About English Language Institute (ELI)

Our English Language programs are designed to lead the language learner to fluency.

Founded 1993 in Chicago, IL

Do you dream about studying in the United States? What about living in one of the greatest cities in the world?

Study English in Chicago and choose BIR Training Center as your destination for quality English language instruction, affordable tuition, experienced instructors and convenient locations across the city. Enjoy all the excitement Chicago has to offer: fascinating architecture, world-class museums and galleries, highly acclaimed theaters, exceptional sporting events and festivals, bustling nightlife, excellent public transportation, and of course, Lake Michigan with its beautiful beaches.

About ELI


Since 1993 the English Language Institute (ELI), a department within BIR Training Center, has been offering a wide range of programs in English language learning. We are the destination of choice for students from around the world interested in English language courses, professional development programs, and test preparation including TOEFL iBT®, IELTS™, GMAT and more. Our programs are designed for students at all levels of fluency, helping them to acquire the proficiency needed to succeed in academics, the workplace, and everyday life. ELI is respected as a provider of quality education, skillful instructors, varied course selection, multilingual staff, and unparalleled student services.

ELI Mission


The mission of ELI is to provide English language training within a culturally inclusive and academically enriching environment that empowers students to achieve their personal, professional, and academic goals. Our comprehensive approach to English language education fosters the American cultural experience, career enhancement and transition to university study. We are a premier provider of English language education that is responsive to the needs of the global community of English language learners seeking to gain language proficiency for travel, commerce, university preparation, and other purposes.

ELI Advantages


Flexible schedule, which allows you to select morning, afternoon, or evening tracks of study 7 days a week.

Expert English teachers with advanced degrees in linguistics, education, English as a Second Language, and related fields.

Blended learning approach that combines lectures, seminars, and private tutoring for optimal results.

Affordable tuition that makes education accessible and attainable for all.

Friendly, multilingual student advisors who guide you through the entire process from admission to graduation.

Learn English
in Chicago!


There has never been a better time to study English. Thousands of our graduates have already made ELI the gateway to their academic success. It is now your turn to learn English and become a part of our family of international students from over 100 countries. Act today and choose ELI in Chicago!

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Transferred into Colleges

Our students come from more than 100 countries worldwide.