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The English Language Institute at the College of Staten Island is located in New York City.
College of Staten Island
English Language Institute
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island
New York 10314

ph 718-982-2094
fx 718-982-2108


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Amount Required on I-20:
US$ 6,538.
9-week session

US$ 8,196
14-week session

US$ 23,660.
One Year

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College of Staten Island: English Language Institute, New York

The English Language Institute at the College of Staten Island, New York

New York City is the place to be.
The College of Staten Island (CSI) is the place to study.

Don't just learn the language, experience it!

The English Language Institute at the College of Staten Island provides high-quality intensive English instruction for international students and professionals:

  • Operating for more than 25 years to educate students from around the world for academic life in the U.S., and to use in pursuing careers at home
  • Facilitate admission into the College of Staten Island for current English Language Institute students (undergraduate and graduate admissions)
  • Part of the College of Staten Island with access to all university facilities such as:
    • State of the art fitness and recreation center (swimming pool, tennis and basketball courts)
    • Library / Internet Access
  • Proximity to Manhattan: 20-minute ferry ride
  • Field trips: Museums, theater and the arts, sports, businesses
  • Cultural activities that take students out of the classroom and into the community
  • Large, spacious 204-acre campus
  • 20 hours per week of instruction which includes
    • Reading and Writing
    • Grammar
    • Communications / Self Expression (Conversation Partner Program)
    • Workshops:
      • TOEFL
      • Speech and Oral Presentation
      • ACT Test Preparation for College Admissions
      • Persuasive Argument
      • Pronunciation
      • Diction
      • Advanced Writing and Library Tutorials
    • Lectures / Films: World on Wednesday Series
  • Culture Day activities, featuring oral presentations, food, traditional clothing, crafts, music and dance
  • International Coffee Hour
  • Small class size: 10-15 students from all over the world
  • Highly competent, patient and caring faculty
  • Interactive teaching style: student-centered methodology
  • The American Language and Culture Program offers four weeks of instruction in January and August
  • English In Action: Service Learning Field trips include destinations that focus on service to the community, such as nursing home facilities / senior assisted living residences, police / fire departments, youth centers, soup kitchens / homeless shelters. (There is an additional cost for specialized programs.)
  • Customized programs for groups
  • English in New York programs for groups

ELI is a member of the
American Association of
Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)
ELI is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)

Programs at the English Language Institute (ELI) are divided into three parts: grammar (structure and usage), reading and writing, and oral expression and pronunciation. They feature close personal attention to individual student needs; class size averages 10 to 15 students. The teaching style is interactive, to prepare students to function well in an American academic setting. In addition to formal instruction, ELI offers clubs, discussions, excursions, films and workshops that help students understand American culture and institutions so that they can successfully integrate themselves into American academic life.

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College of Staten Island: English Language Institute, New York

Calendar and Estimated Fees: Tuition is due on the day of registration.

  Number of Weeks Tuition
Fall (Sep - Dec) 14 $ 3,000.
Mid-Fall (Oct - Dec) 9 $ 2,000.
Spring (Feb - May) 14 $ 3,000.
Mid-Spring (Mar - May) 9 $ 2,000.
Summer (late May - Aug) 14 $ 3,000.
Mid-Summer (Jul - Aug) 9 $ 2,000.

Additional Expenses
Books / Supplies / Fees Approximately $325 per term
Health Insurance (mandatory) Approximately $300 per term
Living Expenses Approximately $753 per month
or Approximately $ 9,030. per year

The American Language and Culture Program is offered during January and August. The cost of the 4-week program - including tuition, housing and activities - is just $ 2,900. Courses will cover themes in American culture, education, business and government. Participants will understand American diversity and the underlying values many Americans share and practice. Discussions and seminars help to integrate the information with their own experience in New York.

The College of Staten Island has no dormitories or housing on campus. However, CSI's Center for International Services assists students from abroad in locating convenient and comfortable places to live. The community of Staten Island offers housing at approximately one-half the cost of housing in Manhattan.

The Center for International Services provides special advising, both academic and personal, to help students make their transition to American college life as smooth as possible. The Center conducts orientations prior to each semester to help students understand the American academic system. It identifies resources and support services on campus and off, and advises on immigration and other legal issues.

Specifically, the Center for International Services facilitates the admission into CSI for ELI-registered students. The center's staff helps students complete the application forms, offers advice regarding necessary documents, administers the TOEFL exam, and sends TOEFL results to the CSI Admissions Office.

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College of Staten Island: English Language Institute, New York

The College of Staten Island: The City University of New York (CUNY)'s Newest Campus

The College of Staten Island is part of The City University of New York system, and it is the only CUNY college on Staten Island. The City University of New York is the third largest university system in the United States. It has eleven four-year colleges, six two-year colleges, a graduate school, a law school, a medical school, and an affiliated school of medicine. The first CUNY college, The City College, was founded in 1847. Today, the CUNY university system provides accessible and affordable higher education to some 200,000 students from New York City and all over the world.

The College of Staten Island boasts a state-of-the-art campus, completed in 1994. CSI enrolls approximately 10,500 undergraduate and 1,500 graduate students. It is what Americans call a comprehensive institution; that is, it offers general education in the liberal arts and sciences, as well as a range of professional studies and master's and PhD programs. The College is fully accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

Students who begin their study at the English Language Institute may be admitted to the College of Staten Island when they complete their study of English by achieving the appropriate level of competence on TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Undergraduate students whose native language is not English must score at least 450 on the paper-based TOEFL test or 133 on the computerized version. Graduate students must score at least 550 on the paper test or 213 on the computerized version.

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College of Staten Island, New York

New York City is known as a famous center of business, culture, and diplomacy. The city is the financial center of the United States, and the home of many multinational corporations. Its cultural institutions - for art, dance, drama and music - are renowned throughout the world. The United Nations brings diplomats from all over the world to the city. Students in New York find the city a living texbook that extends their education beyond the classroom, and affords opportunities to build personal and professional networks that benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Before the Verrazano Bridge was built in 1964 (to connect Staten Island and Brooklyn), Staten Island was known for fishing, farming and parkland. Today it is a desirable place to live for people who work in Manhattan and other boroughs of New York City and in New Jersey, an adjacent state. Staten Island residents commute to Manhattan by car; by ferry (which takes about 25 minutes to go to the southern end of Manhattan); and by express bus, which takes an hour to go to mid-town Manhattan. We invite you to explore the dynamic metropolitan region of New York City!

We look forward to welcoming you to the English Language Institute at the College of Staten Island! To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly.