ELI

English Language Institute (ELI)

Students may still continue to study completely online for the Fall 2021 semester.
Eli students in front of shepherd hall

WELCOME

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!

ELI INTENSIVE CLASSES - COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

About the Program

Starting the Fall Session I which begins August 16th all English Language Institute Classes will be hybrid. Our hybrid classes will still be partially online, but a portion of the class will be in-person and on campus. Students may begin their studies during any session - sessions 1, 2, or 3 and are not required to begin during session 1.

Register Today at the Link Below:

Course (campusce.net)


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.

Intensive Evening

Monday to Thursday from 5:45 pm to 9 pm / 13 hours of instruction per week

  • There are three semesters in each year: Summer Semester, Fall Semester, Spring Semester. We have 4 levels of classes (see below) and each semester is one level. Once a student has successfully completed a level of study and the requirements to pass the level, they will move to the next level.
  • Graduation - Once a student has successfully completed our highest level of study, level 4, and completed the requirements to graduate they will receive a certificate of graduation form the English Language Institute of City College. This certificate will satisfy the language requirements for Bachelor's and Master's degree programs at the City College of New York. Students with a graduation certificate from our program will not be required to submit TOEFL exam scores if they wish to enter a BA or MA program at City College.
  • Classes are designed to target academic and professional skills in the four language skills: Reading, Speaking, Listening, and a focus on Writing.
  • Instructors cater the class to student needs and create lessons focusing on communicative language teaching.
  • Instructors incorporate authentic material, textbooks: Grammar and Beyond Essentials & Final Draft, and Cambridge Learning Management System to enhance student learning.
  • Students will be placed in appropriate course levels from level 1 to level 4 with a placement test taken during orientation. Below is the course description for each level.

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Level 1: 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.


Level 2: 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.


Level 3: 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.


Level 4: 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.


Free 1-1 tutoring offered throughout the session for additional assistance in any area needed.
In addition to the 18 hours of classes every week, one on one tutoring assistance will be available to students as needed throughout the session for help with: Grammar Practice, Writing Skills, Resume Writing, Personal Statements, etc..


Extra English Club

Students will also have the option of joining our English Club—for free! In this club, the students vote on topics that they want to learn more about. Here are some example topics in our very exciting English club:

  • American Culture: Speaking & Listening Practice
  • The Graphic Novel: Pronunciation Practice
  • English for Work: Passing the Job Interview
  • Expanding Vocabulary: Great American Short Stories
 

TOEFL Classes

About the program

Starting the Fall Session I which begins August 16th all English Language Institute Classes will be hybrid. Our hybrid classes will still be partially online, but a portion of the class will be in-person and on campus. 

Register Today at the Link Below:

Course (campusce.net)

  • 5 Hours of Instruction Weekly
  • Classes available Saturdays 9:30am - 2:30 pm
  • Classes are designed to prepare students to pass the TOEFL exam in the areas of Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening
  • Instructors cater the class to student needs and create lessons focusing on TOEFL exam preparation
  • Instructors incorporate authentic material and TOEFL practice tests
  • Must place in Level 3 (B1) English to attend the course

Course Description


The TOEFL Preparation classes at ELI will help students to achieve the reading, writing, reading, and listening skills needed to successfully pass the TOEFL exam. Our instructors are highly trained, with years of experience with TOEFL test training. Students will develop their skills through learning step-by-step strategies for test taking, performing in class drill sessions, receiving personalized feedback, and through in-class exercises and practice tests. 

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TUITION AND CALENDAR

English Club (Free for all students) : Every Friday 10 AM - 12 PM  

Students may begin their studies during any session - sessions 1, 2, or 3 and are not required to begin during session 1.

 

Spring 2021 - Intensive Morning Classes

Session

1

2

3

Dates

January 19 - February 23

March 1- April 8

April 19 - May 20

Tuition

$ 849

$849

$849

Application

Deadlines

F1 Applicants

12/21/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

1/05/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

1/15/2021

Non - F1 students Can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

2/01/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

2/15/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

2/26/2021

Non - F1 students Can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

3/22/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

4/05/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

4/16/2021

Non - F1 students Can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

Placement Test

Before 1/19/2021

Before 3/01/2021

Before 4/19/2021

Break

2/23/2021 - 2/28/2021

4/9/2021 - 4/18/2021

5/21/2021 -5/23/2021

 

Summer 2021 - Intensive Morning Classes

Session

1

2

Dates

May 24th – June 28th

July 6th – August 9th

Tuition

$849

$849

Application

Deadlines

F1 Applicants

4/26/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

5/10/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

5/21/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

6/08/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

5/22/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

7/02/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

 

Placement

Test

Before 5/24/2021

Before 7/06/2021

Break

6/29/2021 - 7/05/2021

08/10/2021 - 08/15/2021

 

