English Language Institute

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.  

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We offer:

  • Six levels of English from beginner to advanced
  • 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
  • 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


Full-term program - Created for International students on a F-1 visa looking for an intensive English program for a minimum of one semester.

Short-term program - Perfect for visitors and residents who plan to study in the United States on a temporary or part-time basis.

Application for Full-term F1 Admission

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)

*Acceptance to the English Language Institute is not an admission to college-credit classes at Seminole State College.

In order to ensure a successful application process, please refer to our Application Checklist.

Step 1:  Email the following to our International Admissions office ghazin@seminolestate.edu

Step 2: Mail the following to our International Admissions Office (address below)

  • Original bank letter confirming required funds – (please see the following)
  • International money order or U.S. check for $50

If you have a sponsor, you will also need to include:

Application for Short-term Admission

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

  • Are 16 years of age or older
  • Have a valid U.S. visa, permanent U.S. residency, or U.S. citizenship

*Acceptance to the English Language Institute is not an admission to college-credit classes at Seminole State College.

Application Process:

  1. contact Diana Christopher christopherd@seminolestate.edu or 407-708-2255 to make an appointment
  2. fill out the short-term application
  3. bring passport and visa to appointment
  4. take a brief language assessment
  5. register and pay
  6. begin studying

Send all completed forms and documents to:

Seminole State College 
International Admissions Office
100 Weldon Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773-6199
Email: ghazin@seminolestate.edu
Telephone: 407.708.2919

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.

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. 

American Homestay Network


American Homestay Newtwork (AHN) places international students in high-quality, safe and well-managed homestays. The hosts are carefully selected to ensure that our students are placed in environments that are not only safe and comfortable but also warm and welcoming. The host will provide the student with a private bedroom, an agreed upon meal plan, and will assist the student in learning the local customs and transportation systems, as well as help the student become acquainted with the American way of life. Many students enjoy activities with their local family and become lifelong friends.

The homestay program includes homestay management and support throughout the entire homestay experience, extensive national criminal background checks for hosts, student support services including banking, interpretation and transportation, comprehensive online training and orientation for hosts and students, professionally staffed 24/7 critical incident hotline, and automated online payment services for students and hosts.

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.

TermApplication by
Orientation / TestingTuition
Fall 2019 Aug. 20 - Dec. 9
(18-20 hours per week)
July 1, 2019Aug. 15, 2019$2,800**
Spring 2020 Jan. 8- Apr. 30
(18-20 hours per week)
November 1, 2019Jan. 6, 2019$2,800**
Summer 2020 May 11- Aug. 5
(18-20 hours per week)
April 1, 2020May 7, 2020$2,800**
  • Students are required to purchase their own books  (approximately $250-$350 per term).


English Language Institute
Diana Christopher, Program Manager