CAP Cohort Model

In March 2012, the ELI implemented several new components to the Conditional Admissions Program (CAP); these enhancements are known as the “CAP Cohort Model.” In this model, students are organized into cohorts (i.e., small groups). All CAP/Pre-CAP students will be members of small cohorts of 5-8 students of mixed nationalities.

Learn more about the CAP Cohort Model:



The purpose of the CAP Cohort Model is:

  • To help students to develop strong bonds of trust among fellow cohort members
  • To provide a more seamless transition to full-time university life
  • To ensure that the linguistic, academic, and cross-cultural skills that are developed at the ELI will continue to be used by the students throughout their entire academic career

How will the CAP Cohort Model help students?

The University of Delaware wants to lead the nation in making our CAP students’ college experience to be successful, happy, and transformative. To this end, our CAP Cohort Model will help students to:

  • Develop study skills well-suited to US higher education;
  • Participate actively in college classrooms and in campus life;
  • Develop academic thinking skills;
  • Become extensive readers;
  • Work closely with advisors to chart their path to successfully completing their degree;
  • Understand the meaning and importance of academic honesty; and
  • Avoid culture shock and homesickness.

By learning these skills, CAP students can overcome obstacles to academic and social success while studying at the university level.

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. We invite you to watch our video to learn more about the CAP Cohort Weekend Retreat!


| Back to top |

Which students must enroll in the CAP Cohort Model?

Students beginning their ESL studies as of March 5, 2012 and in one of the following categories will be required to participate in the CAP Cohort Model:

  • Students who have obtained a conditional admission to the University of Delaware or to any of our partner universities or colleges at the undergraduate or graduate level (i.e., “CAP students”);
  • Students who have applied for conditional admission to the  University of Delaware or to any of our partner universities or colleges at the undergraduate or graduate level (i.e., “Pre-CAP students”); and
  • Students who plan to attend university after completing their ESL coursework (optional).

| Back to top |

More information


Apply now


Comments are closed