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Academic Programs at the College of Staten Island, New York


College of Staten Island, New York

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College of Staten Island offers an unusual opportunity to students: to experience life in New York City while studying on a large and picturesque 204-acre campus which features the Great Lawn, athletic fields, sculpture and seating areas, all surrounded by mature woodlands. Fourteen buildings house classrooms, laboratories, instructional spaces, study lounges, and offices.

Imagine receiving a world-class education in the world's most exciting city while experiencing the comforts of a serene, beautiful campus.

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 textbook 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.

College of Staten Island, New York

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College of Staten Island, New York

The College of Staten Island:
The City University of New York's Largest Campus

The College of Staten Island is the only City University of New York 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, seven two-year colleges, the Macaulay Honors College and five graduate and professional schools. The first CUNY college, The City College, was founded in 1847. Today, the CUNY university system provides accessible and affordable higher education to some 480,000 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 13,000 undergraduate and 1,000 graduate students. College of Staten Island is 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.

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College of Staten Island, New York

CSI provides undergraduates many opportunities to work with senior faculty on research projects and to participate in strong international programs. CSI also has selective graduate programs in areas of special strength. In all we do, we never lose sight of our focus on intellectual development.

Students who begin their study at the English Language Institute (ELI) 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 45 on the Internet-based test. Graduate students must score at least 550 on the paper test or 79-80 on the Internet-based test; applicants to the Accounting, Business Management or Clinical Mental Health Counseling must score 600 (paper) or 100 (Internet).

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College of Staten Island, 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.
Live the experience!

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 undergraduate and graduate admission into the College of Staten Island for current English Language Institute students
  • 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

College of Staten Island, New York

  • 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
  • 18 to 22 hours per week of instruction (depending on the session), which includes
    • Reading and Writing
    • Grammar
    • Communications / Self Expression
    • Workshops:
      • TOEFL
      • Speech and Oral Presentation
      • CAT-W Test Preparation for College Admissions
      • Persuasive Argument
      • Pronunciation
      • Diction
      • Advanced Writing and Library Tutorials
      • Creative Writing
    • Lectures / Films: World on Wednesday Series
  • Culture Day activities, featuring oral presentations, food, traditional clothing, crafts, music and dance

College of Staten Island, New York

  • International Coffee Hour
  • Average class size: 10-17 students from all over the world
  • Highly competent, patient and caring faculty
  • Interactive teaching style: student-centered methodology

College of Staten Island, New York

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. 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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The English Language Institute at the College of Staten Island is a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (EnglishUSA)

Personalized Tutoring

  • One-to-One tutoring, or small group sessions
  • Offered for ESL learners of all levels
  • Courses include Reading / Writing, Grammar, and Communications
  • $75 per hour for hourly sessions
  • $3,000 per student for one-to-one tutoring, for a total of 48 hours
  • $1,500 per student for two students with one teacher, for a total of 24 hours
  • $1,000 per student for three students with one teacher, for a total of 24 hours
  • Additional costs include textbooks and application fee

College of Staten Island, New York

Customized English Programs

ELI is an experienced institution hosting groups that come to New York with a customized English program, designed for different type of students, English level, and including different type of activities besides English learning. Some examples of what we can design:

  • English for Academic Purposes: ELI teachers are trained to teach English related to the field of each group. Some examples may be Business English, International Business English, Medical English, Hospitality English, etc.
  • Visits to companies: After English classes, students can have the chance to visit companies related to the field of the group. Such visits may be clinics or hospitals, banks and financial institutions, tech incubators, chambers of commerce, and any other type of organization. New York City is the hub of many domestic and international corporations, so ELI can have access to the companies your group needs.
  • Visits to institutions: ELI organizes academic-oriented visits to institutions, as well as visits to institutions where students can have fun. These can include the United Nations Headquarters, museums, consulates, and more.
  • Tours: New York City hosts around 60 million tourists each year. ELI students can feel like real New Yorkers when visiting the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, Times Square, Central Park, Wall Street, and more.

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College of Staten Island, New York

The American Language and Culture Program

The purpose of the four-week American Language and Culture Program is to introduce participants to American society, government, business, and education while enhancing their English language ability with a focus on improving communication skills. Through academic programs, English in Action community opportunities, excursions in New York City and homestays with families in Staten Island, participants become acquainted with individual Americans and with the American way of life.

Participants will understand American diversity and the underlying values many Americans share and practice. A weekly cross-cultural seminar is also offered where students have opportunities to engage in experiential activities and discussions. Seminars help to integrate the information with their own experience in New York. The course starts from Mondays through Thursdays in the summer with 20 hours of instruction per week. The English in Action community opportunities and excursions may take place on Fridays, weekends or evenings.

Program Cost for a 4-week Session: This special program package, designed specifically for groups of at least 10 from overseas institutions, includes the following:

  • Homestay in Staten Island with seven breakfasts and four dinners per week
  • Airport pick up and drop off between Newark Airport and the CSI Campus
  • Tuition and textbooks
  • Cultural Activities
  • Welcome and Farewell Receptions
  • Medical insurance
  • Administrative fee

The program cost per person:

  • $3,500 per participant, based on a minimum of 10 participants.
  • $3,400 per participant, based on a minimum of 20 participants.
  • $3,300 per participant, based on a minimum of 30 participants.

Optional Excursion to Washington DC: A 3-day, 2-night excursion to the U.S. Capital is also available for an additional cost.

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College of Staten Island: English Language Institute, New York

Calendar and Estimated Fees

Program Calendar Start End
Spring January May
Summer 1 May June
Summer 2 July August
Fall August December

Please note that tuition is due on the day of registration.

Session Registration Date
Spring Session (16 weeks) early February
Spring Session (8 weeks) early April
Summer Session I (22 hours / week) mid-May
Summer Session II (22 hours / week) late June
Fall Session (16 weeks) mid-August
Fall Session (8 weeks) mid-October

Tuition Fees, in US$

Course Length Daytime Evening
(16 weeks)
$3,400 $3,200
(6 weeks)
$1,600 $1,400
One week $320 $280
Two weeks $640 $560
Three weeks $960 $840
Four weeks $1,200 $1,040
Five weeks $1,500 $1,300
Six weeks $1,600 $1,400
7 to 15 weeks per week: $260 per week: $230

Course Length Per Course TOEFL Pronunciation
(16 weeks)
$1,150 $1,600 $1,500
(6 weeks)
$550 $600 $590
One week $340 $350 $345
Two weeks $420 $440 $430
Three weeks $440 $450 $445
Four weeks $470 $500 $490
Five weeks $500 $550 $540
Six weeks $550 $600 $590
7 to 15 weeks per week:
per week:
per week:

Accommodations: CSI has on-campus housing available. As you interact with other CSI students, you will have the opportunity to learn about people who are different than you and, in the process, learn more about yourself. In addition, living on-campus will help you be a better student, since you will have easy access to important campus resources, such as academic advisors, tutorial centers and labs, the writing center and the library. Applications are available in the Dolphin Cove office within the South Building on campus, or apply online at csistudenthousing.com (in English). For floor plans and cost: csistudenthousing.com/floorplans (in English).

College of Staten Island: English Language Institute, New York

The Center for Global Engagement 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 Global Engagement 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

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College of Staten Island
English Language Institute
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island
New York 10314

ph 718-982-2100
fx 718-982-2108


Middle States Association
of Colleges and Schools

Carnegie Classification

Amount Required on I-20:
US$ 7,467.
9-week session

US$ 10,288.
14-week session

US$ 29,869.
One Year

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