Graduate Conditional Admissions Program (Graduate CAP)



Grad students in Salil Lachke's Biological Sciences research group, training and working with undergraduate members of the team in their Wolf Hall lab.

Academic and linguistic preparation for students who will pursue a graduate degree!

Our Graduate Conditional Admissions Program (Graduate CAP) is for international students who want to pursue a graduate (master’s or doctorate) degree–but who need to improve their English skills first.

Through Graduate CAP, future graduate students can develop their academic English communication skills and the advanced research, writing, and presentation skills needed to be successful at the graduate level.

No TOEFL or IELTS exam score is required for Graduate CAP!

For Graduate Students Online or on campus

Graduate CAP is available to graduate (i.e., master’s or doctoral) students. Courses can be taken online or on campus.

Students who want to be conditionally-admitted to an undergraduate program can enroll in Academic Transitions, our pathway program. | Learn more about AT >

Students who are offered conditional admission to certain participating UD graduate programs (i.e., master’s or doctoral) and who are close to the required language proficiency can enroll in our Graduate Pathways program. |Learn more about Graduate Pathways >

How does Graduate CAP work?

Graduate CAP is comprehensive and rigorous. Although Graduate CAP is a challenging program, its design helps students to develop important knowledge, academic skills, and the ability to communicate in English at a professional level.

The Graduate CAP experience was created not only to help students to complete its curriculum successfully, but also to become high achievers in their graduate program–and beyond!

Levels and Placement

Graphic of Level steps for Grad CAP as described on this pageThere are 7 levels in Graduate CAP, from Basic* to high advanced. In most cases, students are expected to complete 1 level in 2 months.

When students arrive in Delaware, they take an English placement exam; this test will determine the student’s starting level at the ELI.

Graduate CAP students are expected to complete the highest level of English for Academic Purposes courses at the ELI before they can matriculate (i.e., begin full-time university study).

*Basic courses are not offered every session.

Program duration

How long does it take to complete Graduate CAP?

The duration of Graduate CAP is different for each student. It depends on the student’s English skills when they first arrive at the ELI and their willingness to work hard–practicing English all day, every day and participating wholeheartedly in Graduate CAP activities.

Matriculation requirements

What must Graduate CAP students do in order to begin full-time graduate studies?

Graduate CAP students are required to meet requirements related to the advancement of their English communication skills, the development of their interpersonal, social, and leadership skills, and their ability to engage in campus life.

There are different matriculation requirements for students (depending on their field of study):

  • Students who will pursue graduate programs that are not related to business must meet the requirements of the General Track
  • Students who will pursue graduate programs that are related to business (except Finance) must meet the requirements of the Business Track

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Graduate CAP Programs at UD

Many graduate programs at UD are nationally, or even globally, ranked. Join this intellectually, culturally and socially diverse educational community.

See all Graduate CAP programs at UD >


Comprehensive university preparation for graduate school

International students need more than just English courses to prepare for university. They must also develop the interpersonal, team-building, and leadership skills that are expected of students who participate in American courses.

To have a fulfilling university experience, it is important for international students to learn techniques to properly engage (i.e., become involved) in campus life and culture.

Cohort is an innovative curriculum that helps students to achieve these goals.

Learn more about Cohort >

Upcoming Session Dates

Academic Year 2023-2024

Aplication deadline Orientation dates Session dates
Session 1, 2023
July 24, 2023 August 23-25, 2023 August 28 – October 20, 2023
Session 2, 2023
September 19, 2023 October 19-20, 2023 October 23 – December 15, 2023
Session 3, 2024
December 4, 2023 January 2, 2024 January 3 – February 23, 2024
Session 4, 2024
January 29, 2024 February 29-March 1, 2024 March 5 – April 26, 2024
Session 5, 2024
April 1, 2024 May 2-3, 2024 May 7 – June 21, 2024
Session 6, 2024
May 27, 2024 June 27-28, 2024 July 2 – August 16, 2024
Session 1, 2024
July 22, 2024 August 21-23, 2024 August 27 – October 18, 2024
Session 2, 2024
September 16, 2024 October 17-18, 2024 October 22 – December 13, 2024

5Price for Academic Year 2024-2025

The following pricing is for each session (2 months) of study:

Item In Person Price Online Price
Tuition US$ 4,999 US$ 4,999
Room and food (estimate) 2,400
Health insurance 325
Books (estimate) 250 250
Student Wellness Fee 176
International Sevice Fee 90
Carpenter Sports Center Fee 25
Total estimated fees (2 months) US$ 8,265 US$ 5,249
  • All prices are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice.
  • Academic year 2023-2024 prices are effective from August 21, 2023.
  • The Student Wellness fee is lower for Session 5 ($132) and Session 6 ($88).
  • The International Service Fee supports essential services such as immigration advising, processing of documents, regulatory reporting, and other acculturation programs and resources. Additionally, it covers the cost of maintaining institutional compliance with U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and Department of Labor regulations.
  • Important note about insurance: All students who are not sponsored by a governmental organization are now required to purchase the ELI’s health insurance plan. Students may not purchase their own insurance policy to replace the ELI’s plan. Health insurance fees are non-refundable.
Additional fees

Some additional fees may apply, including:

Item Description
Express Mail fee: $65
  • The ELI charges a US $65 express mail fee to express mail documents to students who request paper copies. Students must pay this fee at the time that they submit their application to register for ELI programs.
Airport Transfer fee: $100 – $200
  • These fees must be paid if the ELI arranges transportation for the student from the Philadelphia International Airport to Newark, Delaware.
  • For questions, please contact
Late Orientation/Arrival fee$100
  • Students must pay this fee only if they miss one of the designated Orientation days. All students are required to attend all days of ELI Orientation, as marked on their acceptance letter and in the documents that the student will receive when they arrive for Orientation.
Late Housing fee: $100
  • Students must pay this fee only if they do not meet the ELI’s deadlines for arranging housing (as listed in their acceptance documents).
Late Payment fee: $50
  • Students must pay this fee if they do not pay the entire amount listed on their bill before the date written on the bill.

Start online now!

Graduate CAP courses can be taken online. Start your journey on your laptop and join us in Newark, Delaware when you are ready!

Note: Online programs include live, online classes via Zoom. You will need access to a laptop capable of running Zoom and a stable internet connection.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

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