Information about the Academic English program:

Academic English is the main program offered at the ELI and it runs all year long, with four start dates. Students who are conditionally admitted to a degree program at Syracuse University enroll in Academic English.

Find out more about conditional admission at Syracuse

Students who want to succeed in an academic program in the United States benefit greatly from Academic English courses at the ELI. The ELI offers three courses: Textual Communication, Oral Communication, and Accuracy. Courses are offered in various proficiency levels, from beginning through advanced. Course components include reading comprehension, academic writing, grammar, listening comprehension, oral production, and vocabulary development. Students spend 20-25 hours per week in small classes with personalized attention from instructors and many opportunities for practice. In the fall and spring semesters, Academic English courses are supplemented with conversation and mentor groups for students to gain additional English practice. Descriptions of each course are below.

Academic English Courses

Oral Communication

This course allows students to practice academic listening and speaking skills with a focus on listening to academic lectures and preparing academic presentations. . An important aspect of this course is practicing skills and strategies to train students to compete successfully in a North American university by participating actively in class discussions and in group work and correctly interpreting academic content.

Textual Communication

This course places equal emphasis on academic reading and writing skills. The reading component focuses on reading to analyze texts, take notes, and then interpret, summarize, and paraphrase in order to and use the information to discuss those ideas in an academic forum. The writing component focuses on writing clear paragraphs and essays including information from primary and secondary sources (such as journals, books, and newspapers). These academic paragraphs and essays will use and combine a variety of rhetorical forms suitable to particular topics, audiences, and purposes.


This course will engage students in speaking, listening, reading and writing activities to allow practical, realistic opportunities to improve their grammatical accuracy, usage, editing skills, paraphrasing skills, and pronunciation. The expectation is that students will push themselves to take risks and to use the new grammar and structures that they are learning, not only in this class, but also in their Textual and Oral Communication classes.

Partner University Conditional Admission Agreements

Students who enroll at the ELI can receive conditional admission to the following universities:

Once students successfully complete Level 3, and meet all other conditions in the conditional admission offer letter, students will be able to begin his/her degree program at the partner university of their choice.

Academic English Proficiency Levels

Students attend class Monday through Friday. A typical day at the ELI looks like this:

Class Schedule
8:30 am – 10:00 am EST/EDT Textual Communication
10:00 am – 10:15 am EST/EDT Break
10:15 am- 11:45 am EST/EDT Oral Communication
11:45 am – 1:00 pm EST/EDT Break
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EST/EDT Accuracy (No class on Fridays)

*EST/EDT= Eastern Standard/Daylight Time

Summer 2024 Schedule

Summer Session I 2024

Event Date
Orientation: Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17
First Day of Classes: Monday, May 20
No Classes-

Memorial Day:



Monday, May 27

Wednesday, June 19

Last Day of Classes:  Friday, June 28


Summer Session II 2024

Event Date
Orientation: Thursday, June 27 & Friday, June 28
First Day of Classes:

No Classes: 

Monday, July 1

Thursday, July 4

Last Day of Classes:   Friday, August 9

Summer 2024 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.)       One Summer Session $4,110
Special 2024 Rate: $2,980
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.)       Both Summer Session $8,220
Special 2024 Rate: $5,960
Estimated Living Expenses (Both Sessions)  $8,500
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.)                                              $1,800

Fall 2024 Schedule

Fall 2024

Event Date
Orientation: Thursday, August 22 and Friday, August 23
First Day of Classes: Monday, August 26
No Classes-

Labor Day:

Thanksgiving Break:


Monday, September 2

Sunday, November 24- Sunday, December 1

Last Day of Classes:  Friday, December 13

Fall 2024 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $8,220
Special 2024 Rate: $5,960
Student Activity Fee $70
Estimated Living Expenses  $8,000
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $1,800
Health and Wellness Fee $425