Graduate Conditional Admissions Program (Graduate CAP)


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

Graduate CAP is only available to graduate (i.e., master’s or doctoral) students. 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?

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 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.

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 (e.g., MBA, International Business, Finance, etc.) must meet the requirements of the Business Track


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 2020-2021

Application Deadline* Orientation Dates** Start Date End Date Weeks
Session 1 2020
July 26 August 26-28 August 31 October 23 8
Session 2 2020
September 21 October 21-22 October 26 December 18 7
Session 3 2021
November 30, 2020 December 31, 2020 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
Health insurance 305
Books (estimate) 250 250
Student health clinic fee (estimate) 176
Total estimated fees (2 months) US$ 7,729 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.
Additional fees

Some additional fees may apply, including:

Item Description
Express Mail fee: $35
  • This fee pays for the express mailing of documents to students, such as I-20 forms, Welcome Packages, etc.
  • Documents will automatically be sent via express mail (DHL or FedEx) unless the student specifically requests that the University of Delaware ELI use the US Postal Service or if a friend will pick up the documents on the student’s behalf.
  • Students must pay this fee at the time that they submit their application to register for ELI programs.
Airport Transfer fee: $50 – $90
  • These fees must be paid if the ELI arranges transportation for the student from the Philadelphia International Airport to Newark, Delaware.
  • Delaware Express (standard shuttle pick-up): Normally, the charge is $50; however, late-night pick-ups may cost $90. 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.

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