Intensive English Language Institute

June 22 - July 31, 2015

The Summer English Advancement Program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis is designed to prepare international students for study in U.S. colleges and universities. The program is primarily for those students who need to improve their English to effectively participate in university-level classes and plan on furthering their education at either undergraduate or graduate levels.

The Intensive English Language Institute (June 22 - July 31, 2015) costs $2500.  This program is primarily designed for students who have below a 61 iBT (internet-based TOEFL), need to raise their TOEFL admission score, and are, generally, planning to continue their studies at the university. The main objective of the program is to prepare international students for the American university classroom experience. The emphasis is on English for Academic Purposes, with a focus on presentation skills and academic writing. Classes are held approximately five hours per day, 9:30 am - 3 pm, Monday through Friday. Expect daily homework in all classes. Textbooks and materials are provided. Students will have access to the University language, writing, and computer laboratories to assist them with their studies. 

If you plan to attend the summer program, the following information will be necessary by May 25, 2015: 

1) An official TOEFL

2) An official bank statement showing a minimum of $5,000 

3) Travel itinerary and accommodation plans for St. Louis stay 

4) Please fill out and return the registration form

The summer program and admission to the fall semester are two separate steps. The summer program will help you with your English and help you get adjusted to life on campus in the US. It does not guarantee admission to the fall semester. 

More information can be found at: - click on International Studies and Program Offerings and then Intensive English Language Institute. Housing fills up quickly so please make your reservations as soon as possible. 

If you are looking for an academic semester of ESL or conditional admission, you can contact the International Student Services Office at for assistance.

Admission & Curriculum
The Intensive English Language Institute (IELI) is a six-week program. Admission requires a minimum TOEFL score of 54 iBT. Although acceptance in the Institute does not guarantee admission into regular undergraduate or graduate programs, successful completion of the IELI enables participants to apply to the academic program at the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL). International students already accepted into an academic program at UMSL are encouraged to participate in the Institute to better prepare them for the academic work at UMSL.

ClassroomInstruction during the institute focuses on grammar; reading and writing; and listening and speaking. Classes meet Monday through Friday for three and a half hours a day. Homework in all three areas is required. Students are required to purchase the selected textbooks and materials. Students have access to the university language, writing and computer labs to assist them in their studies.

All IELI instructors have degrees in applied linguistics or EAP and are experienced teachers at the university level.

Housing/University Facilities

University MeadowsHousing in a single, air-conditioned, furnished room in a university residence hall is available, although not included in the cost of the program. The residence hall is accessible to the campus on foot or by the university shuttle bus. The hall has kitchenettes on each floor, a lounge area with a television, laundry facilities, access to an outdoor swimming pool and on-site staff.

Meals are not included in the program fee, but the university offers meal plans for the cafeteria, which is open for breakfast and lunch during the week. A shuttle service to area grocery stores is provided and there are several restaurants in the area. Participants should be prepared to either bring or purchase necessary cooking materials.

Upon arrival, the participants will receive a university ID (identification card). This card enables students to use the university library, the computer labs and the recreation center, including the gymnasium, exercise and fitness rooms, indoor pool and various other facilities and courts (basketball, tennis, etc). The ID card also serves as a ticket for the St. Louis regional transit, including all bus and MetroLink services. Transportation with the ID entitles the rider to travel free-of-charge.

University Meadows Apartments
Located on UMSL South Campus

2 bedroom, 4 bedroom and efficiency apartments. Living room and fully equipped kitchens in all aprartments.

For more information: University Meadows

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UMSL students

Visa/Financial Information
Upon acceptance , an I-20 form is provided. This form should be presented to the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in the applicant's country of residence to obtain an F-1 Student Visa for entry into the United States.

An official bank statement issued by the participant's bank must indicate the exact amount of financial support available to the student (a minimum of $2,500 US$). the financial statement should be included with the application or sent directly from the bank to the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Checks or drafts for the cost of the program should be made payable to the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

Health Insurance
International students are required to have medical insurance while studying at UMSL. Health insurance is available at the university for approximately $83.00 a month.

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St. Louis, Missouri
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UMSL campus
University of Missouri-St. Louis

The University of Missouri-St. Louis, established in 1963 as part of the University of Missouri system, has a student enrollment of over 13,000 with 900 faculty members. Degrees are granted in forty undergraduate programs, eight doctoral programs and the Doctor of Optometry program.

The University is located in north St. Louis County with public transportation links to the city and various neighborhoods of the metropolitan area. Its libraries, state-of-the-art computer labs and recreational facilities provide students with a complete environment to maximize learning.

PROGRAM FEE: $2,500.00

Jerol Enoch, Institute Coordinator
International Studies and Programs
University of Missouri-St. Louis
366 SSB (MC58) One University Boulevard
St. Louis, Missouri 63121-4400
Telephone: 314-516-6838 - FAX: 314-516-6757