Application Procedure

English Language Institute

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Application Requirements

  • Transcripts:  Copies of transcripts from your most recently attended school, in English, need to be submitted to the ELI along with your application.
  • Bank Statement: As a financial guarantee, please include a statement from a bank for one year's school and living expenses. The statement must show at least USD $18,000 in the account. The statement must be original, dated, signed, and written in English. If you plan to come to the U.S. with any dependents, please include $2,000 more for each dependent who will come with you.

    If your tuition is to be paid by someone else, then, instead of your bank statement, we will need an original, current, dated sponsor's bank statement (showing amounts as indicated above) along with the document titled Sponsor's Declaration of Support. The sponsor must sign the Declaration of Support. You can download this document using the following link:   SPONSOR'S DECLARATION OF SUPPORT
  • Copy of valid passport:  The passport expiration date must be at least one year after your expected program start date.  If the passport picture and information are not legible, your application may be denied.  Please send a good copy with the other documents.
  • TOEFL or IELTS test results:  Optional. If you do not have an IELTS or TOEFL score, you are still eligible for admittance to the ELI.

The ELI does not post deadlines for application submissions.  Applications should be submitted and completely processed no later than four weeks prior to start date, allowing time for VISA appointments and travel arrangements to be made.

Housing Options

  • On-Campus Housing (optional): If you would like to stay in university housing (approximate cost: $15 per day), please contact the SHSU Residence Life Office or see this application guide to apply for on-campus housing.  You will need to be conditional accepted to SHSU and have a SAMID in order to apply. 
  • Off-Campus Housing: Many local housing units are walking distance from campus and some provide shuttle service to and from campus.   Apartment Listings


Once accepted, you will need to pay your $200 SEVIS fee and schedule an appointment with at the US Embassy in your country.

Receiving Your Original Documents

After we receive the above documents and application fee, your application will be reviewed and an acceptance decision made.  You will receive an email notification with the outcome soon after review.  Upon admission to the program, you will need to follow these steps to order shipment to your home address for the I-20 form and letter of acceptance:

 1. Go to

 2. Fill out the Registration form and click on "Register".

 3. Check your email inbox for the activation email and click on the activation link.

 4. If activation is successful, you will be sent an email confirmation.

 5. Return to and login using your email and password.

 6. Follow the instructions to order shipment.

Travel Arrangements

For students who are entering the United States for the first time to attend SHSU, OIP provides transportation from the airport to Huntsville from George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH). These new students will need to complete an airport pick up form 7 days before their departure to request this service.  Click this link to complete the airport pickup form:

Application should be made as far in advance as possible, at least six weeks before the start date for applicants outside the U.S. If a student wishes to apply for study in the intensive English program, he/she should return the application materials to Sam Houston State University. The mailing address is:

Office of International Programs

English Language Institute 
SHSU Box 2150
Huntsville, TX 77341-2150
Phone: 936-294-4737 / Fax: 936-294-4620 
Web Page:

If you have any questions about our program or the application process, please call the ELI Office at 936-294-4991 or email

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 936.294.1028



Michael Glass 

ELI Training Specialist

mag122@SHSU.EDU  936.294.1028




Elizabeth Johnson

ELI Training Specialist

erj003@SHSU.EDU 936.294.1028



Laura Hernandez

ELI Student Worker 936.294.4991



Email:               Phone: (936) 294-4991

Office of International Programs

Farrington Building, Suite 116, Huntsville, TX 77340

Phone: 936-294-4737