Graduate Pathways Program



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Academic and linguistic preparation for graduate degrees!

UD Graduate Pathways at the English Language Institute is your pathway to success in participating master’s or doctoral programs!

Graduate Pathways is an intensive, one-semester (4-month) program for international students who are conditionally admitted to a participating UD graduate program and who are approaching the language proficiency required for matriculation.


Improve and Develop Graduate-Level Skills

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  • One-semester program includes ESL courses, a graduate academic course, a cohort program in essential skills for success in graduate school, advising, and individual tutoring.
  • No TOEFL/IELTS score is needed after completion of Pathways (before matriculation to the graduate program)
  • Offered every Fall
  • Some departments may require GRE scores: additional GRE-focused tutoring is available
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University credits

Earn three credits towards your graduate degree or complete a prerequisite course for your graduate program.

Excellent value

Integrate with your academic department and your fellow graduate students.

Resources for student success

Receive support in language, study skills, reading, and writing every week during the graduate course. Whether studying online or on campus, Graduate Pathways students have many resources to help them be successful: University student and faculty mentors, academic advisors, private tutoring, and more.

Academic skill development

Learn how to read and write specifically in your field, deliver presentations, participate in discussions, understand lectures, and communicate with faculty and peers.

Genuine university experience

Enjoy the ELI’s cultural and academic programming.

English for Academic Purposes

Participate in ESL courses designed for the needs of international graduate students.


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

As an ELI Graduate Pathways candidate, you must meet the following coursework requirements before you continue with your graduate degree program:

  • Earn a grade of B or higher in a designated ELI Level 6 Listening/Speaking course for graduate students, and
  • Earn a grade of B or higher in a designated ELI Level 6 Reading/Writing course for graduate students, and
  • Earn a grade of B or higher in the ELI Cohort co-curricular class.
  • Earn a grade of B or higher in a graduate class selected by your graduate department.

Cohort Classes

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 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 >

For Graduate Students Online or on campus

Graduate Pathways is available only to students conditionally admitted to certain graduate programs (i.e., master’s or doctoral) who are close to the required language proficiency. Courses may be taken online or on-campus, depending on whether the graduate academic course is offered online.

If you are not yet ready for Graduate Pathways or if you are interested in a different graduate program, enroll in the Graduate Conditional Admissions Program. | Learn more about Graduate CAP>

Upcoming Program Dates

Academic Year 2024

Orientation dates Semester dates
Fall 2024
August 21-23, 2024 August 26 - December 13, 2024
  • Students may begin Graduate Pathways Program in Fall each year.
  • The semester lasts 4 months.
  • Students are expected to arrive on time for the program start. Students who do not arrive on time will not be permitted to begin/resume their studies during that semester (and this can result in a loss of their visa status). For more information, contact

Price for Academic Year 2024

The following pricing is for each semester (4 months) of study:

Item In-Person Price Online Price
Tuition US$ 10,043 US$ 10,043
Room and food (estimate) 4,800
All mandatory fees 1,212
Books (estimate) 300 300
Total estimated fees (4 months) US$ 16,355 US$ 10,343
  • All prices are in U.S. dollars and are subject to change without notice.
  • The academic year 2024 prices are effective from August 21, 2024.
  • 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.

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Start your journey  today!

Please follow these instructions:

  1. Select a UD program that participates in Graduate Pathways.
  2. Complete the UD Graduate Application process: Submit your application, supporting documents and required test scores.
  3. Indicate on the Graduate Application that you would like to be considered for conditional admission! 
  4. Once a complete application has been received, it can take 6-8 weeks to receive an admissions decision.
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