of your I-94 form

Applicants who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents must also submit:

  • Permanent resident card, the first two pages of your passport, birth certificate or naturalization certificate

If you are applying for a student (F-1) visa, complete and submit the Statement of Financial Support. If a government, agency, or organization is funding your studies, be prepared to submit a verification letter from the source of your sponsorship. If you are funding your studies through personal or family finances, be prepared to submit a bank statement that shows sufficient funds to cover at least one year of expenses in the U.S.


Term Session dates Application deadline
Winter 2024 January 9-April 11 December 1, 2023
Spring/Summer 2024 April 30-August 1 April 1, 2024
Fall 2023 August 29-December 6 August 1, 2023


Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions regarding the application process. For all questions regarding admissions and applications, contact the ELI office by emailing or calling 313-577-2729.