English Language Institute (ELI)

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CCNY's English Language Institute (ELI) provides intensive instruction and practice for non-native speakers who want to improve their English skills for academic and professional development. Our English program is designed for both international and local NYC residents who want to prepare for studying in an American University and for improving their job opportunities. After completing the English Language Institute, students can apply for undergraduate and graduate programs at City College and waive TOEFL requirement.  Learn WITH us! 


Thank you for your interest in the English Language Institute of the City College of New York (CCNY).  Please read the information below and visit the links to see if you can get the information you need.  If you have more questions, please email us at ELI@ccny.cuny.edu , and we will respond as soon as we can.

What is ELI? 

The English Language Institute (ELI) at CCNY provides intensive instruction and practice for non-native speakers who want to improve their English skills to achieve their academic and professional goals. Our program prepares international and local students to study at American universities and enhance their employability.  Our classes are in-person in the CCNY campus. 


Are you eligible?

Are you an International Student

You must apply for an F-1 student visa to study in our program. Please review the attached New Student I-20 Application. If you meet the visa requirements and would like to apply, please complete and upload the form and the supporting documents to our CPS English Language Institute secure file drop. After verification, we will notify you of your acceptance to ELI and process your initial tuition payment deposit. The CCNY Department of International Student and Scholar Services will process your I-20 application for F-1 student visa eligibility.  International students are required to enroll for a minimum of 15 weeks or three sessions. 

Also visit our International page.


Are you a NYC resident

ELI provides classes that are designed to improve reading, writing, and speaking skills of non-native English language learners. If you live, work, or study in the New York area, this program is the right choice for you! 

Also visit our NYC resident page.


If you are an international student transferring your I-20 to ELI, also visit our International page.


Immigration Questions

Our program doesn't answer questions or inquiries about immigration. 

Please contact our International Student and Scholar Services (OISSS) https://www.ccny.cuny.edu/isss

Please also familiarize yourself with non-immigrant visas and SEVP by visiting U.S. government websites here (Non-Immigrants: Who can Study) and here (About student visas from Travel.State.gov)


What is the cost and how do you pay?

The tuition cost for a semester or for three sessions is $2725.  International students are required to register for at least three sessions.  

Each session costs $925.  We accept credit cards for payments including American Express, Discover, Visa, and Mastercard. 

Also visit our Tuition and Calendar Page


How long is the class? 

Each session is for five weeks.  There are 20 in-person classes, totaling 90 hours of intensive instruction. One semester comprises three (3) five-week intensive sessions and is approximately four to five months.  


What are the levels?  

Upon admission, students receive a link to an online multiple-choice test to assess their proficiency level for program placement and instruction; it takes about one hour to complete. Levels run from Beginner to Advanced. 


What is the schedule?

Classes are held Monday through Thursday in-person on campus, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., including a half an hour lunch break. The time it takes to complete our program depends on the student's starting level and progress.  

Also visit our Tuition and Calendar Page



Are classes on-line or in-person?

Our intensive English classes are in-person on the CCNY Campus.    

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As a newcomer in New York, I couldn’t speak fluently last year although I was familiar with basic grammar. I was so lucky to find ESL English class in ELI City College last year and took part in it. After 4 sessions of intense English studying, I can communicate with native speakers very well now. At the beginning, it was so hard for me to express myself. Especially when we showed our presentations, I had to prepare a long script to help me the first time. Teachers are so nice and patient, and they encouraged me a lot. Therefore, my speaking improved step by step. By the end of level 4, I could show my presentation confidently only using simple outlines. I am grateful for the ESL program in ELI City College. Anyone who hopes to improve their English will gain progress here.

Evelyn (China) Spring 2021 English Language Institute

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During my time in the program I learned a lot more vocabulary and can express myself in a better way. The teacher helps me with my pronunciation and now can I speak better and clearly. In each session we write essays and I am able to express my ideas on an academic level.  Also, in the online class, we have different activities like oral presentations, quizzes, reading articles and group conversations. One of my favorite perks in the program is you can have a tutorial one on one with a teacher when you are struggling with a grammar rule or wherever you need to learn. The teachers are very friendly and helpful all of the time.

- Hector (Chile) Fall 2019 English Language Institute

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I chose the English Language Institute of City College to be close to my family and have the best quality of education for the low price. I was impressed by the school organization, and the way that the teachers explained the course was outstanding. I really enjoy the online classes. They teach lessons with simplicity and efficiency, and give the homework online. They take care of the smallest details of your problems. During my studies with ELI, I have improved a lot in my writing skills as I am writing essays every week. At first, I could barely write a paragraph without many errors. I was not able to speak with people without mistakes but only after 3 months of taking the class from ELI City College. Now, I can speak with a lot of people and write entire essays virtually error-free. In the class, we try to interact with people virtually to involve our own English speaking. Three months ago, I was worried about how to understand English by only doing online studying classes, but ELI City College helped me to prove to me that I can learn online as well as studying in person. Learning English at ELI City College helps me to achieve my goals.​ 

- Mohamed (Guinea) Spring 2021 English Language Institute 

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I found ELI courses last year and I enjoyed them in October, 2020. As we know, the whole world has changed about the Covid -19 and of course studying style. The very first time, online class was difficult and uncomfortable, but teachers helped me every single step and now studying is easier and more flexible. ELI courses are one of the best exemplary courses which support students to improve their English language skills. I learnt how to write essays correctly, how to understand and listen to the expressions of foreign people in English, because classes are very mixed.  I made new friends and practicing with them is the most helpful for me to develop my English. Teachers are very professionals and very friendly and always helping students individually which is one of the most important. I have a fourth level ahead, which will be harder, but I hope with the help of teachers everything will end well. Believe me, whoever joins this course will never regret it.

- Ana (Georgia) Fall 2020 English Language Institute

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Please email us if you have more questions after reading the information on our website.  Thank you and follow us on social media!  Our email is   ELI@ccny.cuny.edu   

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Last Updated: 07/18/2024 09:25