English Language Institute

The English Language Institute welcomes people from all over the world to study with us in person on our beautiful Sanford/Lake Mary campus.

Non-F1 students can enter the program every month except December.  Applications are accepted all year long.

F-1 students can enter the program in January, May, and August.  

Go to our application tab for details.

F-1 Applications:

Summer/Fall 2022:  We are accepting applications.  I-20s will be issued within 2 weeks of submitting a completed application.

Seminole State College's English Language Institute (ELI) is an intensive language program for international students, residents, and visitors whose native language is not English. This non-credit program focuses on helping students improve their English skills for personal enrichment or in preparation to enter college or university in the United States. 

 We provide excellence in language instruction through our unique combination of a strong academic curriculum and a friendly, welcoming environment.  


Full-term program - Created for international students on F-1 visas looking for an intensive English program for a minimum of one semester.  Classes are in person on our Sanford/Lake Mary campus .

Application Deadlines

  • Fall (August - December): July 1
  • Spring (January - April): December 1
  • Summer (May - July): April 1

Short-term program - Created for students who plan to study one semester or less and do not have an F-1 student visa.  This flexible program enables students to choose their own schedule and length of study.  Classes are held in person on our Sanford/Lake Mary campus.

2022 Start Dates                              Application Deadlines

  • January 10                                January 3
  • February 7                                February 1
  • March 14                                   March 1
  • April 11                                       April 4
  • May 9                                         May 2
  • June 6                                        May 30
  • July 5                                          June 27
  • August 22                                August 15
  • September 12                         September 1
  • October 10                               October 3
  • November 7                            November 1

 Please see application page for details about how to apply.

We Offer

  • Seven levels of English from beginner to college preparation
  • Core academic courses in speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar
  • Elective courses on a variety of fun and useful topics
  • Educational class trips to state parks, museums, historic areas and local businesses
  • Qualified, friendly faculty experienced in teaching English at all levels
  • The latest materials, technology and techniques
  • Personal academic advising with free tutoring and career guidance
  • Pathway to admission into degree programs at the college
  • Diverse student population representing countries from all over the world
  • Ideal location near Florida's tourist attractions and beaches
  • Spectacular, warm and sunny weather all year

Application for Full-term F-1 Admission

Summer and Fall 2022:  We are accepting new and transfer F-1 applications and will be issuing I-20s within two weeks of receipt of completed application.

You are eligible for full-term admission to the English Language Institute if you:

  • Are 16 years of age or older
  • Can obtain a student visa (F-1)

Step 1:  Send Application

Send the following documents by email:

  1. Application
  2. Photocopy of passport (and passports of dependents)
  3. Bank statement or letter in PDF format showing the required amount of money that corresponds to the amount of time that you wish to study.  
  4. optional: If you will be living with a sponsor, he/she should fill out the Affidavit of Living Expenses so that the amount listed below for living expenses can be deducted from the financial requirement.

4 months8 months
Tuition$ 2,800$ 5,600
Books$ 300$ 600
Medical insurance *$ 600 (6 months)$ 1,200 (12 months)
Living expenses$ 4,000$ 8,000
Total$ 7,700$15,400

NOTE: If your spouse and/or children will come with you, you must add $1,867 per semester, per adult dependent and $833 per semester per child dependent to the required amount.

*International students may take a break from their studies for one semester each year and remain in the United States; however, they must have medical insurance while in the U.S.

Step 2:  Receive I-20

We will email your official I-20 and acceptance letter to you within one week.

Step 3:  Attend Visa Interview

You will receive instructions about how to make an appointment with the U.S. Embassy in your country to request your F-1 visa.  If you are approved for an F-1 visa, you may travel to the U.S. a maximum of 30 days before your classes begin.

Application for Short-term Non-F-1 Admission

Classes are held in person on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus.

Non-F-1 students can start every month except December.  Applications are accepted year-round.

