English Language Institute

About Us

The English Language Institute (ELI) of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, is a part of the Office of International Programs, whose 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 communication skills in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. We understand the variety of English learning goals our students have and we make every effort to help them achieve these goals. 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 provide necessary English language abilities, academic skills, and cultural awareness for international students to be admitted into undergraduate or graduate studies at Sam Houston State University or other colleges and universities.


  • Deliver instruction that is student-centered, academically oriented, research-based, compassionate, coordinated across the curriculum, and aligned with the ELI mission.
  • Offer administrative assistance by advising students on visa issues, intervening with students who are struggling, and facilitating the resolution of problems that students may encounter.
  • Coordinate support services, such as tutoring, counseling, and information technology, for ELI students in conjunction with other SHSU departments.
  • Organize cultural activities, including field trips and social gatherings, for ELI students to integrate into the university and its surrounding communities.

International Welcome Message

We would like to share an exciting world of discovery with you and help you to accomplish the goals you have planned for yourself. If you have any additional questions or comments, please refer to the other links of 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 meeting you.

Contact the Coordinator

Contact Us

English Language Institute
Dr. Joseph Slick
Director of English Language Institute
josephslick@shsu.edu   936.294.3446  F116 
Courtney Miller, ELI Secretary Courtney Miller
Secretary of English Language Institute
 courtneymiller@shsu.edu   936.294.4991 F116 A

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

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

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