English Institute

Internatonal Student ServicesThe English Institute for International Students (EIIS) is an academically-oriented, intensive English program for academically-admitted TU students. The program provides international students with English training that will enable them to successfully function in a University of Tulsa academic classroom.

EIIS is part of The University of Tulsa. All applicants must be secondary school graduates.

You may contact the English Institute at 918-631-2535.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the English Institute for International Students is to prepare international students for success at The University of Tulsa. The institute's leading mission is to provide English-language instruction in an academically oriented context in order to serve students' immediate goals of pursuing higher education within the United States. Instructional content emphasizes critical thinking, academic integrity, and test and study skills, as well as cultural understanding and activities that will strengthen students' ability to participate in the cosmopolitan environment of the university.

Program Organization

EIIS is organized into six levels of study ranging from beginning to advanced levels of proficiency. Entering students are placed in the appropriate level based on the results of a placement test developed specifically for this purpose. Tests are given at the conclusion of each level to assist in measuring language skill progress and proficiency.

Classes meet Monday through Friday each week, and daily classes include instruction in the functional areas of reading, writing, oral skills, grammar, vocabulary, and listening. Computer-assisted instruction is used extensively throughout the curriculum. In addition to regular classes, students have access to an on-campus language laboratory where they can practice listening and pronunciation and work on computerized grammar and vocabulary programs.

Upon completion of EIIS, students who are attending undergraduate programs at The University of Tulsa will fulfill the university language proficiency requirement by passing a TOEFL test with the score required by The University of Tulsa.

Admission to EIIS

In order to be admitted to the English Institute, a student must have academic admission to The University of Tulsa.  A list of admission requirements can be found here.

1. Apply online for academic admission.

2. Download a printable application and other forms - simply download the forms, complete them, and mail them to us.

Session Schedule

EIIS offers eight-week sessions throughout the school year. The dates for each session are as follows:

The English Institute for International Students
2014 - 2015
Fall 2014
August 21 Institutional TOEFL
August 22 Placement Exam
August 25 - October 16 Classes
October 17 Placement Exam
October 20 - December 18 Classes
Spring 2015
January 8 Institutional TOEFL
January 9 Placement Exam
January 12 - March 5 Classes
March 6 Placement Exam
March 9 - May 7 Classes
Summer 2015
May 22 Placement Exam
May 26 - July 16 Classes


Estimated costs for one session or a full academic year consisting of five sessions (11 months) are as follows:

Tuition $2,541 $12,705
International fee $72 $360
Health insurance $230 $1,150
Total tuition and fees $2,843     $14,215
Textbooks $320 $1,600
Housing* $1,450 $7,250
Food** $1,156 $5,780
Personal expenses $754 $3,770
Total living expenses $3,680 $18,400

Estimated expenses are in U.S. dollars.

English Institute students must provide proof of private health insurance or purchase the eight week Aetna health insurance plan provided through the University of Tulsa. Students should understand that the Aetna plan is valid only for the eight weeks of the session they are currently enrolled in.

* Cost is based on a double room in William F. Fisher - Cost is per student

** Cost is based on a university meal plan with 19 meals per week without transferability

Students who will bring a spouse and/or children with them to the U.S. must provide the following information for each person so we may include them on your immigration document:

  • Full name
  • Relationship
  • Date and Country of Birth

Important English Institute Policies

Please see the link below for a list of important English Institute Policy reminders. Students should consult the University of Tulsa English Institute Handbook and University Bulletin for a comprehensive list of University policies and procedures.

English Institute Policy Reminders