UC San Diego Extension English Language Institute

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English Language Institute

"It is our mission to provide English language instruction of the highest quality, in which people can learn to their full potential, develop a deeper understanding of the United States, and always receive courteous and knowledgeable service."

Our Intensive English Language Programs quickly teach students from the beginning to advanced levels. We offer our students an excellent variety of courses, from structured skill-building to high-interest conversation to rigorous academic preparation.

The UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI) offers courses to students age 18 years of age and older throughout the year. Testing at the beginning of the program will determine students' class placement.

  • Student counselling
  • Visa support
  • Host family accommodation
  • In hotel/guesthouse
  • On campus
  • Student Residence
  • Work experience / internship with local companies
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City , University campus
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Intensive TOEFL Preparation

Who should take this course?

This program is for students and professionals who would like to focus on preparing for the internet-based TOEFL test. Intermediate to advanced levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 103-110) may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program (week 0).

Program Schedule:

Monday - Friday
Classes are held between 8:30 - 4:30 PM
11 weeks - 25 hours per week (first week is testing, orientation & registration)
Schedule varies depending on level and classes chosen
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City , University campus
Levels: Advanced, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Intensive Academic

Who should take this course?

This program is for students who plan to enter an American university, and for professionals who want to improve their writing skills for their career. There is a strong emphasis on English fluency and academic skill development in this program. Students who have advanced English proficiency have more elective choices. All levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 99-110) may take this program. A student's English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program (week 0).

Program Schedule:

Monday - Friday
Classes are held between 8:30 - 4:30 PM
11 weeks - 25 hours per week (first week is testing, orientation & registration)
Schedule varies depending on level and classes chosen

University Preparation Academy

Who should take this course?

This program focuses on preparing students to enter a bachelor's or master's degree program in highly selective and competitive American universities. Advanced levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 109-110) may take this program. (Equivalent to a 90 iBT or 7.5 IELTS.) Student's English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program (week 0).

Additional Admission Requirements:
New students must achieve advanced levels (core level 109-110) of UC San Diego-ELI proficiency placement tests with certain minimum scores on UC San Diego-ELI's writing and and listening placement tests (equivalent to 90 iBT or IELTS 7.5).
Continuing students coming directly from UC San Diego's ELI 10-week programs must have excellent attendance and grades in previous ELI classes, placement in one of ELI's highest proficiency levels, and certain minimum scores on ELI's placement exams.
Students must submit copy of transcripts in English for the four most recent semesters of academic studies. These transcripts must show excellent grades, and that the student is in the top 5-10% of his/her school.

Program Schedule:

11 weeks
25 hours per week
Monday - Friday
Schedule varies depending on level and classes chosen
Can be taken one or two quarters
Program Description:
Focus on writing, research, and speaking excellence for university success
Development of effective skills for meeting faculty and peer expectations in the American university classroom
Academic Advising:
Matching student's goals and record of achievement to university admission standards
Choosing degree program
Guidance in the application process to ensure timely and complete submission of university application materials

Intensive Pre-University Program

Who should take this course?

Students who have completed at least one 10-week English language program at UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI) at an advanced proficiency level, who demonstrate superior performance in their home universities, and who have achieved high final grades in all classes can be considered for admission to the Intensive Pre-University (IPU) program.

The UC San Diego Academic Advisor will explain the academic selection criteria and language proficiency requirements to interested students who are currently studying at UC San Diego-ELI. Student who have not completed at least one quarter of successful studies at UC San Diego-ELI in the quarter prior to the desired IPU program start-date may not apply to the IPU program. Students take a combination of English language courses and university and/or university extension credit courses. Advanced levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 109-110) may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program (week 0).

Additional Admission Requirements:
Students must complete at least one 10-week English language program at UC San Diego-ELI, and who have received a grade of B or better in every ELI class.
Student must achieve advanced levels (core level 109-110) of UC San Diego-ELI proficiency placement tests with certain minimum scores on UC San Diego-ELI's writing and and listening placement tests (equivalent to 90 iBT or IELTS 7.5).
Students must have excellent attendance in previous UC San Diego-ELI classes.
Students must submit copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies. These transcripts must show excellent grades, and that the student is in the top 10% of his/her school.

Program Schedule:

11 weeks
Schedule varies depending on level and classes chosen
Required Courses:

9 - 17 hours of English language instruction per week
1 - 2 University or University Extension courses per week (enrollment is on a space-available basis; credits may be transferable to degree programs)
Core classes for fluency and comprehension
Wide variety of courses for academic preparation and cultural understanding.

Academic English

Who should take this course?

This program is for serious academic students who want to focus on developing fluency and accuracy in all language skills. Considerable time is spent on grammar, reading, and writing. Intermediate, high-intermediate, and advanced English proficiency may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during orientation at the time the student arrives to UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI).

