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ESL Intensive Students

Intensive ESL Courses

Course Focus

ELI’s Intensive ESL courses are taught in-person on our campus in Downtown San Francisco with daytime and evening schedules available to meet your needs.

Every class teaches speaking, reading, writing, listening, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation in a fun, interactive environment. This course also includes access to afternoon Elective classes.

Students are placed in a level according to their ability with one of ELI’s highly qualified, professional ESL teachers. Class sizes average 8-12 students. Our small class sizes allow individualized learning and daily opportunities to practice English while making friends. 


Less than 3 months
2-12 weeks of study
Minimum 2-week enrollment for non-F-1 students
3-6 months
13-25 weeks of study (prepaid)
+ 6 months
26+ weeks of study (prepaid)

$100 Nonrefundable App Fee

Who should take this course?

  • Anyone ready to improve their English in a fun and supportive school setting.
  • Beginner to advanced English students - all levels welcome!
  • Students who wish to improve their English to access higher education in the USA.

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Days of the week

Monday to Thursday





Course Length

18 hours/week: Required instruction
4 hours/week: Elective classes (optional)
Open Enrollment: Start dates almost every Monday

Visa Information

Supports F-1 Status
Students with any visa or status may enroll in this course
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Student's voice

At ELI, every teacher and staff member cares about student success. I improved my English quickly and now study in a Business Management Program at City College San Francisco. It is amazing to study in one of the best cities in the world and interact fluently in English, thanks to ELI.


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