Come experience life in the US

The purpose of the English Language Institute is provide you with multiple opportunities to experience life in the United States through cultural immersion and English instruction. Our dedication is to help you achieve your language goals and fully prepare you for your academic courses.

Our classes are taught on the Concordia campus next to the beautiful Lake Michigan. Each session is 7 weeks long and includes regular classes and assessments. Classes are always held during the school year with some classes or camps held in the summer. A list of upcoming classes can be found below.

We are excited that you are considering joining our wonderful community here at Concordia. Please feel free to contact the director of the program if you have any questions.

As a student you will learn to:
  • Speak accurately and fluently
  • Actively listen to seminars and classes in English
  • Write effectively in formal and informal situations
  • Read quickly for comprehension and respond appropriately
  • Be a successful student in a U.S. university
Our program offers multiple benefits:
  • Small class sizes with close to 10:1 student to teacher ratios
  • 21 or more hours per week of English instruction
  • Experienced teachers with specialized training in teaching English as a second language
  • English conversation partners (regularly meet with native-English speaking students here at Concordia)
  • Interactive online materials that help develop language abilities outside the classroom
  • A focus on the practical use of English for academic purposes
  • Active learning opportunities in class and outside of class
  • Various start dates throughout the year
  • Assistance in understanding and adapting to a new culture
  • Opportunities to connect with students from all different cultural backgrounds
  • Regular off-campus outings to places around Milwaukee and Chicago

Additional features of the program include:
  • An alternative to the TOEFL or IELTS for showing English proficiency for admission to CUW
  • Preparation for transition to full-time academic study at CUW
  • Full-access to CUW’s wonderful facilities in a beautiful, friendly, and safe setting along the shores of Lake Michigan

Upcoming Start and End Dates

Start Date End Date
Fall I August 28 October 13
Fall II October 23 December 8
Spring I January 29 March 16
Spring II March 26 May 11
Summer I (6 week session) May 21 June 29
Summer II (6 week session) July 2 August 10

Start and End dates are subject to change. Please contact ELI for updated information. 

Meet the Staff

Dan Wagner
Director of the English Language Institute
Katharine, Room 115

Dan Wagner is the director of the English Language Institute. He graduated from Valparaiso University with a Master’s in TESOL. Also, he spent a considerable amount of time in China and is competent in speaking and reading Mandarin Chinese.