Program Schedule:

Monday-Friday
20 hours per week
Schedule varies depending on level and courses chosen
Required Courses:

Core class focusing on fluency and accuracy in all language skills. Considerable time spent on grammar, reading, and writing.
Two additional elective courses chosen from the following list:

Vocabulary Development
Writing Development
Advanced Listening and Speaking
TOEFL Preparation
Pronunciation
Reading Skills
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: Seaside, Town/City , University campus
Levels: Advanced, Basic, Intermediate
Weekly Hours: General 15-25 hrs/wk
Intensive Business English

Who should take this course?

This program is designed for professionals and students seeking to upgrade their English skills in the work place. Curriculum includes fundamentals of the English language, plus specialized courses in business such as marketing and finance. High-intermediate and advanced levels of English proficiency (ELI core levels 105-110) may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during the first week of the program (week 0).
Program Schedule:

Monday - Friday
Classes are held between 8:30 - 4:30 PM
11 weeks - 25 hours per week (first week is testing, orientation & registration)
Schedule varies depending on level and classes chosen

Business English

Who should take this course?

This is a program for serious students who want to improve English fluency through business content studies. Students with high-intermediate and advanced English proficiency may take this program. A student's English proficiency is determined during orientation, when the student first arrives at the UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI). Students who do not have the required English level proficiency for this program will take Conversation and Fluency (beginner, low-intermediate, and intermediate levels).

Program Schedule:

Monday-Friday
25 hours per week
Schedule varies depending on level and courses chosen
Required Courses:

Be prepared to work in teams while improving presentation skills, negotiating, meeting skills, business vocabulary, and business writing while surveying topics such as:

American Business
Marketing
Finance
International Trade
Management
Human Resources
This program includes expert guest speakers and visits to local businesses. Guest speaker dates and company visits vary according to availability.

usiness Management (Two Quarters)
Business Management (Three Quarters)

UC San Diego's Business Programs for International Students - "Chase your dreams, ignite your career, and connect to the world."

Who should take this certificate?
These programs are for serious students with at least one to two years of full-time paid professional-level work experience in a business environment. Internships and part-time work will not be counted towards this requirement. Qualified students will learn about U.S. business practices and gain necessary skills and knowledge for a career in business. The three-quarter program is the best option for students who would like to apply for Optional Practical Training (OPT).

Program Benefits:
Develop solid business management skills with specialization in a field of your choice.
Learn resume writing and interviewing skills; receive a professional resume critique.
Complement the classroom experience and build your professional contacts by completing a 120-hour unpaid internship at a reputable company.
Study alongside American students in evening classes (during the second and/or third quarters) to further enhance your network.
After two quarters, receive a Professional Certificate in Business Management with a specialization in Finance, Human Resources, Marketing, or Global Commerce.
Apply for OPT after three consecutive quarters of study.
Note: UC San Diego Extension International Programs follow a quarter system. Each quarter consists of 10-12 weeks of full-time study. There are four quarters per year.

Intermediate Business Essentials

UC San Diego's Business Programs for International Students - "Chase your dreams, ignite your career, and connect to the world."

Who should take this program?
The Intermediate Business Essentials program is reserved for the student who has obtained a bachelor’s degree, possesses little or no full-time, post-university, professional work experience, and demonstrates a high level of English language competency. After three consecutive quarters of study, students are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training.

Program Benefits:
This program can be taken for one, two or three quarters.
Students have elective options in both quarter two and quarter three.
Study alongside international and American students in some classes and build your network.
Apply for OPT after three consecutive quarters of study.

Business Essentials
(One, Two, Three, or Four Quarters)

UC San Diego's Business Programs for International Students - "Chase your dreams, ignite your career, and connect to the world."

Who should take this program?
The Business Essentials program provides students with a comprehensive overview of U.S. management practices and skills. Designed to provide a comfortable learning environment for international participants with limited work experience, the program presents opportunities for students to compare and contrast business practices around the globe. Students must also be 21 years old or older. If students stay for three quarters, they will be in class with American students during their second and/or third quarter. After three consecutive quarters of study students are eligible to apply for Optional Practical Training.

Program benefits:
Develop business skills, knowledge, and abilities by learning American business fundamentals.
Participate in multiple business modules and get broad exposure to varied business disciplines.
Complement classroom work and gain practical experience in an American workplace by completing a 48-hour unpaid on-campus internship.
Study alongside international and American students and build your network.
Apply for OPT after three consecutive quarters of study.
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This course is for students aged: 16-70
Location Type: University campus
Levels: Advanced
Certificate Programs:
Administered through UC San Diego Extension, programs are for international professionals and students alike. These classes vary in length from 1 quarter to 3 quarters (approximately 10 weeks to 9 months

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Proficiency

Who should take this program?
This three-month course is a foundation course in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) for non-native English speakers.

