Arrival Information

Welcome to the English Language Institute at Pace University!  We are excited to meet you at the start of the next term!  We understand that coming to live in New York City is not an easy process.  To help make the transition easier we are providing you with useful arrival information to get you started.  Please refer to the information below about your arrival to Pace University and the United States!



As a newly admitted student you are required to take a placement exam as part of the registration process. The results of this examination will determine in which course level you will need to register. Placement exams are held the 5 days prior to the first day of each session. We ask students to arrive at the ELI Admissions Office at 9:30am on one of these days. Individual placement tests will also be given after classes begin for students who arrive late.  To make a reservation for your Intensive English/Pre-Graduate/Pre-Undergraduate Program Placement Exam please go to:


During the second week of class, there will be an orientation for all ELI students. During the orientation, you will learn about the University’s services and facilities and you will be able to ask the International Student Advisor questions about health insurance, US government regulations, etc.


If home currency regulations permit, students are advised to bring at least $500.00 extra in traveler's checks for your expenses during the first few weeks of the term. Students transferring money directly from overseas should allow 15-21 business days for processing and check clearance. Be sure to request receipts at the time of the transaction. Wire transfer is the least expensive; please expect to pay a $15 bank charge. Do not send cash through the mail. After you arrive, we can help you open a bank account. Be aware that the bank will hold funds deposited to open a bank account for a long period (up to 30 days) before being available to you.

You must pay tuition, housing and other fees on the day you register for classes (after you arrive). You should plan to pay using cash, traveler's checks, a money order, a bank check drawn on a U.S. bank, or credit card (VISA, American Express or MasterCard). Checks and money orders should be made payable to Pace University. Do not plan to use foreign checks for these fees because the New York banks will hold your funds for 30 days and will charge a high processing fee. If you do not have an international credit card, you should bring enough traveler's checks to cover your expenses for the first several weeks in New York. (Do not travel with large amounts of cash.)


If you want to apply for housing but did not fill out the housing section of the ELI application, please contact the ELI office, and we will send or fax the application to you. You can also find the housing applications in the ELI Students page at

Please note housing is "first-come first-served", so we cannot guarantee you a room or a particular building unless you apply early.

If you have already applied for housing and want to confirm your reservation or ask about your contract, please contact the Pace University Housing Office.


Students may purchase a meal plan for the Pace cafeteria on campus. Note that the Pace cafeteria operates on an “a la carte” basis. You can either pay cash for the food you select or purchase a meal “card” worth a certain amount so that you don’t have to use cash. It is important to realize that the meal card does not entitle you to unlimited food (“all you can eat”) at each meal. You must pay for each food item as one does in a restaurant.

Students may also choose to prepare their own meals at their residence or eat out at local restaurants and diners.


All students in New York State are required by law to produce proof of immunizations for measles (rubella), German measles-rubella and mumps (MMR). If you plan to study for more than one semester, you will have to show proof of immunization. If you have immunization records, bring copies with you with your doctor's signature. If not, you can have a blood test here in the U.S. which will prove that you were immunized or that you had these diseases in childhood; however, you will have to pay for the test (about $70). If necessary, you can obtain these vaccinations at the Pace University Health Care Unit located in the Pace Plaza building. For more information, call the Health Care Unit at (212) 346-1600.


Do not leave your baggage unattended at any time. Upon arrival at the airport in the United States your luggage will be inspected, as well as your passport and I-20 or IAP-66. The following documents should be carried with you in person and NEVER left inside your checked baggage: your passport, I-20 or IAP-66 form, copies of your financial support documentation, and your admission letter.

As part of the regular inspection, the BCIS Officer will keep some pages of your I-20 or IAP-66, and return one page to you. If you have an IAP-66, you will be given the pink page. When the Form I-20 is returned to you, the BCIS Officer will stamp it with information about your arrival. Before you leave, look carefully at the documents returned to you. Make sure that the immigration officer stamped your date of entry.

Additionally, a small white card, the I-94 Arrival/Departure Record, will be stapled into your passport. (You will be charged $6.00 U.S. for the I-94). This card is very important because it notes the date you entered the USA, your status (F-1 or J-1) and how long you are allowed to stay in the USA. I-94 cards of F-1 and J-1 students will be marked "D/S" meaning Duration of Status. (D/S permits your stay in the U.S. while studying until the expiration date on your I-20 or IAP-66).


Taxicabs are always waiting at airport arrival areas. If you are going directly into Manhattan, there is a flat rate of $45.00 plus tip (this does not include tolls or bridges). The driver will expect a 15% gratuity.

You may also take the New York City subway to your destination in the 5 boros of New York.  The best way to search for train directions is to visit HopStop ( and enter your starting and finishing addresses.


Please note that all full-time international students (F-1 visa status) are automatically enrolled in the University’s international student health insurance program. The fee will automatically be added to your student invoice and must be paid with tuition.

International students in visa statuses other than F-1, J-1, or J-2 who may be part-time are also eligible to enroll in this plan. If you have comparable insurance coverage under another policy, you may be able to waive the Pace University international student health insurance. If you already have medical/accident insurance coverage, bring proof of coverage (a copy of the policy written in English). If it is equivalent to the policy carried by Pace, you will receive a refund of the insurance fee. Your policy must include a medical evacuation and repatriation clause.

To apply for a waiver, you must submit a completed Waiver Form and a copy of your current policy before the deadline for each term. These materials must be submitted to the ELI Admissions Office by the end of the second week of each session. The ELI Administrators will send the waivers to The Allen J. Flood Companies, Inc., where they will be reviewed by an insurance expert.

Please read separate information on insurance waiver carefully.
Like most U.S. insurance plans, the one offered by Pace does not cover dental or eye care needs. If you wear contact lenses or glasses, bring an extra pair with you.


New York has a varying climate with four distinct seasons:


Temperature Range in Degrees

Winter (December - March)

0 - 45 F (-18 to 7 C)

Spring (March - June)

40 - 70 F (4.5 to 21 C)

Summer (June - September)

50 - 90 F (10 to 32 C)

Fall (September - December)

30 - 70 F (-1 to 21 C)

The climate varies from severe heat in the summer to freezing cold in the winter. You will need rain gear all year round. Snow falls regularly during the winter months.

You should bring three basic types of clothing for this climate. For winter, heavy jackets or overcoats (goose down or wool), warm gloves, hats, scarves and waterproof shoes or boots are needed. For fall and spring, medium-weight wool coats or light jackets are recommended. For the spring and summer months, bring lightweight, cotton clothing.


Contact Information

Campus Information

English Language Institute (New York City Campus)
Pace University
163 William St, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038

TEL: (212) 346-1562
FAX: (212) 346-1301

Administrative Staff Information

Brian Hickey, University Director
(Westchester Campus)
861 Bedford Road, Willcox Hall
Pleasantville, New York 10570
Tel:(914)773-3820 Fax: (914)773-3822

Lisa Kraft, Director of ELI New York City
163 William St, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
Tel: (212)346-1185 Fax: (212)346-1301

Daniel Lenkowsky,  Senior Admissions & Student Life Coordinator
163 William St, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
Tel: (212)346-1799 Fax: (212)346-1301

Sukyun Lee, Academic Coordinator
163 William St, 21st Floor
New York, NY 10038
Tel: (212)346-1675 Fax: (212)346-1301