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.



ELI Student Guide                         ELI Program Powerpoint

2016 ELI Global Ambassador Scholarship Application

SHSU ELI Summer 2016 Program


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.

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 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.

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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