BIR Training Center is the destination of choice for students from around the globe interested in
personalized English language instruction and
TOEFL preparation. BIR is respected as a provider of
quality education due to our experienced instructors, varied course selection, multilingual staff,
and unparalleled student services. BIR is NCA Accredited,
ISBE Approved, and certified by
ETS as an official TOEFL iBT testing center.
Over 500 international students from more than 50 countries are currently studying at BIR for many
reasons, including: affordable tuition, personalized tutoring, well equipped computer labs, small
class sizes, flexible class schedules, four accessible locations, and an international department
devoted to your needs.
BIR has 3 locations throughout Chicago. Our students enjoy all the excitement and conveniences the
city has to offer: bustling nightlife, fascinating cultural activities, an excellent public
transportation system, and of course, beautiful Lake Michigan.
If you are interested in living and studying in Chicago, please click
the apply button to the right or call BIR at 773-866-0111
Study and Tuition
International students can study at BIR’s English Learning
Program (ELP) for any period of time from
3 months to more than 2 years improving their English comprehension, as well as English oral and
written communication skills. Students can take classes to prepare for
TOEFEL and IELTS exams.
International students can enroll in one of the two programs
of study at BIR.
BIR offers evening, morning and weekend class schedules insuring that each student can pick the
time most convenient for them. BIR also offers classes at its
North-Side and Downtown campuses which
have great accessibility due to ample parking and public transportation options.
Today, more than 700 international students from 50+ countries study at BIR. Great education,
friendly customer service, affordable tuition, as well as a diverse student body make BIR a school
of choice for discerning international students. BIR’s friendly and resourceful multilingual staff
and counselors help guide students through the enrollment process and their academic experience.
We accept various types of international students including: students from abroad, students already
in the US who would like to change their visa status, and students attending another US institution
and wish to transfer. To learn how to apply to BIR read about our
International Student Admissions.
In addition to BIR's academic offerings, the Homestay Program is a great way to learn English and
American culture outside of the classroom. The Homestay Program matches students with a family in
Chicago and the family provides the student with two meals per day and a warm, comfortable place to
stay. But the experience goes far beyond that. Living with an American family provides the student
with opportunities to explore Chicago, learn aspects of American life that are not covered in the
classroom, and friendships that last a lifetime. For more information on homestay,
Located in the heart of Downtown Chicago, this location will place you near bustling city life
and premier Chicago attractions including: Grant Park, Millenium Park, Michigan Avenue Shopping,
The Shedd Aquarium, Monroe Harbor and more!