Admission Process

The English Language Institute is open to any student who is at least sixteen years old and who has completed secondary school (special summer programs can be designed for younger students). 

The Institute is authorized to issue the I-20 document for full-time English (at least 18 hours per week). For more information about the student (F-1) visa and the I-20 document, go to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

Admission to the ELI does not constitute to Pace University Degree Programs. Students take a placement test offered on the New York City Campus or the Law School Campus in White Plains  and are assigned classes according to their English level and their goals and interests.


Do you plan to apply for Student (F-1) Visa?  Do you need it? 

If you are undecided about your visa status, click here for more information.

If you need a student visa (F-1), please follow the application procedure

If you do not need a student visa (F-1), no application is necessary unless you want to apply for student housing.  When you arrive in New York, call the ELI office at (914) 773-3820 or email ELI to  make an appointment for a placement test.

Please read Application and Admissions Policies of the English Language Institute - Westchester Campus.