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Online Courses

UMBC Students

Take your skills to a higher level with online Advanced Reading and Writing, IELTS preparation and TESOL Training courses! These courses are taught in an asynchronous manner and they do not require students and instructors to be online at the same time. Therefore, they allow you to study anytime and anywhere to fit your lifestyle. Our courses are interactive – they combine video recorded and self-guided lectures, practical and applied assignments, and individual and group online work.

Application Process
Step 1: Complete the ELI Online Course application form here.
Step 2: If English is not your first language, ELI staff will contact you by email with instructions for an online writing proficiency test. After you complete the test, ELI staff will tell you if you are eligible to take the course(s) you have requested. Native English speakers do not need to take a writing test.
Step 3: Approved students will receive an email from the ELI with detailed instructions on how to access your course(s).


Winter 2019

January 2 –  25, 2019

Spring 1, 2019

January 28 – March 15, 2019

Spring 2, 2019

March 25 – May 14, 2019

Summer 2019

May 28 – July 19, 2019

Fall 1, 2019

August 28 – October 16, 2019

Fall 2, 2019

October 23 – December 10, 2019

Winter 2020

January 2 –  24, 2020

Spring 1, 2020

January 27 – March 13, 2020

Spring 2, 2020

March 23 – May 12, 2020

Summer 2020

May 26 – July 19, 2020


Please apply one week prior to course start date (late applications may be accepted). 
For information about refunds of course tuition, see Tuition.

Eligibility & Important Information
  • You should be age 17 or older (note: high school completion is not required).
  • You may live in the U.S. or in another country while taking these courses. The courses are 100% online and you do not have to visit the UMBC campus in person.
  • You may have any visa/immigration status. Note: the ELI cannot issue a Form I-20 for students to take online classes.
  • You must have reliable access to a computer with an internet connection. The ELI’s online classes use the Blackboard system. Go here for more information about technical requirements for Blackboard.
  • Current UMBC and ELI students are not eligible to take the ELI’s online courses.
  • These courses do not qualify students for admission to an undergraduate or graduate degree program at UMBC.
  • These courses do not satisfy the English proficiency requirements for students conditionally admitted to UMBC.


Advanced Writing and Grammar for Academic Purposes
(non-credit, 15 weeks)

This course prepares advanced students to write in English with university-level competence and accuracy. Students further develop their skills in the writing process, academic vocabulary, advanced grammatical structures, presentation and analysis of research topics, and narrative and persuasive writing. Students learn to write for specific audiences and purposes and produce a research paper.  Tuition cost is $1,149.99. 

Advanced Reading & Vocabulary for Academic Purposes
(non-credit, 15 weeks)

In this course, students develop advanced critical reading skills using a variety of source materials. Readings may include articles, non-fiction writing and data presentations. Students will be able to identify major points and types of support, separate fact from opinion and analyze vocabulary used in the text.  Tuition cost is $1,499.99.

TESOL Training Course, Summer Version (non-credit, 8 weeks)

This intensive non-credit course is designed for professionals and recent college graduates who are interested in exploring the TESOL field as a future career opportunity. The course provides an overview of the theories and methods of teaching the English language. Participants learn about different types of language learners and their profiles, and discuss historic and current methods of teaching the English language. Fundamentals of lesson planning and organization will also be presented, discussed and practiced. This course further provides an overview and practice of the instructional methods and approaches for teaching the core English language skills of speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Participants will also engage in practical experience with language learners by tutoring, observing classes, and teaching. Upon completion of this course, participants earn a 100+ hour TESOL Certificate.  Tuition cost for the summer TESOL course is $1,149.99.

IELTS Preparation (non-credit, 7 weeks)

This course is designed for intermediate- and advanced-level English learners who plan to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test.  As part of this course, students will work reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Course instruction focuses on the specific elements that are tested by the IELTS.  Students also learn test-taking strategies and practice the language and academic skills the IELTS test requires. Through consistent work, practice, and completion of assignments, students increase their chance of achieving a desirable IELTS score and improve their preparation for university study.  Tuition cost for the IELTS course is $575.

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