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Rochester Institute of Technology: English Language Center, New York
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English Language Center
Rochester Institute
of Technology
28 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, New York 14623

ph 585-475-6684
fx 585-475-5330
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Accreditation:
Middle States Association
of Colleges and Schools

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Carnegie Classification


Amount Required on I-20:
US$ 6,907
ELC's 11-week Program

US$ 20,401
ELC's Annual Program

US$ 36,000
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English Language Center at the Rochester Institute of Technology

We look forward to welcoming you to the
English Language Center at Rochester Institute of Technology!

Rochester Institute of Technology's English Language Center is designed for students who plan to attend a university in the United States and who have previously studied English. The English Language Center conducts 11-week programs every fall, winter, spring and summer. Special programs are also offered.

Classes are held on the 1,300-acre campus of RIT, an internationally acclaimed university offering innovative programs in such fields as imaging science, photography, printing, computer science, engineering, microelectronics, business and fine and applied arts.


The Eastman Kodak Quad
provides a beautiful setting to study English
at the Rochester Institute of Technology
in New York.

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Eastman Kodak Quad at the Rochester Institute of Technology, by A. Sue Weisler / RIT

Classes designed for you: Full-time students in the intensive English program have at least 20 class-hours weekly in grammar, reading, writing, conversation and vocabulary. Classes are offered at three skill levels: beginner, intermediate and advanced. Students also study in the language lab five hours per week.

Listening Comprehension, Lecture Notetaking, Pronunciation, TOEFL preparation, American culture, writing research papers, presentation skills and understanding academic lectures and other interesting courses are available as electives to students in the higher intermediate and advanced levels.

Advisors help students with cultural ESL, housing, and university admission. Advanced level students may be permitted to take one or two classes at the university for credit. Students on student visas may work on campus and enjoy university life. They live in dormitories and eat in cafeterias with American students. ESL Students with a C average in English classes receive a certificate.

Instructors: Teachers at the English Language Center are professionally trained in modern methods of language teaching. Teachers have masters degrees in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MATESOL) or in a related field, and many years of teaching experience with university-level international students in the United States and overseas. The ELC staff help students with cultural adjustment, housing, and university admission.

RIT's English Language Center is led by Rhona Genzel, who has been director of the ELC since it was founded in 1979. She has a Masters Degree from Syracuse University in Speech Communication with a concentration in cross cultural communication. Professor Genzel has written four books: Culturally Speaking, an American conversation and culture text; two writing books; and a book about American idioms. In 1995-96, Professor Genzel was the President of the prestigious American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP), an organization which sets standards for American ESL programs.

Accreditation: Rochester Institute of Technology and The English Language Center are accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The English Language Center subscribes to the guidelines of NAFSA: Association of International Educators, and TESOL: Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. It has met the standards and is a member of University and College Intensive English Programs (UCIEP) and AAIEP.

Orientation and Advising: During the first few days, students participate in orientation activities to become familiar with the English Language Center, RIT and the city of Rochester. They also take English language proficiency tests and are placed at the level which best serves their needs. Instructors from the English Language Center are assigned as advisers to help students adjust academically, socially and culturally.

Special Groups: Special programs for 12-15 people can be offered for short term study throughout the year. Such programs are tailored to meet the needs of the groups, e.g. Business English, English and Art, English for Engineers, etc. Groups can choose the dates best suited to their needs for one week, two weeks, four weeks, etc.

English for International Executives and Trainees: The ELC at RIT serves business people who are non-native speakers of English. The Center offers classes and individualized instruction to assist people in business with the communication skills they need most: pronunciation, writing, listening and speaking. In addition, other English language classes are offered at several levels.

  • Pronunciation - Teachers trained in speech / language / linguistics who have experience training non-native speakers work with clients to make their speech clearer and less accented. Clients learn to improve their pronunciation, intonatino patterns and enunciation.
  • Listening / Speaking - Instruction focuses on the communication skills essential in business: speaking at meetings and presenting reports. Clients learn how to listen to questions and how to respond with clarity. Clients videotape their talks and receive constructive feedback that helps them improve their presentation skills.
  • Writing - Instruction in writing focuses on the American style of organizing and presenting information in written form. Work in sentence structure and grammar is taught as an outgrowth of students' writtten work. Clients learn to do the kind of writing most used in business settings: memos, reports, letters and summaries of meetings.

The Intensive English program is also popular with family members. Groups are small, and participants have an opportunity to interact with one another as they learn the language and the culture. Field trips and social events are planned throughout the course of the program to help students acculturate and get to know each other.


Crossroads Cafeteria at the Rochester Institute of Technology, by A. Sue Weisler / RIT Interested?
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Activities: Students go on field trips to Niagara Falls and museums, schools and courts of law. They picnic and barbecue in beautiful local parks, go to the beach at Lake Ontario and enjoy winter sports such as skiing and ice skating. They also participate in movie nights, pizza parties and holiday celebrations.

Accommodations and Meals - American Style: Housing facilities at RIT are located in a safe residential environment. Approximately 85 percent of our students live in RIT housing. RIT owns and operates several large, modern residence halls as well as four apartment complexes. Older students and students with families usually live in apartments. Students at the English Language Center generally share a room with an American roommate. Meals are available to students living in residence halls. RIT / ESL students also live in the RIT Inn, a former Marriott hotel.


Financial Information for RIT's English Language Center

Estimated Costs 11-Week Program
(One Quarter)
Three Quarters
(Annual)
Tuition $ 3,158. $ 9,474.
Dormitory $ 1,678. $ 5,034.
Meals $ 1,238. $ 3,714.
Health and Accident Insurance $ 320. $ 640.
Health Center Fee $ 63. $ 189.
ELC Activities $ 125. $ 375.
Books / Supplies (estimated) $ 325. $ 975.
TOTAL $ 6,907. $ 20,401.

Costs are subject to change without notice. Prices for tuition, room and board for the eight-week winter and the seven-week summer program will be prorated. There is a Health Center on campus, and the fee can be paid when you use the Center.


Rochester Institute of Technology

Founded in 1829, RIT is a private technological university. It is located on a beautiful, modern 1,300-acre campus in the town of Henrietta, a suburb of Rochester, New York. RIT comprises eight colleges:

  • Applied Science and Technology
  • Business
  • Computing and Information Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Imaging Arts and Sciences
  • Liberal Arts
  • Science
  • National Technical Institute for the Deaf

The University has wonderful facilities for its 13,000 students; of those, more than 1,000 are international students, representing 80 countries worldwide. There is a library, weight room, indoor track, indoor olympic-sized swimming pool, tennis courts, indoor ice-skating rink, and several cafeterias. There is a Health Center with two doctors, special services on immigration issues for international students and a child care center which cares for young children while parents are in classes. Admission to one of the colleges at RIT is separate from admission to the English Language Center.


Rochester, known as the world's Image Center, is located in the western part of New York State approximately 585 kilometers from New York City, and three hours from Toronto, Canada. The area presents numerous opportunities for recreational activities such as bicycling, hiking, swimming, golfing, tennis, sailing, camping, fishing and snow skiing.

Rochester is the fourth-largest exporting city in the U.S., and home to Kodak, Xerox, and Bausch and Lomb. The city has many cultural attractions such as the International Museum of Photography, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, Memorial Art Gallery, Strasenburgh Planetarium, the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and several performing theater groups. Nearby parks and recreational facilities include Niagara Falls, the Erie Canal, and Letchworth State Park.


Thank you for your interest in the Rochester Institute of Technology! To proceed with the inquiry process, please select your academic preferences, and complete the form. We will respond to you promptly with instructions about how to formally apply for admission.