English Language Institute, College of Charleston

The English Language Institute at CofC is designed to enhance your English language skills in academic, professional and social settings in Charleston, SC.

The English Language Institute is designed to enhance your English language skills in academic, professional and social settings. Our instructors are trained in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to create a rewarding and enjoyable classroom experience for you. Our setting in historic Charleston offers additional opportunities to participate in a wide range of community and school-based activities which further enrich your learning experience. You will find that your education at the College of Charleston’s English Language Institute will help you to reach your goals successfully.

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sps.cofc.edu 04/29/2020

Lessons Learned During COVID-19 | School of Professional Studies

Like all students at College of Charleston and across the U.S., the English Language Institute students had to finish their Spring semester online. In this blog post, read about the lessons they've learned during this unprecedented time. One common theme: there is still so much to be thankful for, especially family and friends. http://sps.cofc.edu/lessons-learned-during-covid-19/

sps.cofc.edu Because of the coronavirus, ELI students, like everyone else in the US, were forced to study English in online classes. For their final project, every student […]

msn.com 08/21/2019

The most beautiful college campus in every state

We're not surprised! The College of Charleston was named the most beautiful college in the state of South Carolina. Come study with us today!

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abcnews4.com 08/07/2019

Study names College of Charleston top undergrad school in US for 16th straight year

Learn English with us at one of the top schools in the southeast!

abcnews4.com College of Charleston was named a top school in the US for undergraduate education by the Princeton Review for the 16th consecutive year. College of Charleston was named one of the best schools in the southeast, ranked 18th in the “The Best College Cities” rankings, and was one of 50 sch...

travelandleisure.com 07/11/2019

The 15 Best Cities in the United States

Congratulations, Charleston! Our city was named Travel + Leisure's #1 city in the U.S. for the 7th straight year.

travelandleisure.com Travel + Leisure readers' favorites cities in the U.S. span from Honolulu to San Francisco to Savannah, Georgia. Food-loving New Orleans and Charleston, South Carolina continue to top Travel + Leisure readers best cities in the U.S.

sps.cofc.edu 07/02/2019

ELI Students study Charleston charitable organizations and “give back” | School of Professional Studies

Check out our blog post on what's happening at ELI this summer! Our students are awesome, and they are spreading their goodness around the community! http://sps.cofc.edu/eli-students-study-charleston-charitable-organizations-and-give-back/

sps.cofc.edu ELI students spent a few weeks this summer learning about the many charities in the area. Advanced writing students researched and wrote essays about local and […]

Learn a language | Experience a culture

The English Language Institute (ELI) offers programs for non-native speakers who wish to pursue English language study for academic, professional or personal development. Students from beginner to advanced level enjoy small class sizes, highly-qualified instructors and customized programs.

Located in the #1 City in the U.S. as designated by Travel+Leisure magazine, students learn more than just English language. With its coastal charm, renowned culinary scene, rich history and many museums, Charleston, SC offers non-native speaking students the opportunity to learn English and gain a greater understanding of the United State’s culture and history.

Students will practice their English both in the classroom and in the community. Instructors often assign projects like interviewing local shop owners and religious leaders (Charleston is the Holy City after all).

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English Language Institute, intensive English courses, full-time English language classes, part-time English language classes, evening English language classes.


66 George Street
Charleston, SC

Opening Hours

Monday 09:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
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