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Atlanta English Institute (AEI) has more than 25 years of experience in providing academic excellence in English as a Second Language Training (ESL). As the oldest, accredited ESL School in Atlanta, our institute has stood the test of time.

We understand that Language is Power℠ and how important learning English is to our students. We know the life and career benefits that being fluent in American English can bring. We also know the struggles and difficulties that many people go through when learning or mastering any language. We’ve set ourselves apart by creating an optimal environment for learning English from some of the best ESL trained, native speaking instructors. We offer a full range of ESL classes, tutoring, and complete Test Preparation programs.

By enrolling at AEI, students can experience English in its native land, be provided personal attention by native speaking instructors in smaller classes, and focus on their studies in a nurturing, comfortable environment.

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our history

The Atlanta English Institute (AEI) is the oldest ESL school in Atlanta, open to every nationality, providing intensive English instruction, Test Preparation , and tutoring to non-native speakers from beginner to master levels. AEI was founded by Julie Ressler more than 25 years ago in 1993. Mrs. Ressler was an English Language instructor in her native country of South Korea when opportunity brought her to the United States and she continued her work here in Atlanta, GA. Her vision was to help others learn English in a way that was both productive and compassionate. Understanding the fears and frustrations associated with being a non-native speaker herself, she knew exactly what was necessary to build a school that served student needs while empowering their lives and careers with the English language.



In 2013, AEI received an additional accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA).

CEA is a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. They are also recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education. For further information about this accreditation, please visit


AEI is authorized by ETS as an official iBT TOEFL Test Center.

The internet-based TOEFL test (iBT) helps institutions of higher learning make decisions about the readiness of international learners to effectively communicate in an English speaking academic environment. A skills-integrated test is used to measure students’ readiness to succeed. Therefore, they need to not only understand English but also to communicate effectively. Reading, listening, writing, and speaking are key skill areas tested using the integrated approach.

Students who desire to pass the test may enroll in our courses. They are designed to increase successful outcome on the iBT (internet-based) TOEFL. We strive to ensure that our students achieve academic readiness.

SEVP, USCIS Approved (SEVIS I-20, F-1 Visa)

The school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

All international students and exchange visitors must possess a SEVIS I-20 issued by an approved school. SEVIS (Student Visitor Information System) is an automated process to collect, maintain, and manage information about international students and exchange visitors during their stay in the United States. SEVIS is operated by the U.S Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) under the federal Department of Homeland Security. AEI’s SEVIS School Code is ATL 214F 01554000. For further information, including a list of approved schools, please visit

Our Facilities

Atlanta English Institute provides a 22,000 square foot campus including classrooms, student lounge, library, event room, computer labs, admissions and administrative offices, breakroom, and more. We are located in the heart of the metro Atlanta area within easy reach of the highway and public transportation.


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

TESOL, an association of English language educators, is a national, independent professional organization established in 1966. The organization was created to bring together teachers and administrators at all educational levels with an interest in teaching English to speakers of other languages (ESOL). TESOL provides a coordinated, knowledgeable response at the international, national, and local levels to issues affecting institutions that foster the development of effective human communications. TESOL’s mission is to ensure excellence in English language teaching to speakers of other languages. For further information:

Georgia Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

GaTESOL is a state-wide association of educators of English language educators. For further information:

Southeast Region - Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

SETESOL is an affiliation of seven southern state TESOL organizations and sponsors an annual SETESOL conference. AEI regularly participates in, and has presented at, the SETESOL annual conferences.


EnglishUSA is the largest professional association of Intensive English Programs in the United States with over 350 accredited member programs. It offers a wealth of resources for students who are interested in studying English in the United States, as well as IEP professionals looking for the most-up-to-date information about the field. All EnglishUSA member programs meet the highest standards for quality education and professional integrity. For further information:


EducationUSA is a network of hundreds of advising centers in 170 countries, where millions of international students each year find accurate, comprehensive, and current information about how to apply to accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The EducationUSA network is supported by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), which strives to foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. For more information please visit:

Our Facilities

Atlanta English Institute provides a 22,000 square foot campus including classrooms, student lounge, library, event room, computer labs, admissions and administrative offices, breakroom, and more. We are located in the heart of the metro Atlanta area within easy reach of the highway and public transportation.


The Atlanta English Institute (AEI) provides intensive English instruction, Test Preparation , and private tutoring to non-native speakers from beginner to those seeking mastery. The school aims to build solid academic foundations and foster communication, as well as the skills and knowledge to achieve personal, professional, and academic success. AEI does this through the context of a nurturing environment which models integrity and excellence.


At AEI we strive to honor the Lord and to help develop good citizens. These cherished aspirations guide us in all our work.


Key Faculty

and Staff

While our instructors are all native speakers, we have several staff members that come from different countries. This means that when a student first contacts the school, someone will likely be able to communicate with them in their native language. This helps us provide the best service for students who desired to master English. We understand and have compassion for our students as they come to AEI for learning.


Native Speakers

An additional reason students choose AEI is that they want instructors who are native speakers without an accent.

Our students learn American English from American instructors. Other credentials and requirements include a relevant college degree and TESOL Certification in teaching English as a Second Language – knowing how to communicate in a way that will help students learn quickly and with the most productivity. The majority of our faculty members hold advanced degrees and ESL certifications.

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