Lakeland College

English Language Institute

Lakeland’s English Language Institute (ELI) is a comprehensive and intensive program to help international students learn English, transition to American life, and succeed in the USA.

The sessions are:

  • Session 1: August 26 – October 13, 2015
  • Session 2: October 19 – December 4, 2015
  • Session 3: January 6 – February 23, 2016
  • Session 4: March 14 – April 29, 2016

Estimated costs (7 weeks)

  • Tuition - $3,130
  • Room and board - $2,065
  • Books/health insurance/ fees - $1,058
  • Total - $6,253

Features of Lakeland's ELI program include:

  • Students accepted at all levels — beginning to advanced.
  • Earn academic credit that counts toward graduation.
  • Some students may take a combination of ELI classes and academic classes.
  • Conversation Partner program.
  • ELI students ARE Lakeland College students. ELI students can participate in all of the clubs and activities available to Lakeland students.
  • 18-20 class hours per week
  • Listening, speaking, grammar, reading, writing, TOEFL

Frequently Asked Questions


The English Language Institute is a special program to help students learn English. The program helps prepare students to enter Lakeland’s academic major programs. The program will help you succeed as a student in the United States.


You will take 18-20 class hours of English every week. You will have classes in reading, writing, grammar, listening, speaking and TOEFL preparation.


The classes are small, friendly and interesting. The classes will help you make fast progress in English. Because the classes are small, you will have many opportunities to practice your speaking.


The ELI teachers are well-trained, experienced and very friendly. Most of our teachers have spent a significant amount of time living and working abroad. All of our teachers love working with people from many different countries. The teachers understand your goals and will do everything they can to help you reach those goals.


Lakeland College is a fully-accredited four-year college offering 35 undergraduate majors, 28 undergraduate minors and 3 graduate programs. Lakeland is located in a safe and scenic rural setting near Lake Michigan in Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, in the upper Midwest region of the United States. It is within an hour of Wisconsin’s largest cities. Check out where we are on the map below.


Beautiful and friendly. Lakeland is located in a clean, safe and peaceful environment that includes many trees, ponds and even its own forest! The campus includes a library, a campus center, a coffee shop, pub, fitness center and many other facilities to make your life in the United States comfortable and enjoyable. As a small school, you will always be able to see someone you know.

  • On-campus housing and meals
  • Academic advising from the ELI staff
  • Shuttle service that provides transportation to stores, banks, doctors, restaurants and other local places
  • Health Services
  • Tutors who can help students with writing and other assignments

Some of the popular activities our students have participated in include:

  • The Global Student Association
  • The Badminton Club
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Basketball, soccer, volleyball and other sports
  • Theatrical performances on campus
  • Concerts by nationally and internationally-known performers
  • Trips to amusement parks, professional sports and performances in nearby cities
  • Yoga classes
  • Exercising in the fitness center
  • Exploring off campus: Lakeland is located 1 hour from Milwaukee and Green Bay and 2.5 hours from Chicago.


Snapshot of Success

Name: Yang Jiacheng

Hometown: Yantai, China

When Yang Jiacheng arrived from China two years ago, he was excited – but also a bit nervous.

"I knew if I could study here, I could achieve my dreams, but my English was not very good," Yang says. "I was afraid to speak English with Americans."

Now, thanks in part to a strong semester at the on-campus English Language Institute, Yang speaks confidently and with ease. His friendly smile and approachable demeanor fit right in with Lakeland's culture.

"The people are nice to me here," says Yang, a senior who's majoring in chemistry and minoring in math. "I am comfortable. The environment is good. All of the professors treat me extremely well. When I have academic questions, I go to their office and they are always very patient with me."

During his semester as an ELI student, Yang learned English grammar, conversation and reading and studied American culture. He quickly took an interest in Lakeland's sports teams, and he enjoys the food.

"It was a good way for me to understand American ways," says Yang of the ELI, adding that he benefited greatly from being paired up with an American "Conversation Partner" through the ELI. "ELI is a good program and everyone helped me a lot."

"The ELI helped him make the transition linguistically and culturally to American academic life," says Tim Fojtik, director of the English Language Institute. "In the ELI, we do our best to prepare students to develop not only necessary skills, but also the necessary habits to succeed academically here. Yang followed the program perfectly, and I think it prepared him well."

Prior to coming to Wisconsin, Yang studied at the East China Institute of Technology, a sister school to Lakeland. While improving his English skills at the ELI, he got to know faculty members in Lakeland's natural sciences division and sat in on some chemistry classes just to learn how they are conducted.

Now Yang is thriving here. Not only is he on track to graduate in the spring; he's also a tutor in chemistry and math and recently completed Lakeland's highly regarded Lakeland Undergraduate Research Experience (LURE) program. He smiles proudly when talking about the poster in Chase Hall that commemorates his LURE project on biodiesel fuel.

After graduation, Yang plans to attend Ph.D. graduate school, possibly at UW-Madison or in California. Someday, he'd like to become a professor in the U.S. What a great goal for a young man who, just a couple of short years ago, wasn't comfortable speaking English.


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