Conditional Admission Program | English Language Institute

The BIOMS-CAP is a joint program of the University of Delaware Interdisciplinary Program in Biomechanics and Movement Science and the University’s English Language Institute (ELI). The Biomechanics and Movement Science Conditional Admissions Program (BIOMS-CAP) is a program for international students who would like to obtain a graduate degree from the BIOMS Program at the University of Delaware who also seek english language instruction. The program provides international students [whose native language is not English] with an opportunity to be accepted into the BIOMS program without taking the TOEFL. Instead, students will enroll in the English Language Institute before beginning any BIOMS coursework. This provides CAP students with the opportunity to improve in the English language and develop important skills necessary for success in the BIOMS graduate program.

The length of time required for enrollment in the ELI prior to beginning BIOMS coursework is different for each student. It depends entirely on the student’s English skills when he or she arrives (i.e., more advanced students will require less time in the ELI) and on the student’s willingness to work hard to improve his or her English skills. The ELI has six levels of English courses, where Level I is for beginners and Level VI is for the most advanced students. The following scale shows the estimated periods of time that students will require in the ELI, depending on their initial placement:

  • Level I (Absolute Beginner): 12-16 months
  • Level II (High Beginner): 10-14 months
  • Level III (Intermediate): 8-10 months
  • Level IV (High Intermediate): 6-8 months
  • Level V (Advanced): 4-6 months
  • Level VI (High Advanced): 2-4 months

Students can apply to the BIOMS program online through the UD Office of Graduate and Professional Education website. Once you have completed your online application, notify Laurie Fuhrmann at


1. No TOEFL Requirement
Instead of taking the TOEFL, the student will be required to pass the most advanced levels of the English for Academic Purposes program. Each student must achieve a grade of at least “B+” in order to fulfill the language requirement.

2. Postponed GRE Exam
Normally, those who apply to the BIOMS graduate program must submit adequate Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores before being reviewed for admission. Admittedly, the GRE can be very difficult for some native English speakers; and even more challenging for those with limited English skills. Applications for conditional admission through BIOMS-CAP are reviewed without the GRE scores. In doing so, each student is then able to begin mandated ELI coursework to improve English skills. After all coursework is completed in the CAP program, the student must earn a minimum recommended GRE score of 1050 before enrollment in BIOMS courses may begin.

3. Practical Courses for BIOMS Preparation
All students in advanced levels at ELI will have the option of enrolling in the course English for Academic Purposes. This program focuses on teaching students skills needed to succeed in US graduate programs; for example, presentation, note-taking, writing, research, and critical thinking skills. Students will be required to pass all coursework with a grade of at least a “B+” in each course (not an overall average score). After all requirements have been met, students may enroll in BIOMS-specific courses.

4. Period of Adjustment Before Beginning BIOMS Coursework
Since BIOMS-CAP students begin their studies on the University of Delaware campus at ELI, they are given the time they need to become familiar with resources available at an American university and be accustomed to campus life. Challenges such as homesickness, culture shock, and the need for housing can be dealt with before the students actually begin their BIOMS coursework, where such distractions (especially when compounded with possible barriers to communication) can be detrimental. By beginning their university experience at the ELI, the students are in a comfortable, supportive environment, surrounded by faculty and advisors who have vast experience and success in helping students fulfill their academic dreams.