English Language Institute


English Language Institute

The English Language Institute (ELI) is currently not offering courses or accepting applications from new students. While we hope the program will return in the future, no definitive start date has been identified. Please return to visit our page for any updates, or contact ELI for more information.

The English Language Institute (ELI) at California State University, Sacramento offers superior language instruction and exceptional cultural experiences.  With our unique location in California’s capital city, it is easy to see why hundreds of students from around the world choose to study at ELI each year.

We hope you have a wonderful time with us as you develop your English language proficiency, increase your cross cultural awareness, and enhance your professional growth and development. You will meet people from all over the world in your classes, participate in cultural and social events, and explore the beautiful city of Sacramento and the state of California.

Top 5 Reasons to Choose ELI:

1. Quality

Our highly qualified instructors and small class sizes offer a personalized approach to teaching.

2. Experience

Our students develop language and cultural proficiency in and outside the classroom.  They volunteer, join student clubs, play on sports teams, watch movie screenings, and attend concerts, theater and dance productions.  

3. Service

Our students have access to campus amenities and activities. A dedicated team of full-time staff provides ongoing support on immigration, housing and student life.

4. Location

Our region’s cuisine, natural beauty, rich history and friendly people make our community a unique place to live and an exceptional place to study.

 5. Diversity

Sacramento State’s open and accepting culture in one of California’s most diverse cities makes our students feel safe, welcome and accepted. 

Post Sacramento8 week sessions offered year-round

Intensive English Program


The Intensive English program is designed for non-native English speakers who have a serious desire to improve their language skills, whether for academic, personal or professional success. 

Highly skilled and caring and instructors take an interactive approach to teaching that provides students the opportunity to collaborate with one another and with the local community.  All classes are held on the campus of Sacramento State, providing a genuine American university experience.

Post Sacramento4 weeks

American Language and Culture


The American Language & Culture Program is a program for participants wanting to explore American culture and improve their conversational English skills in an immersive, fun and supportive atmosphere. Students will develop their vocabulary, fluency, understanding and usage of idioms, and intercultural competency through classroom activities and weekly field trips centered on different aspects of American culture and life in California.