University Preparation Programs


Here at the University of Delaware English Language Institute (ELI), we have developed a strong reputation for our university preparation programs. We specialize in providing comprehensive preparation for international students who plan to pursue their undergraduate (i.e., bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s or doctoral) degrees in the United States.

This means that some of our programs not only focus on Academic English development, but also developing the social skills, leadership skills, and academic skills that are necessary for a successful and well-rounded university experience.

We provide a wide variety of university preparation programs, including conditional admissions, a pathway program and graduate student preparation.

If you need a program recommendation, please contact the ELI Admissions Team.

Please see the information below to learn more about each of these programs:

Agents: Not sure which program to apply for?

Download our quick-reference form (pdf), for help choosing the best academic preparation program for your student.

Conditional Admissions/Pathway Programs

Conditionally-admitted students begin their studies at the ELI, where they improve their Academic English skills and develop the academic skills that are necessary for success at an American university. After they meet the requirements of their conditional admission at the ELI, these students can begin full-time university study. Best of all, no TOEFL or IELTS is ever required for conditional admission or for completion of the ELI program!

There are two programs for conditionally-admitted students at the University of Delaware ELI (see below).

Academic Transitions

The new pathway program for undergraduate students in which they can earn up to 28 university credits while improving their Academic English skills!

Graduate Conditional Admissions Program

University preparation for graduate students that specializes in the advanced research and communication skills needed to succeed in master’s and doctoral programs!

University Preparation without Conditional Admission

For students who are not conditionally admitted to a university program, we offer 2 academic preparation programs that prepare students for studies at an American university and that help them to improve their scores on the standardized exams that are often required in the admissions process for American universities (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS, GRE, GMAT).

Pre-MBA includes the required curriculum for students who are conditionally admitted to a graduate program in Business at UD.

Accelerated University English Program (AUEP)

This program provides strong academic English and university preparation for international students who are not conditionally admitted to UD (or to AT students with low English proficiency).


This program focuses on students who plan to obtain a graduate degree in business-related fields in the U.S. (e.g., MBA, Finance, etc.).

Students learn valuable analysis, presentation, and communication skills, while also preparing for the GRE or GMAT exam.

Test Preparation

Many ELI students decide to take the IELTS exam while they are in Delaware, but they need help with their preparation.

IELTS Exam Preparation

Our IELTS preparation course is a part-time program that helps students to learn strategies for taking the IELTS exam.

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