Since 1988, the PreMBA program has aimed to prepare international students for admission and successful study in competitive American MBA programs.

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Program Duration

The Pre-MBA program is comprised of four courses at Level VI: two reading/writing courses and two listening/speaking classes. Only one R/W and one L/S course may be taken per session. As a result, the Pre-MBA takes two ELI sessions (approximately four months) to complete.

A Pre-MBA certificate will be awarded to students who complete all four courses and earn grades of B+ in each of the four courses. MBA-CAP students must meet these requirements to start university classes.

IMPORTANT: Students must take a placement exam when they arrive at the ELI to determine their English level. Only students in Level VI (our highest level) can enroll in this program.

PreMBA Workshops and Services


  • Resume Writing Critical and Analytical Thinking
  • How to read the Wall Street Journal

Additional services

  • Two visits to area corporations
  • Personal counseling on MBA program choice
  • Application preparation and application essay revision
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Tutoring for GMAT or GRE



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