Course Registration and Fees


ELI Autumn Quarter Registration begins on Monday September 18 at 9a.



Autumn 2023 Course Registration

Seats Remaining

Last updated: 7/3/23 12:00 p.m. (Central Time)

Courses begin Monday, October 2, 2023

NOTE: All times listed below are Central Time
Seats are marked as “taken” only after an individual has completed an intake and paid for the course.
Individuals who are in the middle of this process are not reflected in the numbers below.
Course Type Course Name Days and Times (Central Time)
Instructor Seats Remaining
Spoken Communication Fluency Building [syllabus] TuesThurs 5:00-6:20p Shane Dunkle 12
Spoken Communication Fluency Building [syllabus] MonWed 3:00-4:20p TBD 12
Spoken Communication Academic Presentations [syllabus] TuesThurs 6:30-7:50 Shane Dunkle 12
Spoken Communication General American Pronunciation [syllabus] MonWed 5:30-6:50p TBD 12
Spoken Communication Professional English [syllabus] MonWed 3:00-4:20p Joshua Ruddy 12
Written Communication Crafting Varied and Impactful Sentences [syllabus] Mon 5:30-8:20p Paul Quaintance 10
Written Communication Standards and Conventions in North America [syllabus] Tues 5:00-7:50p Joshua Ruddy 10
Spoken Communication Intensive Academic English Fundamentals* [syllabus] MonWedFri 2 hrs/day (from October 16- November 10) Shane Dunkle 12
*The Intensive Academic English Fundamentals course is a 4-week online English language course/program focusing on improving spoken fluency in both academic and non-academic contexts. NOTE: This is a basic-level course that is meant to help individuals achieve fundamental fluency. It is not appropriate for individuals at the advanced level.

Note: All courses require an intake interview/evaluation.

Course cost for 2022-23

  • UChicago PhD students: $100 per course
  • UChicago Masters/College students and postdoctoral scholars: $200 per course
  • Other UChicago affiliates (e.g. non-degree visiting students, alumni, faculty, staff) and partners/spouses: $300 per course
  • Non-affiliates of UChicago: $400 per course

Registration Schedule for Autumn 2023

  • Mon Sept 18, 2023 – Fri Sept 29, 2023: Registration for UChicago degree-seeking students (PhD, Master’s, and College) and postdoctoral scholars; other university affiliates (e.g. non-degree visiting students, alumni, faculty, staff), partners/spouses, and non-affiliates will be registered on a case-by-case basis towards the end of the registration period.
  • Mon October 2 – Fri October 6, 2023: Drop period (Those who drop beyond this period will forfeit the course fee.)

Partners and Spouses:

How to submit a registration form

Non-Affiliates of UChicago

The English Language Institute accepts non-affiliates of the University of Chicago into its courses on a case-by-case basis.

Cost: $400 per person per course

You will need to do an intake to make sure that the chosen course is a good fit for your language needs.

Note: Acceptance into an English Language Institute course does not make you an affiliate of the University of Chicago, and you will have no privileges given to university affiliates.

Questions can be directed to esl [at] uchicago [dot] edu

I took Spoken Communication: Academic Presentations because after giving and attending some academic presentations, I could see differences between native English speakers and my own way of presenting. The top things I learned were tips to emphasize important points such as pausing, stress, and intonation, which are not commonly used in my mother tongue. Other students should take this course because what you learn in this course can be applied not only to your presentations but also to talks in general contexts, especially in formal situations.”



“I took Written Communication: Standards and Conventions because I was not confident in my writing skills and I wanted to improve. I learned the rules of writing, how to write a paper, and what the professors want. International students should take this class because they have to learn a totally different writing system.”


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