North Central College - Naperville, IL

English Language Institute-old

The English Language Institute (ELI) is a full-time intensive English program designed to prepare international students for admission to a U.S. college or university by developing academic, professional and social English language skills. The institute is located on the campus of North Central College, a four-year comprehensive liberal arts university in Naperville, Illinois. This city of 150,000 people is just 28 miles (45 km) from downtown Chicago, Illinois - one of the nation’s most vibrant, culturally active cities - and just 30 minutes from Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD).

As a student of the English Language Institute, you will experience:

  • 20 hours per week of classroom instruction
  • Small classes and personal interaction with faculty
  • Full access to North Central computer, recreational, cultural and health facilities
  • Free campus Internet access
  • Participation in the International Club, one of the most active clubs on campus
  • Conversation partner program
  • Friendship family program
  • Special culture courses and area excursions
  • Convenient housing in campus residence halls with U.S. undergraduate students
  • Daily opportunities to interact with U.S. undergraduate students
  • Walking distance to downtown Naperville and to the commuter train to Chicago

Once students have successfully completed the advanced level, they may be considered for admission as full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students at North Central College.

Spring, Summer, and Fall Opportunities


  • There is still time to apply for our Spring 2014 term that starts on March 31. Learn more about our easy application process!
The ELI is excited to offer a variety of summer programming! We have an academic English program that serves students 17 and older. This program prepares students for university classes. We also have an English language camp for students 14 and older. 
  • We are accepting applications for our Fall 2014 term that starts on September 15. Learn more about our easy application process!

Contact Information

Katherine Pope, Director
Phone: 630-637-5271

Fax: 630-637-5295


Skype: kate_pope_ncc

Mailing Address: 30 North Brainard Street, CM#276, Naperville, IL 60540

Street Address: 48 East Jefferson Avenue, Naperville, IL 60540