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New ESL Students receive 50 percent tuition discount through September 30, 2020

Washington, DC (MAY 27, 2020) The International Language Institute (ILI) is offering live, instructor-led online courses for US-based quarantined students, and international students restricted from traveling to the United States. The Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program was the first ILI course to be made available completely online, designed so students continue to benefit from live instruction and the same curriculum as the in-person courses. To assist students with tuition during this difficult time, ILI is providing a 50 percent tuition discount on any of its four-week ESL courses, online or in-person, for new students who apply before September 30, 2020.

With Mayor Muriel E. Bowser extending social distancing restrictions until June 8 in Washington, DC, non-essential businesses have had to develop new ways to provide services.  The leaders of the International Language Institute, open 50 years prior to COVID-19, are proactively applying for accreditation and licensing to extend the online classroom schedule even after Washington D.C. is open for business and International travel.

The institute was hit especially hard by the COVID-19 shutdown as the majority of its students are from other countries. Students participate in ILI’s unique learning programs using a student VISA, and affordable local housing.

“We don’t want the quarantine to impede students from progressing with their academic pursuits,” said Fredrik Skoglund, president and director of the school. “When the quarantine was enacted, we moved all current courses online for the safety of students and staff.  International travel to the U.S. is not an option for most prospective students right now, so we encourage them to register for our online courses and continue to progress until the restrictions are lifted.  In addition to the ESL courses, we are also offering classes in 14 other foreign languages online with the intent of offering the same top quality, live instruction with student participation and engagement.”

Skoglund said the staff and instructors have been invaluable during this process and are excited about the opportunity of using virtual classrooms, so students from around the world can benefit from live instruction and peer to peer interaction.


About the International Language Institute: Founded in 1970, the International Language Institute has provided quality language training to thousands of students from around the world for fifty years. With locations in Washington, D.C. and Gaithersburg, MD, all programs are accredited by ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training.  ILI is licensed by the DC Higher Educational Licensure Commission and is a member of English USATESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), WATESOL (Washington Area Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages), NAFSA (Association of International Educators), and ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages). For more information, visit our websites at or Contact us at 202-362-2505 or email us at [email protected].