Nevada English Language and Learning Institute

The Northern Nevada International Center at the University of Nevada, Reno is proud to host the Nevada English Language and Learning Institute (NELLI) through a collaboration with the University’s Writing and Speaking Center. NELLI offers intensive five-week and semester-long programs to international students, at least 15 years or older, who are interested in learning English and American culture. 

Typical NELLI programs will include daily listening, speaking, reading and writing classes in tandem with immersion opportunities such as visits to local cultural sites. The University Writing & Speaking Center will manage the English as a Second Language (ESL) portion of the learning and language institute while the NNIC will manage administration and cultural immersion efforts. NELLI students will also have the chance to reside in University dormitories prior to relocating to the campus. 

The cost to enroll is in addition to tuition and ranges from $6,000 to $17,500 depending on session duration, meal plans and living situations students might choose. The NELLI program can be covered by some scholarships. 

Program dates

  • 2022 Summer: June 6-July 8, 2022
  • 2022 Fall: August 25-December 16, 2022
  • 2023 Spring: January 12-May 5, 2023

The application deadline is three months prior to program start date.

Program partner: University of Nevada, Reno’s University Writing and Speaking Center

For more information about NELLI, email International Development Specialist Kevin Sung at