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English Language Institute

Director's Message and Mission Statement

Welcome to the English Language Institute (ELI) at the College of Charleston. 

The ELI program is designed to enhance your English language skills needed 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. The 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 ELI will help you to reach your goals successfully.

Additional information about the program can be found on this website and I will also be glad to respond to your questions as you make plans to attend the ELI.

Nancy L Rivera, M.A.T.
Director, English Language Institute

What's New?

Rainbow Studies: Custom-Designed Summer Programs for Groups. Click here to learn more about this exciting new opportunity.


The English Language Institute of the College of Charleston is under the direction of The Center for Continuing Education and Professional Development in collaboration with the School of Education, Health and Human Performance, Center for International Education and Office for Enrollment Planning.

The College of Charleston is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award the Atrium Baccalaureates, the Bachelor of Arts, the Bachelor of Science, the Master of Arts, the Master of Arts in Teaching, the Master of Business, the Master of Science, the Master of Education, and the Master of Public Administration.

Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane Decatur, GA 30033-4097 or call 404.679.4500 for questions about the accreditation of the College of Charleston.