Fall 2021 - Intensive Morning Classes

Session

1

2

3

Dates

August 16th - September 27th

October 4th – November 8th

November 10th- December 16th

Tuition

$849

$849

$849

Application

Deadlines

F1 Applicants

7/19/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

08/02/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

8/13/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

9/06/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

9/20/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

10/01/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

10/13/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

10/27/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

11/08/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

Placement

Test

Before 8/16/2021

Before 10/04/2021

Before 11/10/2021

Break

9/28/2021 - 10/03/2021

11/09/2021

12/17/2021 - TBD

 

Fall 2021 - Intensive Evening Classes

 

Session

1

2

3

Dates

August 16th - September 27th

October 4th – November 8th

November 10th- December 16th

Tuition

$549

$549

$549

Application

Deadlines

F1 Applicants

7/19/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

08/02/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

8/13/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

9/06/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

9/20/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

10/01/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

10/13/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

10/27/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

11/08/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

Placement

Test

Before 8/16/2021

Before 10/04/2021

Before 11/10/2021

Break

9/28/2021 - 10/03/2021

11/09/2021

12/17/2021 - TBD


Fall 2021 - TOEFL

Session

1

2

3

Dates

August 16th - September 27th

October 4th – November 8th

November 10th- December 16th

Tuition

$350

$350

$350

Application

Deadlines

F1 Applicants

7/19/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

08/02/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

8/13/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

9/06/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

9/20/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

10/01/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

F1 Applicants

10/13/2021

Please register 4-6 weeks before the next session begins

Transfer Students

10/27/2021

Please register 2 - 3 weeks before the next session begins

Students who do not need a visa

11/08/2021

Non - F1 students can register up until the first day of classes but it is recommend to register as early as possible

Placement

Test

Before 8/16/2021

Before 10/04/2021

Before 11/10/2021

Break

9/28/2021 - 10/03/2021

11/09/2021

12/17/2021 - TBD

 

ELI Calendar 2022

 

Spring 2022 

 

Session 1 

January 18th - February 22nd

Holidays: 

President’s Day (February 21st)

Session 2 

March 1st - April 4th


 

No holidays

Session 3 

April 11th - May 19th


 

Holidays: Spring Break 4/15 - 4/22

 

Summer 2022

Session 1 

May 23rd - June 28th 

Holidays: 

Memorial Day ( May 30th )

Juneteenth (June 20th)

Session 2 

July 5th - August 8th


 

No holidays

 

Fall 2022

Session 1

August 15th - September 19th 

*Labor Day (Sept 5th)


 

Session 2 

September 28th - November 7th

*Yom Kippur Oct 4th and 5th

*Columbus Day October 10th OR indigenious day  

Session 3 

November 14th - December 20th 


 

Holidays: 

Thanksgiving (November 23rd-24th





 

Please Note: 

This schedule is tentative and all class are subject to change

NEW F-1 STUDENT & TRANSFER STUDENT APPLICATION

New students who wish to apply to the ELI as a full-time F-1 Student Visa holder must submit a formal application to the ELI. This application is for the Form I-20, which is necessary for the F-1 visa.

To receive a Certificate of Eligibility (Form I-20), follow these steps:

STEP 1:

  1. Completed I-20 Application Form
     
  2.  A scanned copy of passport photo page
     
  3. Affidavit of Support formed signed by your financial sponsor(s) (Included in the Application)
     
  4. Bank statement or bank letter showing proof of financial support ($16,664.00)
     
  5. $1,375 Tuition Deposit (registration fee included)

STEP 2:

  1. Mail or email application and all supporting documents to the English Language Institute:
    • English Language Institute
      Continuing and Professional Studies
      City College of New York
      160 Convent Avenue
      Shepard Hall, Room 2
      New York, NY 10031
       
    • E-mail: eli@ccny.cuny.edu
       
  2.  After ELI receives your application, it takes approximately 1-2 weeks to process your I-20. You will be notified via email. 

STEP 3:

  1. After you receive your Form I-20, apply for an F-1 Student Visa at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your country.

DOWNLOAD:

New Student I-20 Application

Transfer Student Application

NON F-1 (RESIDENT) STUDENT APPLICATION

*If you are not enrolling as an F-1 student, you do not need to submit an application. You can apply online or by phone. Contact 212-650-7312 or eli@ccny.cuny.edu with questions.   

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER CLICK LINK HERE--> https://www.campusce.net/ccny/course/course.aspx?catId=13

ELI STUDENT TESTIMONIALS

 

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 

Mohamed's Photo

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

Ana's Photo

 

ELI POLICIES & DISCOUNTS

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

Discounts

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.  

CONTACT US

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 .