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Intensive English Program

Whether you study English to improve your academic success, achieve your career goals, or simply improve your life, ELI's course of study can help. Learn the essentials of grammar and writing; improve listening, speaking, and pronunciation skills; and enhance your vocabulary through reading.

With the help of an advisor, you can create your own program of study by choosing from a menu of courses. F-1 students must enroll in a minimum of 18 hours per week (4 Intensive English classes).

The ELI offers Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Upper Intermediate level courses. It may take 7 or 14 weeks to complete each level (6 or 12 weeks in the summer terms).

Flexible Study Options

Summer 2022 Intensive English Classes will be held on-campus in New York City and Westchester, as well as Online (HyFlex*).

Note that proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an approved exemption is required for all on-campus students at the New York City and Westchester campuses. This requirement is only to access the university’s physical campuses; online only students are not subject to this requirement. View upload instructions and other important information, including how to request an extension or exemption.

*Our Online Intensive English courses are delivered in a HyFlex model. In this model, the course is taught both on-campus and online at the same time by the same faculty member. The instructor will be in the classroom and teaching on-campus students while simultaneously live-streaming to remote students.


Our Intensive English program features multiple levels of instruction. The results of your online placement exam and academic advisement meeting will determine the level you attend at our institute.

Course Descriptions

  • Improve conversational fluency and listening comprehension. This class focuses on communicating ideas in English. Audio, video and reading materials are used for conversation topics and for developing listening skills.

    Hours/week: 5 hours
    Length: 6 weeks during summer sessions, 7 weeks during fall and spring sessions

  • Learn grammar in the context of your own writing and through controlled exercises from the textbook. Learn how to correct your mistakes and improve your writing by editing and revising your papers.

    Hours/week: 5 hours
    Length: 6 weeks during summer sessions, 7 weeks during fall and spring sessions

  • Learn different reading strategies and skills to increase vocabulary and reading comprehension. Read a variety of newspaper and magazine articles, novels and stories, and academic texts to learn how to apply these strategies and skills.

    Hours/week: 4 hours
    Length: 6 weeks during summer sessions, 7 weeks during fall and spring sessions

  • Develop the informal language and stylistic features needed for social interaction with their classmates and for a deeper understanding of their professors. The course focuses on interactions and language that is found in university lectures, materials and classroom/campus situations.

    Special emphasis is on learning the key differences in formal versus informal language use, vocabulary (idiomatic expressions, phrasal verbs, slang) and how language is used to express sarcasm and humor in American culture.

    This course is available during fall sessions.

    Hours/week: 4 hours
    Length: 6 weeks during summer sessions, 7 weeks during fall and spring sessions

  • Gain insight into American culture, practice and acquire English by viewing and analyzing different genres of film and other audio-visual based media. You will use learning strategies and methods to gain insight into cultural norms in the United States, acquire vocabulary, practice pronunciation, listen more attentively, engage in discussion and write reviews.

    This course is available during spring sessions.

    Hours/week: 4 hours
    Length: 7 weeks during spring sessions

  • This course is designed for students who wish to improve their overall ability to speak publicly in English in classrooms, meetings, presentations and formal situations. You will view good and poor examples of public speaking, analyze them, and learn what makes a good public speaking performance and practice each of those skills individually and as a whole.

    This course is available during summer sessions.

    Hours/week: 4 hours
    Length: 6 weeks during summer sessions

  • This online integrated English skills course is specifically designed for students with advanced beginner and pre-intermediate levels of English. Through live small group lessons Monday-Friday and additional independent, self-paced work, students will gain the necessary skills to speak and write more confidently in social and academic settings. This course includes grammar and writing, conversation and listening, reading and vocabulary, pronunciation, and more.

    Hours/week: 4 hours
    Length: 6 weeks during summer sessions, 7 weeks during fall and spring sessions

The ELI courses are taught by outstanding teachers who helped me adjust to American culture more quickly, get more out of my academic courses, and learn about the cultures of students from all over the world.

Guzal R., Uzbekistan


  • Diverse student population
  • Personalized schedule based on your proficiency level
  • Professional faculty
  • Interactive classes
  • Academic advisement
  • Full use of University facilities
  • Certificate available by request

Registration and Fees

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

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For more information, please contact the English Language Institute. You may also schedule a visit to campus or an online meeting.

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