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A Pre-Graduate English program student studying online with us shares how she and her classmates connect in their online classes, learn from each other, and work together!

-Carmella, Italy

Student talking about her experience at the ELI Westchester Campus in White Plains, New York

-Amelia, Germany

Student talking about his experience living in New York City and studying at the ELI New York City campus in New York, NY

-Tomasz, Poland

Student talking about his experience at the ELI in Arabic at the ELI Westchester Campus in White Plains, New York

-Saif, Saudi Arabia

Students talking about their experience at the ELI in French and Português at the ELI Westchester Campus in White Plains, New York

-Maude, France, and Isadora, Brazil

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-Coco and Lynn, China

FileIntroducing the English Language Institute

-Gloriana, Costa Rica, and Shan, China

FileStudent talking about his experience at the ELI New York City Campus

-Dimitrios, Cyprus

File Student talking about her experience at the ELI in New York

- Jenny, Korea


Fulbright Scholar Gloriana talking about her experience in the Pre-Graduate English program at the ELI New York City campus in New York, NY

- Gloriana, Costa Rica

Tomoki Saito, Japan

“The assistant director, Daniel kindly helped me when I had some troubles, so I didn't feel anxiety.   I could ask him anything comfortably. In addition, he offered us some activities. I joined several activities like downtown tour, pumpkin painting, Thanksgiving party and so on. It was good opportunity to know American cultures and to speak English with native English speakers. Moreover, all of my professors were amazing. They prepared classes well, so I could enjoy and improve my English skill effectively.

A lot of people who come from various countries are in NYC. The students also come from some countries, therefore the English spoken in classes and in the city is various. If you can get used to listening such English, it will be your strength.”


-Tomoki, Japan

Alexandra Mukobenova, Russia

Alexandra was an Au Pair student who took a Saturday Intensive Course for Au Pairs on "Child Psychology". 

“Thank you very much for this cognitive and topical course for Au pairs!   I really enjoyed it, and I got a lot of important information for me about how to contact and improve my work with children. Mrs. Tara A. Vassallo is a wonderful instructor! She was very well prepared for the course, the class was very interesting and informative! We immersed ourselves in children's psychology, learned how to better interact with our host children. Ms. Tara is very responsive and pleasant woman, she gave us a lot of advice, and said that if we have questions we can always get advice from her! I am very glad that I was able to pass this course!”

-Alexandra Mukobenova, Russia

Emiko Takagi, Japan“I feel to study in ELI is great experience. Professors and classmates are serious to study so I can focus on studying English in academic environment. To be with students of Pace University in the same campus is also nice. To join the ELI is one of the unforgettable experience in New York City life.”

-Emiko Takagi, Japan

Yan Chen, China"I like ELI because everyone here is very friendly and help me a lot with my class and my academic plan. I set my plan for English study and academic goals by ELI officers' help once I started my study here.  Also, Daniel always organizes fun activities for us to know the city. Besides, I saved a lot of money from getting the movie tickets from ELI office. That is very thoughtful for us.  NY is the best place to get accustomed to America fast.

For me, I love my 092E (Social English in U.S. Academic Culture) class most. My English speaking has improved a lot in (this) class, I think. I never feel bored in this class because our professor is knowledgeable and very, very humorous. I think her class is the best place to know America, NYC, and New Yorkers. Without her help, I will never know to be an English humorist and how important of learning the culture when you study a new language. "

-Yan Chen, China

Nicole was an Au Pair student who took a Saturday Intensive Course for Au Pairs on "Public Relations".  

“Thanks for an again very positive and extensive feedback about my essay. It is very pleasant to get such a detailed feedback since in Switzerland you will get at best a response with two sentences. I have actually the impression that the professors here are in general way more motivated and dedicated to teach their students than the Swiss ones – they could definitely learn a thing or two from their American counterparts.

