Apply to the ELI's EAP

Complete the English Language Institute English for Academic Purposes Application

  1. Submit the application BELOW.
  2. Pay the non-refundable $150 application fee. This fee covers application expenses and also makes you eligible to take the EAP English Placement test during orientation. (This fee may be paid by credit card after you submit the application). A $2.75 credit card convenience fee applies to all credit card payments). All admission documents (EAP admission letter, I-20 and informational documents) will be sent electronically to your email address.

Submit Required Documentation for Admission

All documents listed below may be scanned and sent via email at, fax at 1-417-836-4784, or postal mail (address listed below).

All applicants:

  1. A copy of your passport information page.
  2. If you are applying for conditional admission to Missouri State University, a copy of your current transcript (grades) translated in English. Review the English Language Institute requirements for conditional admission.
  3. A copy of your high school or undergraduate diploma.

If you want to apply for an F-1 visa to study in-person, we also require:

  1. Statement of Financial Support. (this document may be downloaded and completed by right clicking and choosing "save as")
  2. An official statement from the bank which specifies in US dollars the amount of money available for one year of language training. Review tuition and costs.

The English Language Institute reserves the right to deny admission or readmission or to restrict enrollment of individuals who are determined to represent a threat to students, faculty, staff, or property. This determination will be made by the Executive Director of the English Language Institute in coordination with the Dean of Students at Missouri State University. Appeals to such a decision may be directed to the Associate Vice President for International Programs at Missouri State University.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: It is the policy of the English Language Institute (ELI) that any student in initial status who wishes to transfer to another institution is required to report to the ELI in person with a copy of the transfer form and admission letter from the new institution. A student who does not comply with this policy is subject to termination of the student’s SEVIS record prior to the record being transferred.


Postal Mail:

English Language Institute
Missouri State University
301 South Jefferson Ave., Suite 200
Springfield, MO 65806 USA



Required fields are marked with an asterisk (*).

Program Options and Preferences
You are applying for:

Disclaimer: Class schedule availability subject to change depending on enrollment.

Choose Your Preferred Start Date
If you are a B-1 visa holder, Permanent Resident, or US Citizen, you may study part-time or full-time. Choose one to four course options below:
Personal Information

Please enter your name exactly as it appears on your passport.

Permanent Address in Home Country

Your permanent home address is required to issue your I-20 (immigration form). This must be your personal address, not an agent's or friend's.

United States Mailing Address

If you do not have a United States Mailing Address, please leave these fields blank.

Mailing Address
Select if your mailing address:
Accompanying Family Information
If you are married, will your spouse accompany you?

If yes, please send a copy of your spouse's passport.

If you have children, will they accompany you?

If yes, please send a copy of your child(ren)'s passports.

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Educational Background

Please provide a complete summary of all educational institutions you have attended, beginning with your initial enrollment in secondary school. Be sure to include present enrollment including intensive English language program, if currently enrolled. Failure to list all schools, regardless of length of time attended, is considered falsification of records and may result in denial or suspension. If you have attended more than three schools, please provide the three most recent. 

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Work History

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Transfer Student Information

If you are currently studying at a university in the U.S. and you would like to transfer, please provide the school information.

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Miscellaneous Information

Have you ever been convicted of a crime other than a traffic offense, or are any criminal charges pending against you, or have you ever been dismissed/suspended from another college or university for disciplinary reasons?

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Do you need to apply for an F-1 visa?
After you complete the ELI, you will:
How did you hear about ELI?

Application Verification

  • The information I entered on this application is correct and complete.
  • If I am accepted, I will arrive at Missouri State University prior to the beginning date on the form I-20.
  • I understand that I must have sufficient funds for tuition and living expenses during my entire stay at Missouri State University.
  • I understand that admission to the English Language Institute is not the same as admission to Missouri State University.
  • I understand that I must take the Institutional Placement Test after I arrive and that I must enroll in the required English courses. I also understand that I may need to study for more that one semester before I reach the proficiency level required for university study.
  • I give permission for the English Language Institute to provide information about my English proficiency, progress, and attendance to the appropriate faculty members and administrators of Missouri State University. 
  • I understand that the ELI application fee is nonrefundable. 
I agree with the statements above:
Application Fee

IMPORTANT: After you complete and submit this form, please remember to pay the application fee so we can process your application. You will have the link to pay after you click "submit", or you can also find the link to pay at the top of this page. Thank you!

Human verification

Transfer Students

If you are transferring from another English language program in the United States:

  1. Ask your current language school program director or advisor to send a letter of recommendation to the English Language Institute on your behalf via email, fax, or postal mail.
  2. Apply to the English Language Institute English for Academic Purposes program as directed above.
  3. Upon receiving your admission letter, complete the transfer form. Complete and sign this form for your current advisor to release your SEVIS record.