To apply for admission to the English Language Institute (ELI), please provide the following:

  • Completed application for admission
  • Official transcripts from high school or secondary school and diploma or National Examination Result slip (one in original native language, one translated to English) — A professional evaluation may accelerate the admission process
  • Completed Confirmation of Financial Support from indicating financial ability
  • Official bank letter
  • Application for Issuance of I-20
  • Photo copy of passport photo and information page
  • Housing Application (if living off campus complete the Off-Campus Living Form)
  • Immunization form (with appropriate immunization records)

After receipt of the above documents, a letter of acceptance and other information and documents will be emailed to the applicant. Upon acceptance, payment of a $100 enrollment deposit is required before a student can be fully enrolled.

After exiting the ELI and successfully completing the first semester out of the ELI with grades of C or better, students will receive 12 semester hours of undergraduate foreign language credit for ELI study

For application information, please contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Attn: Nilma Stewart
C-N Box 72025
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760

For more information about the ELI, please contact:

English Language Institute
Attn: Esther Mbugua
C-N Box 71953
Jefferson City, Tennessee 37760
Telephone: (865) 471-3543