English Language Institute

Open to local and international students!

Summer 2 - 2024: July 8 - August 15

Fall 2024: August 19 - December 6

Spring 2025: January 21 - May 16

Summer 1 - 2025: May 27 - July 3

Apply now: elistudy@csi.cuny.edu

Whatsapp Contact Number Whatsapp with us here or call/text us: +1.929.376.8302 in English, Español, Português, Français


The English Language Institute (ELI) offers an exciting and innovative academic program for students learning English as a second language. Our course of study is designed to challenge and engage students. Students are immersed in the language, culture, and the ethnicity of New York City.

Contact Information

Gonzalo Villena

ELI Director

Building 2A, Room 206
Email Gonzalo Villena

9:00 am to 5:00 pm
By email: elistudy@csi.cuny.edu

ELI offers semester and summer terms of 18 and 22 hours of class per week. Students have courses such as reading, writing, grammar, conversation, and TOEFL test preparation workshops with a final TOEFL ITP test, which lets students apply for any CUNY school degree.

Students in our program are entitled to use all the facilities available on campus such as the pool, tennis, basketball, racquetball courts, and fitness center. Students can also attend any lectures or workshops they feel would enhance their own learning experience. We invite you to come and see our beautiful campus. Learn English while enjoying the rich culture New York City has to offer.

Learn more in our Facebook/Instagram info sessions in English and Spanish:

Join us for an info session regarding our English programs and learn about our program, dates, costs, visa process, etc. Sessions will be in English or Spanish, on Facebook and Instagram.

  • Dates to be announced

Apply to ELI

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ELI Application Process:
1. Student sends application documents and fees:

  • Application Form
  • Passport (F-1 student visa applicant) / Driver's license, passport, Green Card, other photo ID (non-F-1 student visa applicants)
  • Statement of Financial Support form (F-1 student visa applicant) - What is this?
  • Bank statement (F-1 student visa applicant)
  • $100 application fee

Non-F-1 student visa applicants can skip step 2 and 3.

2, ELI accepts application:

  • ELI sends I-20 to student (F-1 student visa applicant)

3, Student applies to F-1 student visa - How can I get an F-1 student visa?

  • SEVIS (F-1 student visa applicant)
  • Visa appointment at U.S. Embassy or Consulate

4. ELI tuition fee:

  • After F-1 student visa approval or non-F-1 student is accepted, student pays tuition fee.
  • Application process completed.
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