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Agape English Language Institute for Internationals, or Agape, is a South Carolina company offering ESL services to individuals and businesses. It is owned and operated by Dr. Rajarathnam (Raj) Aluri and his wife Kathy Aluri.
AELI was incorporated in 1989 by Dr. Rajarathnam S. Aluri, who came to the United States as an international student in September of 1976. In 1993, AELI signed a cooperative agreement with Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina to offer classes on the school’s campus. The first employee was hired in September of 1993 to begin the program, and the first class was held that month on the Limestone College’s main campus in Gaffney, SC. Subsequently, AELI began offering intensive English classes in Columbia in January, 1994, and in Charlotte, NC in August, 1994. In December of 1997, AELI and Limestone College revised their agreement, thus facilitating AELI’s decision to begin offering classes affiliated with the school’s Block Program (Limestone’s continuing education program) in Columbia, Greenville, and Charleston. The first classes in Greenville and Charleston were offered in June 1998. Classes have also been held at various companies in South Carolina. In January, 2004, AELI’s Columbia program obtained permission from the United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services to issue its own I-20s to students coming from abroad (AELI’s cooperative agreement with Limestone College ended in May, 2004). AELI received the same authorization to issue I-20s for its Greenville program in August, 2004. In May, 2004, AELI closed its Charleston program in an effort to focus resources on the Columbia and Greenville programs.