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English Language Institute

About Us

The English Language Institute at The University of Southern Mississippi is here to help you…

  • Perfect your English 
  • Prepare for TOEFL examinations
  • Discover the cultures of the United States 
  • Enter an undergraduate or graduate degree program.


A Global Community

A degree from a United States university is important for anyone who competes in an interdependent global environment.  Southern Miss will prepare you for participation in this new transnational economy.


World Class Experience

Located on the main campus of The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the English Language Institute has been “Helping the World Learn English Since 1947” and is one of the oldest intensive English programs in the United States.  We welcome students from all over the world.


  • Three semesters each year – convenient start dates
  • Three levels of study – basic, intermediate, and advanced
  • Professional, experienced faculty – excellent instruction
  • Small classes (maximum 15) – lots of personal attention and interaction
  • 22 hours of classes per week – academic curriculum, all skill areas
  • Conversation Partner program – opportunities to meet Americans
  • Access to all campus services and resources – the same as degree-seeking students
  • Low costs – your money stretches farther than in many other programs
  • Small city, urban campus – quiet, friendly community with big-city diversity

National Credentials

The ELI is a member of UCIEP, Inc., a consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs (

Contact Us

English Language Institute
201 International Center (IC)
118 College Dr. #5065
Hattiesburg, MS 39406

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