Academic English is the main program offered at the ELI and it runs all year long, with four different beginning 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. 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.

COVID- 19 Updates

We are working closely with Syracuse University to monitor the novel (COVID-19) virus outbreak here on campus, domestically and abroad, and will communicate updates as we receive them. Please follow email and other communications from the university as we will continue to receive updates from Chancellor Syverud and other university officials and offices.

We are all challenged by the health emergency that has disrupted the lives of students, faculty and staff at our school, at Syracuse University, and across the world.

We at the English Language Institute will do everything possible to continue to offer a world class educational experience, during and after the upcoming online semesters. We are challenged, but we have outstanding students, instructors, and staff, and we will persevere. When the immediate health emergency passes—and it will—we will continue to build the great community and school.

Summer Sessions

The university has made the decision to move all residential Summer programs to online delivery. Specifically, this applies to the following terms:

  • Summer I: May 18-June 26
  • Summer II: June 29- August 7
  • Combined Summer Sessions: May 18-Aug. 7

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
8:45 am – 10:15 am Textual Communication
10:15 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 12:15 pm Oral Communication
12:15 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Accuracy
(Monday – Thursday only)

Spring 2020

Event Date
Testing & Orientation: Thursday, January 9 and Friday, January 10
First Day of Classes: Monday, January 13
Martin Luther King Jr. Day- No Classes: Monday, January 20
Spring Break – No Classes: Sunday, March 15- Sunday, March 22
Last Day of Classes: Thursday, April 30
Certificate Ceremony: Friday, May 1

Spring 2020 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition (Due before the first day of class.) $7,360
Student Activity Fee $70
Estimated Living Expenses $6,580
Incidentals (books, health insurance, etc.) $1,800
Student Communication Fee (for students living on campus) $220

Online Summer Session I 2020

Event Date
Online Testing & Virtual Orientation: Thursday, May 14 and Friday, May 15
First Day of Online Classes: Monday, May 18
Last Day of Online Classes: Friday, June 26

Online Summer Session II 2020

Event Date
Online Testing & Virtual Orientation: Thursday, June 25 and Friday, June 26
First Day of Online Classes: Monday, June 29
Independence Day- No Classes: Friday, July 3
Last Day of Online Classes: Thursday, August 6
Certificate Ceremony: Friday, August 7

Summer 2020 Course Fees

Item Cost
Tuition per summer session (Due before the first day of class.) $3,825 (estimated)
Incidentals (books, etc.) $800