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Application and Admissions Policies

Please refer to the below policies while applying to the English Language Institute.

Application Documents

All documents submitted in support of an application for admission become the permanent possession of Pace University and cannot be returned to the applicant or photocopied for the applicant. For your records, please make photocopies of all materials submitted.

Application Period

The ELI will begin processing I-20s 5 months before a program start date. Applications received earlier than 5 months will be held until this date. The deadline to apply for an ELI Program as an initial student (outside the US and requiring an F-1 Visa interview) is 1 month before the first day of classes for the session you are applying to. Transfer students already in the US in active F-1 status may apply until 1 week before Orientation.

Incomplete Applications

Incomplete applications will be held for 3 months. After 3 months the application and all materials will be discarded.

Requests to Defer I-20s

For Students Whose Program Start Date is Within 5 Months of their Deferral Request

Students that are not able to receive their F-1 visa by the start date of their chosen Program are able to defer their I-20 to the next available program if the request is made within 5 months of their original program start date. Requests to defer I-20s must be made using the online I-20 Deferral Request site. Verbal requests over the phone or by email will not be accepted. Learn more about future program dates for ELI.

To fulfill a deferred I-20 request a student’s bank letter must still be within the 3 months it was issued by the bank. If it is older than 3 months a new bank letter must be sent to the ELI Admissions Office to process the new I-20.

For Students Whose Program Start Date is 5 Months or More from their Deferral Request

A new application, registration fee, and necessary application documents are required to receive a new I-20.

Mailing multiple I-20s via one Express mail envelope

The ELI Office will only mail multiple I-20s (up to 5) via one Express Mail parcel to Agents that have active Agent Recruitment Partner Agreements with the ELI. Any requests by unofficial ELI Agents or applicants for multiple I-20 packages to be mailed to one address by one express mail parcel will not be honored.

TOEFL/IELTS Scores for Admission

There is no requirement for the TOEFL/IELTS exam to apply to the ELI at Pace University. The ELI does not accept TOEFL/IELTS scores during the admissions procedure or to determine the proficiency of students. All students will take the ELI Placement Exam during their admissions process and before arriving on campus to determine their level of English in our program.

Minimum Age

The minimum age to enroll at the English Language Institute is 16 years old.

Placement Test

Requests for a second placement test during the application process

Upon request, an academic advisor may review a placement test and determine if an additional test is necessary.

Placement test policy for previously enrolled students returning to the ELI

Students who are not enrolled in the ELI program for more than one semester (3 months) must take the ELI placement test to re-enroll.

Placement test policy for returning non-enrolled students

Placement test results are valid for six months. Students who previously took a placement exam but did not enroll and decide to enroll at a later date (more than six months later) must re-take the ELI placement exam to determine current proficiency level.