English Language Institute (ELI)

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The English Language Institute (ELI) provides intensive instruction and practice for non-native speakers who want to improve their English skills for academic and professional advancement. This intensive program is designed for international students who want to prepare for studying in an American undergraduate or graduate college program. After completing the English Language Institute, students who meet our GPA program requirements are eligible for a TOEFL waiver for applicant admission at City College undergraduate and graduate programs. 



Students receive 18 hours per week of instruction in writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Classes meet Monday through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for a total of 18 hours a week. Here is an example of how your schedule could look:

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
9:30 -11:30       Writing Listening and Speaking Reading Computer Lab
11:30-12:00     Break Break Break Break
12:00-2:30     Listening and Speaking Reading Writing Computer Lab


Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition for each session (5 weeks = 90 hours of instruction) is $900.
  • F1 visa students are required to register for at least 3 sessions.
  • A $25 processing fee is charged with every payment.