I really enjoyed the classes. Those classes do not only look good in my CV, I actually also learned things that I can really use (haha, I know, it totally paid off!). My host family owns Viacom and I now have some more intelligent things I can contribute when we discuss business, so I already benefit from it.  I’m glad I found those courses and had an enjoyable way to get some of my required credits.”

Nicole Thommen, Switzerland

Study abroad students from Germany:

"The course Business Negotiation Skills held exactly what was promised and teased in the name of the course, and with the limited time of 10 weeks of lecture time, I feel like I got to know the maximum amount of beginners’ knowledge to this topic."

"Thank you for everything you did. It has been such a great pleasure and I am thankful for every class we had. I have never had a better teacher in my life!"

“I really liked how Mrs. Jones worked with us and really liked her as a person. The course was very interesting and it was fun being part of it.”

“My English skills improved and learning outcome was enormous! Thank you :)!”

After working for nine years within IT I decided to make a change in my life and go to business school in New York. The major doubt I held towards my new objective was my absence from the academic world with all its elements and the restraint that is required for becoming a top student once again.

The diversity of nationalities and individuals at ELI created an atmosphere that gave me the preparation and insight in the American academic culture that I needed. My time at ELI not only gave me a lot of valuable contacts and friends but also strengthened my self-confidence. The ELI institution together with its entire faculty is extremely supportive and they will push you to reach the high standards that are required for an academic success.

- Stefan Lindberg, Sweden

"I spent two semesters at ELI and I would say that was one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life. ELI proved to be very successful for me because after the completion of my courses I received very high results on both exams. I befriended so many people at Pace and the interesting thing is that the students in my class were very diversified coming from countries from all over the world. ELI is a great choice for international students who need to improve their English language while spending some time in the center of the world – New York City"

- Dimitar Petrov, Bulgaria

"I think that Pace ELI has the best circumstance to learn English because every class has the proper capacity. I could have a lot of opportunities to use my English in my classes. And all ELI teachers are super!! They are brilliant, kind, and nice people. Because I took very nice ELI classes, I do not have any problems with my Pace undergraduate programs. I love Pace ELI and teachers. If you choose Pace ELI, you should be a great English learner. I guarantee."

- JaeKyoon Kim, South Korea

"I really have great memories of the time I have spent at the English Learning Institute of Pace University. The teachers were wonderful with the students, and passionated by their job. I have learned a lot and at the same time, I had a lot of fun. If you want to learn English, this is the place to go!"

- Amandine Delangue, France

"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 Rasulova, Uzbekistan

"Pace ELI classes are fun and filled with active participation. ELI teachers have a deep understanding of international students like me. They know what I want to learn and help me to have the confidence to express my thoughts and feelings in English."

- Ji. Young Chae, Korea

"In a short time, Pace's ELI courses facilitated my integration not only into Pace University, but also into American city life."

- Sandrine Ledoux, New Caledonia

"To go from a Russian university to an American MBA program is a big jump. The educational systems are so different. The ELI Pre-MBA Program is an introduction to the American MBA. It gave me essential presentation skills and taught me how to write a research paper and do a case analysis. And, it made me speak and think critically in English."

- Igor Kuznetsov, Russia

"I didn't speak a word of English when I came to the States. Within six months of studying in the ELI, I was able to understand, speak, and write English. In fact, my American friends are amazed when they find out I wasn't born here. Now I am attending Pace University as an undergraduate student. The ELI has made my dream come true."

- Cecilia Li, Venezula

"ELI's activities are organized to help you feel comfortable in that great but foreign city. Activities like visiting other campuses or going to the theater enable students to get closer with classmates and meet other students."

- Zeynep Inanc, Turkey

"I want to thank ELI for the great experience I had at Pace during the ELI Summer courses. I have improved my English because of the perfect organization and all the activities. I met fantastic people of different countries

- Michele Gori, Italy

"I want to thank you for the organization of this summer program. My son is very happy with the classes and has already found some friends. It is a real nice experience for foreign students to be part of this famous University and to learn English."

- Isabelle Laroque