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English Language Institute

Pre-Graduate Program (New York City)

Many international students want to study for graduate degrees in the U.S., but are concerned about their English proficiency and cultural differences. Success in an American graduate school requires a special set of skills. The Pre-Graduate Program helps you prepare for the American graduate school experience. The Pre-Graduate Program is the only one of its kind in New York City. Students begin to prepare for their MBA or other graduate degrees by learning the skills for academic success.

In the Pre-Graduate Program you will learn to:

  • Participate actively in group discussions
  • Work on team projects
  • Conduct library and internet research
  • Organize American-style research papers
  • Apply internet skills to class projects
  • Deliver sophisticated, clear, and confident presentations
  • Listen effectively and take notes during an academic lecture
  • Read for accuracy, meaning, and speed

Our experienced instructors use innovative, student-centered methods to teach. Learn the academic skills that you will use in graduate school so you can become an active member of an American graduate program. The classes are small, so you can receive the attention you deserve.

All students in the Pre-Graduate program can use Pace University's library and computer lab facilities.  In the multimedia lab, you can practice their skills with TOEFL and GMAT preparation software.

Every student receives assistance on their graduate application materials from the Pre-Graduate Advisor.

Course Descriptions

The Pre-Graduate Program is a 12-(Summer) or 14-(Spring/Fall) week program. Students choose from the courses listed below and from other available courses. ELI F-1 students and Pre-Masters students must enroll in 18 hours per week.

Pre-Graduate Academic Skills:

5 hours/week. Learn the critical thinking, research, and writing skills needed in an American graduate school. Work on projects taken from American business and culture. Guest lectures given by graduate school professors and business professionals enable you to perfect your new skills.

Pre-Graduate Communication Skills:

5 hours/week. Learn and practice skills for group discussions and class presentations. Work on real graduate projects, and use your new skill to organize, research, and deliver professional presentations.

Pre-Graduate Academic Reading Skills:

4 hours/week. Improve reading, writing and critical thinking skills necessary for success in an American University. The focus of this course is on reading and high order critical thinking skills (analysis, synthesis, interpretation, evaluation, and application) with a minor emphasis on writing as a measure of assessment.

Case Studies

4 hours/week. This course focuses on the case study method, the dominant tool for teaching in MBA programs. Solve logistical and ethical problems taken from the real world, learn how to analyze the problems individually and in groups, make decisions and present your solutions to the class. These skills are essential to succeed in business school.

American Business Culture

4 hours/week. Learn the values and customs of American business life through class activities, guest speakers, films, internet research and team presentations. The class focuses on teamwork to solve business problems and present solutions as a group.


  • Small interactive class
  • Professional native English speaking faculty
  • Academic and university application advisement
  • Certificate available by request
  • Full use of University facilities

Tuition Fees

After taking a placement test, an academic counselor will help you create a program that meets your needs.  The total tuition fee depends on the courses you choose for your program. F-1 students and Pre-Masters student must enroll in 18 class hours per week. Some students may take more than 18 hours. Tuition for Pre-Graduate Academic Skills and Communication Skills includes academic counseling.

View the English Language Institute tuition fees.


Please note that the English Language Institute only accepts online Form I-20 applications for our Intensive and Pre-Academic English programs.



Graduate Admission at Pace University

The TOEFL requirement will be waived for students who successfully complete the Pre-Graduate program (for prospective Pace Graduate students only) and are academically qualified for Seidenberg School of Computer Science & Information Systems.

ELI Students will apply to the Graduate Admission department before the completion of the Pre-Graduate program.  Students interested in applying to the Dyson College of Arts & Sciences or Lubin School of Business Graduate degree programs are required to take an additional semester of English instruction to receive the TOEFL waiver.

While attending ELI, students can receive assistance with graduate applications. An advisor will review the following documents:

  • Completed application for errors
  • Personal essay
  • Resume

**The TOEFL waiver does not apply to students that have already been accepted to the Pace Global Pathways Program.

For more information, Please contact the English Language Institute at New York City Campus.

Phone: (212) 346-1562