English Language Institute

The English Language Institute welcomes anyone, anywhere in the world to study with us online from your home country!

New non-F1 students can enter the program every two weeks throughout the year.

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

 We are now issuing I-20s to new international students for the Spring 2021 semester beginning in January. There's still time to apply!

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. 

Spring 2021: We are accepting new F-1 students!

Classes will be held in person and live online via Zoom and will be open to continuing F-1 students, F-1 transfer students, and new F-1 students.

Short-term program - Created for students who do not have an F-1 student visa.  This flexible program enables students to choose their own schedule and length of study.

Non-F-1 students may study online from the U.S. or from their home country.  Entry dates every two weeks all semester long!

Fall 2020: Classes are being held online via Zoom. 

Spring 2021: Classes will be held in person and online via Zoom. 

 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

For Spring 2021: We are accepting new F-1 applications and issuing I-20s to new students for the spring 2021 semester.

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 or deliver in person to our International Office

  1. Application
  2. Photocopy of passport
  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.

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

*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

Our international adviser will contact you when the I-20 is ready. She will ask you for some information so that she can mail the I-20 to you through an international courier service.

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.  Once you have your 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

Fall 2020:

Classes are currently being held live online via Zoom.  You may join us online from anywhere in the the U.S. or from your home country.  We hope to resume in-person classes soon.

Spring 2021:

Classes will be held in person as well as online for students who are not in Central Florida or not in the United States.

To apply to attend online classes from your country:

  1. fill out the Short-term Application for online classes
  2. send application and copy of your ID to eli@seminolestate.edu

To apply to attend in person or online from the United States:

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

Short-term sessions begin every two weeks during the semester. 

Email all completed forms and documents to: eli@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.


SetSailEducation 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
Spring 2021 January 6 - April 29
Monday - Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
November 1, 2020January 4, 2021$2,800
Summer 2021 May 10- August 4
Monday-Thursday 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
April 1, 2020May 6, 2021$2,200

Short-Term Schedule for Visitors


English Language Institute
Diana Christopher, Program Manager