English Language Institute

English Language Institute

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The English Language Institute (ELI) of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, is a part of the Office of International Programs.  The ELI goal is to help students from around the world achieve their academic and professional objectives. To that end, the ELI provides an effective learning program where international students can improve their English language proficiencies in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. Our students are important to us and we care about them and their needs.

Mission Statement

The mission of the English Language Institute is to ensure that students gain the academic language proficiency and critical thinking skills required for success in the U.S. higher education system, and to provide them with the cultural awareness necessary for confidence in their communicative ability.


  1. Deliver quality instruction, program administration, and provide excellent service and support that is student centered.
  2. Develop new programs and/or courses collaborating with departments across campus to serve the needs of cohorts.
  3. Facilitate intercultural experiences and events that provide both hands on experiences and lasting impressions among students.



ELI Student Guide                         ELI Program Powerpoint

2016 ELI Global Ambassador Scholarship Application

SHSU ELI Summer 2016 Program

International Welcome Message

We are here to support and help you to accomplish the goals you have planned for your future academic success. If you have any additional questions or comments, please click the links to this web site or contact us directly. We appreciate your interest in the English Language Institute and hope that we will have the privilege of welcoming you soon.

Contact ELI

ELI flyer in Korean

Contact Us

English Language Institute

Barbara Eckenfels
Executive Director of International Programs






Dana Van De Walker
Special Programs Coordinator for International Programs and Recruiter for English Language Institute


  936.294.2746 FAR 116
Courtney Miller  Courtney Miller
Administrative Associate II of English Language Institute


  936.294.4991  AB3 243

Linda Parks

ELI Training Specialist





Charles Colson

ELI Training Specialist

charles.colson@shsu.edu 936.294.1028



Michael Glass 

ELI Training Specialist

mag122@SHSU.EDU  936.294.1028



Laura Hernandez

ELI Student Worker

lxh041@shsu.edu 936.294.4991



Email: ELI@shsu.edu               Phone: (936) 294-4991

Office of International Programs
Farrington Building, Suite 116, Huntsville, TX 77340
Phone: 936-294-4737