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Students from many foreign countries, mainly countries in Asia, come to the English Language Institute (ELI) at Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) to study English prior to becoming regular students at GSW, other institutions in Georgia, or in other states. In addition, the ELI welcomes students to study English for other specific purposes. Nurses, English teachers, businessmen, government officials, and professors study English at the ELI to learn about American culture, society, improve business practices, and for professional enrichment. Cultural Experiences - All ELI students receive a student identification card and have the same privileges as regular GSW students, including access to all campus facilities. ELI students can participate in a number of social events and activities on and off campus. Programs and Services - We offer options for short- and long-term English language study throughout the year for learners. Whether you wish to come for a short period to develop your English communication skills or aim to expand your academic English skills with a long-term intensive program, the ELI has something for you. Outside of class you can experience the culture of Americus and Georgia through guided social activities. While you are attending ELI, you can stay on campus in the GSW residential housing. The staff of the ELI is here to help you make the most of your stay in our safe and beautiful town.
Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) is one of the 35 institutions in the University System of Georgia. It offers degree programs in Education, Nursing, English, Physical and Natural Sciences, Social Science, Business, Fine Arts, Music, Mathematics, and Computer Science. The University has been highly rated by U.S. News and World Report and Money magazines. GSW is the alma mater of former president of the United States, Jimmy Carter and his wife, Mrs. Rosalyn Carter.
The university is located on 250 acres in the safe environment of a small southern town, Americus, Georgia. Americus has a population of approximately 17,000 and is known for its beautifully restored Victorian architecture. It is approximately 135 miles south of Atlanta. The climate is characterized by long, warm summers and short, mild winters.