Before beginning their regular university coursework for their graduate (Masters or Doctoral) degree, CAP students must first satisfy certain English language and pre-academic requirements by studying at the ELI.
Special note: This page contains information about the requirements that graduate-level CAP (“grad-CAP”) students must meet in order to complete their ESL requirements and matriculate into full-time university study.
Grad-CAP students who follow the Business Track (ex: students in the MBA or in most other graduate Business programs) should click here to learn more about the requirements that are specific for their program.
If you are not sure which requirements that you need to meet in the CAP program, please contact the CAP Academic Advisement team at CAPadvisor@udel.edu.
CAP students must meet requirements in several categories, including:
- Courses and grades
- Additional requirements from the graduate department
- Final essay level
- Effort score
- CAP Cohort engagement score
- Academic Honesty
All of these requirements must be met in the CAP students’ final session in order for them to begin their full-time university coursework.
Resources for students
Many resources are made available at the ELI to help students to understand and to achieve the objectives of the program.
Students may also make an appointment with one of the CAP advisors for further assistance:
- Request an appointment with Erin Bastien, CAP Advisor
- Request an appointment with Karen Asenavage, Associate Director, Academic Programs
Grad-CAP students in the General Track must achieve the following grades in their Level VI Academic English courses:
|Academic English Courses
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Each of the above requirements must be met in the student’s final session.
Besides the requirements listed above, graduate CAP students must satisfy any other objective required by their graduate program as part of their conditional admission.
Usually, these objectives include exam scores for the GRE or GMAT exams; however, there may be other requirements for your admission, as well.
To verify whether you have other requirements for your conditional admission, check the acceptance letter that you received from your graduate program and/or contact the graduate department that gave you the conditional admission. You may also contact the CAP Admissions Team at CAPadmissions@udel.edu.
Remember, the ELI offers a GMAT/GRE Preparation class for Graduate CAP students every session.
All students take an essay at the end of each session to assess their writing skills. CAP students must achieve a minimum of level 6.5 (out of a maximum score of 7) during their final session at ELI.
Students must also prove their readiness for university study through showing consistently strong effort in their courses. This is done via attendance, participation, and enthusiasm in their courses. CAP students must achieve an effort score of 1 (excellent) or 2 (satisfactory) in their courses during their final session at ELI.
CAP Cohort Engagement Score
CAP students are required to successfully complete the CAP Cohort program before beginning their university coursework. This is measured via the “engagement score”–a measure of the student’s successful participation in their cohort activities.
The engagement score is measured on a scale of 1 (emerging engagement) to 6 (exceeding engagement).
To successfully complete the CAP Cohort Program, CAP students must follow the “3-2-1 Policy:” A CAP student must be enrolled in Cohort for 3 sessions, earn an engagement score of six 2 times, and 1 of the scores of 6 must be obtained while the student is in a Level VI class.
To complete Cohort with the second engagement score of 6 while in a Level VI class, students must also:
- Have an effort score of 1 or 2 in their Listening/Speaking and Reading/Writing courses;
- Have an average score of 73% or higher in Listening/Speaking; and
- Have an average score of 73% or higher in Reading/Writing.
All CAP and Pre-CAP students are required to live in the ELI Global Community or with a homestay family. These options provide many opportunities for students to practice their English, learn about American culture, and to develop relationships with Americans.
CAP students who do not obey the ELI housing requirement will lose their conditional acceptance to the university.
CAP students are required to attend at least 85% of their classes.
- In an 8-week session, CAP students cannot miss more than 12 classes.
- In a 7-week session, CAP students cannot miss more than 10 classes.
CAP students must understand and follow UD’s academic honesty policies in order to be recommended for matriculation. All students receive instruction on this subject within the English for Academic Purposes courses at the ELI.
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- English requirements for graduate CAP students – Business Track (nearly all areas of study related to Business Administration)
- Time needed to complete English courses
- English for Academic Purposes – description
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