Edge-ELI Summer Pre-College Program

Update 3/22/2017: This program will not be available to international students in 2017.

A college preparation program for international students

For 30 years, the University of Delaware has offered Edge, a challenging summer academic program for talented high school students in the US. In 2014, the Edge program partnered with the English Language Institute (ELI) to offer international students as “Edge-ELI.”

Learn more about Edge-ELI:



Edge-ELI: The summer college program for international students!

Program Features

The Edge-ELI program prepares high school students for success at the university level by emphasizing:

  • Academic excellence
  • Practical skill-building
  • Student leadership
  • Development of their English skills

Edge-ELI offers students the challenge, independence, and excitement of a living and learning experience that can only be found at a top national university.

In Edge-ELI, international students will:

  • Live with Americans in dormitories on the university campus (the American students will also be participating in the Edge program)
  • Take one university-level course, taught by UD faculty, to earn up to four transferable university credits
  • Take one English course each day to develop their Listening/Speaking skills
  • Participate in workshops to learn about university resources, writing and research techniques, and the college application process
  • Complete a blog-based capstone project on service and leadership
  • Visit various cultural and historical locations in Delaware and the surrounding region (past locations have included New York City and Baltimore)
  • Participate in cultural activities with international students from at least 30 different countries.

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University courses

Edge-ELI students can choose one of the following university courses:

  • Biology 207-030: Introductory Biology I
  • Chemistry 103-030: General Chemistry
  • Communication 330-030: Communication and Interpersonal Behavior
  • Economics 152-030: Introduction to Macroeconomics: The National Economy
  • English 210-030: Introduction to the Short Story
  • Philosophy 204-030: World Religions
  • Entrepreneurship 350-030: Introduction to Entrepreneurship

For full information about each course, including descriptions, faculty, and schedules, click here.

ELI Courses

Edge-ELI students will also take an advanced Listening/Speaking course each day at the ELI, choosing one course out of a variety of subjects, such as:

All Edge-ELI students must take an English placement exam when they arrive in Delaware in order to determine which course they are able to take. The courses listed above are in the High Intermediate and Advanced levels at the ELI (levels IV, V, and VI). The specific courses listed here are examples, and they may not be offered each session; however, the ELI always offers a variety of interesting upper-level courses.

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Workshops and Capstone Project

In addition to the university course and the ELI course, the Edge-ELI program engages students with weekly workshops designed to help them to develop practical skill sets. These workshops serve as components of a larger, mandatory pass/fail capstone assignment that will combine the student’s practical expertise, creative talents, and social media skills.

The Edge Scholar Workshop

The Edge Scholar Workshop series is designed to prepare students for the rigorous process of both applying for university and using university resources effectively. Workshops cover a variety of subjects, including:

  • Library and Multimedia Services
  • College 101 – How to Choose an American University
  • Community and Communication
  • Academic Enrichment
  • Career Services
  • Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering
  • University Admissions Process


The Edge Scholar Capstone Project

The Edge Scholar Capstone Project is a multimedia-based assignment designed to integrate all of the practical skills and knowledge communicated to students in the Edge Scholar Workshop series during the 5-week session. The project is divided into two parts: an individual Tumblr journal and a group-based Prezi presentation.

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Admissions Information

Admissions Requirements

Students must meet the following admissions requirements in order to apply for the Edge-ELI program:

  • Age: Students must be 16-17 years old and still in high school
  • Academics: Students must have a history of strong academic performance
  • English proficiency: Students must have an advanced level of English to participate (see required documents below for information about test scores)


Admissions Process

Application deadline: Applicants must submit all required documents before May 1.

Pay application fee: Pay this non-refundable fee with a credit card using our secure online payment system.

Required documents: All of the following documents must be submitted before the deadline:

Item Comments
The Edge-ELI International Application
One letter of recommendation Includes:

  • Section 10 on the application form
  • A confidential letter about you (in English)

Both documents must be submitted to the ELI directly by the recommender (the applicant cannot see the letter).

Official high school transcript The official record of all of the grades you earned at your high school
Proof of English level Official score on one of the following exams:

  • TOEFL: 75 (IBT), 500 (PBT)
  • IELTS: 6.0
  • European Common Framework: C1
Bank statement Must be in English (or bilingual, including English) and show at least US $7,550 (or the equivalent in your home country’s currency)
Letter of sponsorship
Passport A copy of the biographic page (with your name, birth date, etc.)

How to submit the documents: Documents can be submitted in either of the following ways:

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Program Dates

Update 3/22/2017: This program will not be available to international students in 2017.


Price – Summer 2016

The following is the estimated cost of attendance for the Edge-ELI program:

Program price: $7,032
Accommodations on campus
Meals (14 meals per week)
Health center and insurance
Airport pick-up and drop-off
Additional Expenses:
Additional meals (estimate) $390
Books (estimate) $300
Application fee* waived
Express mail fee* waived
TOTAL US$ 7,722

Prices are in US dollars and are subject to change without notice.

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Immunizations, Medical Requirements, and Health Insurance

Please click here to learn about the immunizations and medical tests required in order to participate in the Edge-ELI program.

Please click here to learn about the health insurance requirement.


Ask a Question about Edge-ELI

Thank you for your interest in Edge-ELI! We are happy to answer your questions. Please complete the form below. You will receive a response by email within 1-2 business days.


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