The English Language Institute
Queens College of the City University of New York
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The English Language Institute (ELI) of Queens College (QC) is a full-time, academic program for learning English as a Second Language (ESL). Established in 1945, we are the oldest English language school in the City University of New York (CUNY) and the second oldest in the entire United States. If you need to learn English to carry out your study and career plans, the ELI at QC will help you. Our school provides an intensive and well-rounded ESL program, providing a solid foundation for success, confirmed by the great number of students who go on to study at CUNY or at other colleges, universities, and professional schools across the United States.

We have trained more than 35,000 ESL students from 47 countries. ELI students include United Nations personnel, representatives of governments throughout the world, international business people, professionals, new and prospective citizens, and tourists.

Current information about our upcoming summer programs in English, Spanish, Korean and Chinese.

Meet Andrea Montenegro, the first recipient of the Margaret Mehran Scholarship for the ELI.

Way to go, Andrea!