Graduate CAP: Benefits

The Conditional Admissions Program (CAP) is an exciting opportunity for graduate students to prepare for success in their master’s or doctoral degree programs. In Graduate CAP, students focus on developing the advanced academic and communication skills that are expected in graduate programs at a top American university.

This page explains the great benefits that Graduate CAP students are able to enjoy while they are studying at the ELI.

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Benefits of Graduate CAP

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No TOEFL or IELTS exam required

In most cases, no TOEFL or IELTS exam score is required for conditional admission to a CAP partner university. Instead, CAP students satisfy their English requirements by successfully completing the academic English preparation courses and activities at the ELI.

Preparation for success in an American university

Through the ELI’s English for Academic Purposes program, CAP students develop many of the skills that are necessary for success in a U.S. university, such as research, critical thinking, and academic writing skills. This gives CAP students a distinct advantage over international students who do NOT enroll in a similar program!

Time to adjust before beginning graduate school

Since CAP students begin their studies at the ELI, they have time to become accustomed to life in the United States at an American university. Challenges such as homesickness and culture shock can be dealt with before the students actually begin their regular university coursework, where such distractions can be detrimental to their ability to succeed. By beginning their university experience at the ELI, the students will be in a comfortable, supportive environment, surrounded by faculty and advisors who have vast experience and success in helping students fulfill their academic dreams.

Building leadership and teamwork skills

All Graduate CAP students participate in a special “Cohort” program. They are placed in small groups (“cohorts”) of 5-10 students, and each group works together to overcome challenges, support each other, and develop academic, communication, leadership, and teamwork skills.

Developing strong bonds between members of each cohort is of critical importance for this program. In order to help the students to begin that process, the ELI organizes an initial weekend getaway (i.e., a retreat) during the students’ first session of study. This retreat will focus on team-building activities, helping the members of the cohort to get to know each other and to learn to support and encourage one another.

CAP Cohort Retreat

Shortly after students begin participating in the Cohort program, they will enjoy a weekend retreat. During the retreat, students participate in fun activities to bond with their teammates and learn how to work together to overcome challenges.

We invite you to watch the video below to learn more!

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