The faculty and staff of the English Language Institute (ELI) of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville look forward to your arrival in Knoxville and your participation in this year's Institute.   ELI will work with you throughout the program to ensure that your experience here is as productive and comfortable as possible.

The English Language Institute has provided intensive English instruction to students, visitors, and professionals on the UTK campus for 29 years. The ELI faculty members who will participate in aspects of the Institute have combined ESL/international education experience of more than 120 years.

UTK is a public land-grant university headquartered at Knoxville, Tennessee. Founded in 1794, it is the flagship institution of the statewide University of Tennessee system with nine undergraduate colleges and eleven graduate colleges.  It hosts almost 28,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. In its 2012 ranking of universities, U.S. News & World Report ranked UT 101st among all national universities and 46th among public institutions of higher learning. Its ties to Oak Ridge National Laboratory, established under UT President Andrew Holt and continued under the UT-Battelle partnership, allow for considerable research opportunities for faculty and students.

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville has a long and proud tradition of hosting and supporting a wide range of international and intercultural academic and exchange programs, including Fulbright programs, ISEP and institutional exchanges. UTK annually enrolls nearly a thousand international students, hosts approximately 400 scholars, and sends more than 700 American students abroad for study, internships, short-term teaching and research. The campus and community as a whole are known for providing a supportive, welcoming environment to international visitors, students, and faculty.  For more information about UTK, please click here.

Knoxville is a city in the state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Knox County.   As of 2010, the city had a population of about 170,000 residents, making it the state's third largest city.  First settled in 1786, Knoxville was the first capital of Tennessee. The city struggled with geographic isolation throughout the early 19th century, though the arrival of the railroad in 1855 led to an economic boom.  During the Civil War, the city was bitterly divided over the secession issue, and was occupied alternately by both Confederate and Union armies.  Following the war, Knoxville grew rapidly as a major wholesaling and manufacturing center.  Hosting the 1982 World's Fair helped reinvigorate the city, and recent revitalization initiatives by city leaders and private developers have had success.  

Knoxville is the home of the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee, whose sports teams, called the "Volunteers" or "Vols," are extremely popular in the surrounding area. Knoxville is also home to the headquarters of the Tennessee Valley Authority, as well as the corporate headquarters of several national and regional companies. Knoxville is home to the Tennessee Supreme Court's courthouse for East Tennessee. Knoxville hosts more than 20 museums and seven historical houses. As one of the largest cities in the Appalachian region, Knoxville has positioned itself in recent years as a repository of Appalachian culture and is one of the gateways to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. For more information about Knoxville please click here.