Study English at English Language Institute

ESL | TOEFL | UNIVERSITY PREP | DAYTIME & EVENING ENGLISH CLASSES

About English Language Institute

English Language Institute (ELI) has been providing English language classes and TOEFL preparation classes in San Francisco for almost 25 years. We have professional teachers, free elective classes, fun student activities and field trips.

Our main campus is located in downtown San Francisco near beautiful Union Square, only a 5-minute walk from the Montgomery BART/MUNI public transportation hub. This area has great shopping, museums, parks and theaters.

Our second campus on Polk Street is home to our evening program. This campus is located in a neighborhood popular for its restaurants and nightlife. It has street parking and is also easily accessible by bus.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY ABOUT US

Yudai

I like this school’s atmosphere. We can relax and not feel stressed in a supportive environment. The teachers and staff are also really friendly.

YudaiStudent from Japan
Paulina

The school is great! ELI has really good teachers, especially Julie and Glen. The people and staff are nice and always willing to help the students.

PaulinaStudent from Chile
Mariya

My English improved a lot, especially listening and speaking. Glen is a great teacher and works really well with his students. My goal was to pass the iBT TOEFL test the very first time and I did it!

MariyaStudent from Kazakhstan
Adrien

ELI has cool teachers and students. I enjoyed being able to speak with other students in English. I really like the textbook I bought from ELI. I’ll use this textbook to study and practice English during my free time back in France.

AdrienStudent from France

English Classes

ELI offers some of the most rigorous English as a Second Language (ESL) classes and iBT TOEFL test preparation classes in San Francisco. Free elective classes are available every afternoon for students enrolled at our Union Square campus. These include Business English, Public Speaking, and more. Daytime and evening classes are available.

talented teachers

Talented Staff

At English Language Institute, we love our students and we also love our amazingly talented teachers and staff. ELI is committed to building a positive, nurturing community for everyone who comes through our halls. We have more than 25 years of experience teaching English to students from around the globe.

Housing Options

There are many home-stay, hostel, and residential hotel options near both of our downtown campuses in San Francisco. Evaluate and choose the housing option that is best for your study period, budget, and location preference. Click below to learn more about exclusive discounted rates for ELI students on our Housing page.

TOP REASONS TO STUDY AT ENGLISH LANGUAGE INSTITUTE

Professional Full-Time Teachers

Affordable Tuition

Free Elective Classes (Union Square campus)

Free Breakfast Snacks, Coffee & Tea every day

Free Textbooks & NO material fees

Daytime and Evening Programs to meet your schedule

Exclusive Discounts on Local Housing Options

Opportunity to Make New Friends!

OUR MISSION

English Language Institute is dedicated to providing high-quality English language instruction at a reasonable price in a friendly and welcoming setting. Our goal is to help students improve their English language abilities for academic success, career advancement, and everyday social and practical purposes. We strive to foster global communication and cross-cultural understanding.

>>  ELI Broad Guiding Goals 2017