Frequently Asked Questions

What are ELI's admission requirements?

That the student be at least 16 years old and have completed secondary school. (Customized programs can be designed for groups of younger students.

When can students enroll in ELI?

There are 7 entry dates. Students can enroll in September, November, beginning of January, end of January, March, June or July. There are two 7-week terms in the Spring and two 7-week terms in the Fall. There is a 3-week January term. In the summer, there are two 6-week terms for the Intensive, Pre-Undergraduate and Pre-Graduate programs.

How can students get into a Pace University degree program?

You can apply to a degree program even if you need to improve your English or if your TOEFL score is low, or if you have not taken TOEFL. If you are academically qualified (based on your high school or previous university record), you may be admitted on the condition that you enroll in the ELI program for one or two semesters. If you want to apply to a degree program, apply directly to the Offices of Undergraduate Admission or Graduate Admission. Do not apply to the English Language Institute.

How many students are in each ELI class?

The maximum for each class is eighteen students, but most classes have fewer than 15 students.

How are students placed?

Non-matriculated ELI students take a placement test administered by ELI. Academic advisors look over the placement tests and help students create an appropriate schedule. Students who have been accepted in a Pace degree program (matriculated) must take the University Placement Test before they register. These tests determine whether students must take ELI courses and also whether they can take any credit courses.

What does "matriculated" mean?

A matriculated student is one who has been officially accepted into a degree program. A non-matriculated student may take courses, but has not been accepted into a degree progam and is not a degree candidate.

What kind of training do the ELI instructors have?

Most of the instructors have master’s degrees in linguistics, English literature or teaching English. All have at least two years of experience teaching English to adults. Most of them have taught overseas.

What is the teaching method?

This is a serious academic program. Students are expected to attend class and complete all homework in order to pass the courses. The teaching method is content-based in the advanced level. Students use authentic materials to study various topics. At the lower levels, the method is communicative with integration of all skills and grammar. Speaking and active participation are encouraged in all courses.

What is an I-20? What is an F-1 (student) visa?

An I-20 is an official document issued by a school. It certifies that the student has been accepted into a full-time program at that school and that the student has submitted documented proof of having sufficient funds to pay for his/her educational program. The school does not issue visas. The student takes the I-20 to the American consulate or embassy in his/her country and uses it to apply for a student (F-1) visa. The visa is used only to enter the United States.

What is full-time study (required for F-1 students)?

Students studying English full-time must enroll in at least 18 hours of class per week. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, so students have plenty of time for sightseeing and other activities.

Is housing available for ELI students?

Yes. Housing is available for full-time ELI students (16-20 hours per week). In New York City, in the Fall and the Spring, students are placed in the St. George Residence in Brooklyn Heights, ten minutes by subway from the New York City Campus. (The dormitory is reserved for students in degree programs.) In the summer, ELI students may live in the dormitory on campus or at the St. George.

What to expect from the New York City campus and the Westchester campus?

If you want to be right in the heart of the City, the New York City campus is the best campus for you. It is located in lower Manhattan near Wall Street. All the subway and bus lines run nearby. You can get to Greenwich Village, SoHo or Midtown in ten minutes. Tribeca is a five-minute walk away. It is a typically urban campus with two large buildings right next to the Brooklyn Bridge. There is no grass.

If you are seeking an open campus surrounded by nature, the Pleasantville campus may be for you. Pleasantville, a small town just 50 minutes by train from Grand Central Station, offers a safe, attractive place to study and live. Many hiking or riding trails and biking paths are available nearby. Pleasantville and nearby towns are rich with cultural attractions such as the Jacob Burns Film Center and Media Lab, Rockefeller Preserve, Lyndhurst, Kykuit, and the Neuberger Museum of Art. You can find many restaurants close to campus. The Pleasantville campus offers a state of the art Fitness Center as well as comfortable residence halls. And if you occasionally crave the excitement of New York City, you can get there easily.

Does ELI provide certificates?

Yes, certificates of completion are prepared for full-time students. Students can also obtain an official University transcript, since the ELI courses are part of the University course offerings.