English as an International Language

On behalf of all faculty in the EIL program, and the university as a whole, we say “Welcome!” to Park University. We hope that you enjoy this beautiful university on the bluff overlooking the Missouri River, and find success here. Park University is a wonderful place to help you form and achieve your life’s goals. The purpose of the EIL Program at Park is to assist you as you begin this endeavor.

As you have read in our mission and vision statements above, our role is to teach you the English you need to succeed, but also to introduce you to American society, and give you skills you will need as a student in an American university. Learning and living in a language not your own may seem challenging, especially at first. However, you have made a very wise and mature choice in electing to learn English where it is spoken. You may feel uncomfortable at first. This will pass. At the end of your stay at Park, you will graduate not only with a good degree, but also with an excellent command of English. You will also have gained familiarity and knowledge of another culture. All in all, you will be superbly prepared for success, no matter where life leads you.

About the Program

You're ready to make a move... Learn... Grow... Realize your dreams. Our English as an International Language Program will help you get there. More Go

Highly Qualified, Experienced Instructors

All of our faculty have advanced degrees in Linguistics and/or ESOL. Most have lived and taught English abroad, as well as in the United States. If you want creative, competent and caring teachers, you've come to the right place. More Go

Minor in EIL

The minor in EIL provides experience in written and spoken academic English and prepares students who plan to use English in addition to their first or other languages when they leave Park. More Go

Policies and Procedures

Learn about what to expect in the EIL program, testing your English proficiency, course sequencing, and how to complete the program. More Go

Adapting to a New Culture

Living in a new country, with an unfamiliar culture and language, can sometimes be strange, lonely, and even frightening. Read about the stages of acclimation, suggestions for success, and what is expected of you as a student at Park. More Go


View frequently asked questions about the English as an International Language program. More Go

Awards and Recognition

Recent awards and recognition given to EIL students, including a biography of the EIL Student of the Month. More Go


Browse the gallery of pictures taken at recent EIL events. More Go