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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 only 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 >
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 curriculum
How do CAP students advance through the program? Which courses do they take?
There 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.
How long does it take to complete CAP?
The duration of 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 CAP activities.
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):
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.
Upcoming Session Dates
Academic Year 2020-2021
|Application Deadline*||Orientation Dates**||Start Date||End Date||Weeks|
|Session 2 2020|
|September 21||October 21-22||October 26||December 18||7|
|Session 3 2021|
|November 30, 2020||January 4, 2021||January 4, 2021||February 19, 2021||7|
|Session 4 2021|
|January 25||February 25-26||March 1||April 23||8|
|Session 5 2021|
|March 29||April 29-30||May 3||June 25||8|
|Session 6 2021|
|June 1||July 1-2||July 6||August 20||7|
Price for Academic Year 2020-2021
The following pricing is for each session (2 months) of study:
|Item||In Person Price||Online Price|
|Tuition||US$ 4,667||US$ 4,667|
|Room and food (estimate)||2,400||—|
|Student Wellness fee||176||—|
|Total estimated fees (2 months)||US$ 7,798||US$ 4,917|
- All prices are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice.
- Academic year 2020-2021 prices are valid for each session attended from August 24, 2019 to August 20, 2021.
- The Student Wellness fee is lower for Session 5 ($132) and Session 6 ($88).
- 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.
Some additional fees may apply, including:
|Express Mail fee: $35||
|Airport Transfer fee: $50 – $90||
|Late Orientation/Arrival fee: $100||
|Late Housing fee: $100||
|Late Payment fee: $50||