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 development. Our English program is designed for both international and local students who want to prepare for studying in an American University and for improving their job opportunities. After completing the English Language Institute, students who meet our GPA program requirements can apply for undergraduate and graduate programs at City College—no TOEFL exam needed!


About the Program

The English Language Institute 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 students who want to prepare for studying in an American University and for improving their job opportunities. 

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Intensive Morning

Monday to Thursday from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm, with a 30 minute break for lunch /18 hours of class instruction per week.


    Course Levels


    Survival English
    Students in this level focus mostly on simple grammar structures that they can use to survive in New York City. Students will develop basic vocabulary skills, and they will learn how to ask and answer questions based on specific real-life situations they may encounter in New York City—such as shopping at the supermarket, calling the police, listening to subway announcements, making doctor’s appointments, etc. They will also learn to write simple sentences and paragraphs for both work and academic development.


    Fluency and Speed Development
    Students in this level focus on rapidly expanding vocabulary and grammar knowledge to speak about a wide range of topics: family, community, culture, work, goals, etc. The students will begin to read short stories and simple newspaper articles. In addition, students will begin to watch and listen to longer videos to improve listening skills. In this level, the students will improve their paragraph writing skills.


    Accuracy Development
    The students in this level focus heavily on grammar accuracy. The students will learn how to correct their own speaking and writing mistakes. They will learn how to write complete essays for their future academic and professional careers. They will read more complex articles and short stories, and they will learn to speak about more abstract topics related to their jobs and interests.


    Professional & Academic English
    The students in this level focus on the English skills needed to be successful in their academic and professional careers. They will learn how to write college research papers, resumes, cover letters, and professional emails. They will practice listening to longer speeches that they may hear at work and at university. In addition, they will learn how to speak formally and give high-quality presentations.



      ELI Calendar 2023

      Fall 2023

      Session 1

      August 21st - September 26th 


      Session 2 

      October 2nd- November 6th


      Session 3 

      November 13th - December 18th 


      Thanksgiving (November 23rd-24th)


      Spring 2024

      Session 1

      January 16th - February 21st


      Session 2 

      February 26th - March 28th


      Session 3 

      April 15th - May 29st


      Summer 2024

      Session 1

      June 10th - July 9th


      Session 2 

      July 15th - August 15th


      Please Note: 

      This schedule is tentative and may or may not account for Holidays and breaks. This schedule is subject to change.



      2023 Calendar | The City College of New York (cuny.edu)


      International students who wish to study at the English Language Institute as a full-time student must apply for an F-1 student visa by completing an I-20 application.

      New Student I-20 Application

      After completing the I-20 application, please upload the completed form along with the supporting documents to our CPS English Language Institute secure filedrop.

      Your email should include the following documents:

      1. A completed I-20 application form

      2. A scanned copy of your passport photo page

      3. A bank statement or bank letter showing proof of financial support ($16,664.00)

      4. $1,375 Tuition Deposit

      It takes approximately 1-2 weeks to process your I-20 application. You will be notified via email when the process is complete.

      After you receive your Form I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status), apply for an F-1 student visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country.

      Transfer International Students

      If you are an international student who already has an F-1 student visa and is looking to transfer to the English Language Institute, please complete the transfer application below:

      Transfer Students Application

      After completing the Transfer I-20 application, please upload the completed form along with the supporting documents to our CPS English Language Institute secure filedrop.

      If you have any questions, please contact the English Language Institute via email at  eli@ccny.cuny.edu  or by phone at (212) 650-7312. 


      The English Language Institute offers four levels of study: beginner, high beginner, intermediate, and advanced. Once you register, you will receive an email from us containing a placement test. Your placement test results will determine your starting level.

      If you are interested in registering for one of our upcoming classes, click here: Language Skills/English Language Institute

      If you have any questions about our program or need assistance with registering, please email eli@ccny.cuny.edu or call (212) 650-7312. 



      The English Language Institute at the City College of New York offers intensive English classes for au pairs who are looking to strengthen their English language skills and obtain educational credits to satisfy the requirements for the J-1 exchange visitor visa.

      The ELI Intensive Morning Institute runs for 6 weeks: Monday-Thursday, 9:30am – 2:30pm. Each course yields 90 contact hours. Au pairs who successfully complete an intensive course can earn up to 6 credits towards their J-1 visa educational requirements.

      To register for an upcoming course, click here: English Language Institute
      About the English Language Institute

      The English Language Institute 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 students who want to prepare for studying in an American University and for improving their job opportunities.

      Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

      Are you an accredited program?
      Yes! The City College of New York is an accredited university by The Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE).

      How many contact hours is each intensive English course?
      Each course is 90 contact hours. Your Au Pair agency will determine how many academic credits you will receive based on the number of contact hours for each course you complete. It is for this reason that we recommend speaking with your agency representative before registering for the course.

      Are your courses offered online or in-person?
      All of our courses are offered in-person at the City College of New York main campus. 

      What is the cost of the program?
      The tuition cost for each intensive course is $900.

      Does the program issue a certificate after I complete a course?
      Yes! Au Pairs who successfully complete one of our courses will receive a certificate that indicates the course title, date of completion, and the number of contact hours completed. 

      Are these classes only for Au Pairs?
      No! All of our classes are mixed with students from all over the world. Our program is comprised of international students, visiting professionals, diplomats, and members of the NYC community. 

      Who can I contact if I have more questions about the ELI Au Pair program?
      Please reach out to the ELI program coordinator at eli@ccny.cuny.edu " rel="nofollow"> eli@ccny.cuny.edu if you have any questions regarding the program.

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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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      Current ELI Policies

      • For student withdrawals, the registration fee is non-refundable. If a student withdraws before the first day of classes, tuition is refunded minus the $25 processing fee.

      • After the first class meeting, no refund will be issued. • Payment must be made in full by the first day of classes, or a $50 late payment fee will be charged.

      • Refund requests must be accompanied by your receipt. The processing of refunds takes one to four weeks.

      • Credit card refunds are credited back to the card used to register for the course(s). Refund via check will be mailed 4 to 6 weeks after cancelled registration


      We offer discounts to current students through our Student Referral Program. If you are a student who is currently enrolled in the English Language Institute and you refer a new student to our program who successfully enrolls in an English Language Institute Course you will receive a $50 discount on tuition for your next session for EACH student that you enroll.      

      Terms  and conditions: to  receive this discount you must be a current student at the English Language Institute. A student will not be able to receive a total discount for one session that exceeds the amount of tuition for one session. A student may not transfer their discount to another  student. The person who has been referred must mention the student that they have been referred by before they enroll in classes in order for a discount to be offered. A student cannot apply the discount to a current session, it must be applied to the next  session that a student will enroll in.  


      Consistent with New York State Reopening Guidelines for Higher Education and The City College of New York policy, all students must submit proof of vaccination (with booster, if eligible) for admission and to enter the college. 

      Due to this course being in person, students must register for a Cleared4 pass through the following link to submit proof of vaccination PRIOR to the class start date if already registered: https://www.c4wrk.com/97KHRDLPrXkp5Jza8


      Dear current and future students: 

      Due to COVID-19, we are currently working remotely, please email the English Language Institute (ELI) at eli@ccny.cuny.edu .



      Last Updated: 11/08/2023 19:30