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English Language Institute

The English Language Institute provides an academic program to develop proficiency to English language learners who lack the foundational English skills necessary for academic success in university-level coursework. The English Language Institute is housed within the John P. Burke School of Public Service and Education and services students who wish to gain English proficiency before applying to a college in the United States, and students who are enrolled at Post University and need English language support. The English Language Institute is staffed by highly qualified instructors who have advanced certification and degrees in teaching English as a Second Language. They have lived or taught in other countries or have learned other languages. The program offers credit and non-credit courses designed to support the English-language leaner in a variety of learning levels and content areas.


Students who apply to Post University whose native language is not English are given an English proficiency placement exam to determine language capabilities or exemption from the program. Students placed in the English Language Institute program take English as a Second Language courses that range from beginner to advanced level. Students may take up to 12 credits of English as a Second Language courses towards their Post University degree. Additional courses are offered for students in need of further language training. Students who achieve advanced English language proficiency may begin taking regular courses upon meeting the learning competencies benchmarks and upon recommendation by the English as a Second Language Director.

Post University TOEFL Score Requirement

Students with no TOEFL entrance examination test scores will take the English placement test (described above) to determine whether and where they should start courses in the ELI program.

English Language Institute Contact Information

Darmita White, MS
Program Chair – English Learning Institute
English as a Second Language​
Telephone: 203.591.5625
Email: [email protected]

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