To apply:

  1. fill out the Short-term Application 
  2. send completed application and copies of your passport and U.S. visa or proof of permanent U.S. residency to christopherd@seminolestate.edu

Email all completed forms and documents to: christopherd@seminolestate.edu

Students are responsible for finding their own housing while at the English Language Institute. Seminole State College does not offer housing for its students. 


There are numerous apartment complexes in the Sanford/Lake Mary area.  Average rent is from $1,000 to $1,500 per month, not including utilities and food.


The English Language Institute has partnered with the following homestay agencies. Students who would like to live with an American family should contact one of these agencies directly. Detailed information about the homestay programs, including costs can be found on each of their websites.

East to West Learning

East to West Learning is a locally owned Housing Placement Agency specializing in arranging safe and caring host families for international students.  Our host families welcome students as part of the family and also become students of culture themselves. Host families are carefully selected for their desire to integrate the student into their daily routines and family activities. Hosts are screened with a background and reference check and receive cultural training to prepare for their student. Students will enjoy a private bedroom, family meals, and transportation to and from school. Cultural and educational outings and group celebrations are organized by the staff, who are available to students, hosts, and parents 24/7.

ExchangeMate USA

ExhangeMate USA is a local agency that offers homestay services to international students who come to Central Florida to study. The host families are carefully screened and selected  to ensure the safety and well-being of students. With their comprehensive application and matching system, ExchangeMate has designed a homestay program that is specially tailored to each student’s needs and personality.

Their highly trained staff and local coordinators provide full support to international students and guarantee the satisfaction of their students and host families at all times. 

English Language Institute Location

The English Language Institute is located on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus of Seminole State College, which is the largest campus of the college.  ELI students are eligible to use all the facilities on campus such as the Student Center and library and are welcome and encouraged to participate in the many college activities, clubs, and events.  The Sanford/Lake Mary Campus is home to dozens of programs and features key cultural centers, like the Center for Fine & Performing Arts and the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust Planetarium. It also serves as the college's intercollegiate athletics hub.

Local Area

The Sanford/Lake Mary Campus is located in a suburban area that is approximately 20 miles north of the city of Orlando.  The campus is situated on the border between the cities of Lake Mary and Sanford in Seminole County. Seminole County is called “Florida’s Natural Choice” because of the beauty of the area and proximity to many state parks and wildlife areas.  The campus is also 30 minutes from the cultural areas of Winter Park and Orlando, 45 minutes from the tourist areas and theme parks, and an hour from beaches such as Daytona and New Smyrna. Whether you like nature, beaches, sports, shopping, art, music, eating out, or going to theme parks, there is always something fun to do in our area.

The climate in the area also makes it a great place to live or visit. We have year-round sunshine and warm temperatures! 


Like most suburban areas in the United States, the Sanford/Lake Mary area is very spread out, and the best way to get around is by car.  Most residential neighborhoods are not within walking distance of the college or shopping areas.

A used automobile generally costs between $2,500 and $5,000. In the state of Florida, you are required to purchase automobile insurance.

If you do not own a car, you should inquire about bus routes to the college and other service areas before selecting housing.  Public transportation in Seminole County is very limited.

Full-Term Schedule for F-1 Students

TermApplication byOrientation / TestingTuition
Summer 2022
May 9 - August 3
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

April 1, 2022

May 5, 2022

$2, 200

Fall 2022
August 22 - December 8
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
July 1, 2022

August 18, 2022
Spring 2023
January 9 - April 27, 2023
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
December 1, 2022January 5, 2023$2,800

Short-Term Schedule for Non-F-1 Students

2022 Start DatesApplication DeadlinesTuition
January 10January 3
  • 2 days per week:  $320 per month
  • 4 days per week:  $640 per month
February 7February 1
March 14March 1
April 11April 4
May 9May 2
June 6May 30
July 5June 27
August 22August 15
September 12September 1
October 10October 3
November 7November 1


English Language Institute
Diana Christopher, Program Manager