What this program includes:
The curriculum consists of the following core courses:

Introduction to Teaching and Writing (27 hours)
Oral Presentations for Language Teachers (27 hours)
Introduction to Pronunciation and Fluency for Language Teachers (27 hours)
Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (27 hours)

Admission Requirements:
TOEFL paper-based: 525
TOEFL internet-based: 69
TOEIC: 690
IELTS: 6.0
Cambridge FCE or Advanced Exams: Pass
TEPS: 600
Additional Admission Requirements:
Copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies
A one-page statement explaining why you would like to take any TEFL Certificate program

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Who should take this program?
Participants who would like to focus on the development of effective classroom teaching skills and modern English language teaching techniques to students in non-English speaking countries and to non-immigrants in U.S. classrooms.

What this program includes:
Theories and Methods of Language Teaching and Learning (27 hours)
Theory and Methods of Reading Instruction (27 hours)
Teaching Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes (27 hours)
Best Methods in Teaching Pronunciation and Fluency (27 hours)
Best Methods in Teaching Speaking Skills (27 hours)
Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure-I (27 hours)
Best Methods in Teaching Listening Skills (27 hours)
TEFL Practicum: Best Methods in Developing and Delivering Lesson Plans (27 hours)
In addition, we offer a variety of one-unit workshops and three-unit elective courses at a reduced fee. Students can choose from several, depending on what is offered each quarter. Some examples are:

Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure-II (3 units)
Oral Presentations for LanguageTeachers (3 units)
Grammar and Editing I or II (3 units)
Music in the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
Games for the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
Teaching TOEFL Prep Classes: Paper and Internet (1 unit)
Teaching Language Through Art (1 unit)

Admission Requirements:

Prospective students must have one of the following scores to participate in this program:
TOEFL paper-based: 540
TOEFL iBT: 78
TOEIC: 740
IELTS: 6.5
Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
TEPS: 660

Additional Admission Requirements:
Copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies
A one-page statement explaining why you would like to take any TEFL Certificate program

Summer Intensive TEFL

Who should take this program?
Participate in the Summer Intensive Professional Certificate in TEFL, and complete all of the courses for the six-month Professional Certificate Program in TEFL in just three months.

What this program includes:
Theories and Methods of Language Teaching and Learning (27 hours)
Theory and Methods of Reading Instruction (27 hours)
Teaching Writing for Academic and Professional Purposes (27 hours)
Best Methods in Teaching Pronunciation and Fluency (27 hours)
Best Methods in Teaching Speaking Skills (27 hours)
Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure I (27 hours)
Best Methods in Teaching Listening Skills (27 hours)
TEFL Practicum: Best Methods in Developing and Delivering Lesson Plans (27 hours)
In addition, we offer a variety of one-unit workshops and three-unit elective courses at a reduced fee. Students can choose from several, depending on what is offered each quarter. Some examples are:

Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure II (3 units)
Oral Presentations for LanguageTeachers (3 units)
Grammar and Editing I or II (3 units)
Music in the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
Games for the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
Teaching TOEFL Prep Classes: Paper and Internet (1 unit)
Teaching Language Through Art (1 unit)

Admission Requirements
The minimum requirements to be accepted into this program are listed below. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted into the Summer Intensive TEFL Certificate program will have a successful experience.


Language Proficiency Requirement
Prospective students must have one of the following scores to participate in this program:
TOEFL paper-based: 550
TOEFL internet-based: 80
TOEIC: 760
IELTS: 6.5
Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
TEPS: 670

Additional Admission Requirements:
Copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies
A one-page statement explaining why you would like to take any TEFL Certificate program

Special Studies in TEFL

Who should take this program?
This is a full-time three-month program of select courses in TEFL and other academic areas to enhance teacher preparation. Students must choose and enroll in a total of 12 UC San Diego Extension units, with the advice and approval of the TEFL Coordinator.

Admission Requirements
The minimum requirements to be accepted into this program are listed below. We carefully review the background and qualifications of each applicant to ensure that those admitted into the Special Studies in TEFL program will have a successful experience.


Language Proficiency Requirement
Prospective students must have one of the following scores to participate in this program:
TOEFL paper-based: 540
TOEFL internet-based: 78
TOEIC: 740
IELTS: 6.5
Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
TEPS: 660

Other Admission Requirements:
Copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies
A one-page statement explaining why you would like to take any TEFL Certificate program

Teaching English Grammar

Who should take this program?
International Students who are already enrolled in the full-time Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate program or the Special Studies in TEFL certificate program, and who are interested in attaining additional competencies in teaching English as a foreign language, may enroll into the Teaching English Grammar (TEG) program for an additional certificate fee.

This certificate can be fulfilled by taking 2 required courses (3 units each) and an additional 6 units of electives. The required courses and electives are not all offered in one quarter. It may take up to three quarters to complete this certificate, and students will need to pay for the additional units that are not included within the full-time TEFL and Special Studies in TEFL certificate programs.

What this program includes:
The required core courses are:
Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure I (3 units)
Advanced Analysis of English Sentence Structure II (3 units)
Students can choose 6 units from the following courses:
Grammar Workshop I-IV (four different 1-unit workshops)
Grammar and Editing I or II (3 units each)
Advanced Grammar Seminar (3 units)

Admission Requirements:
TOEFL paper-based: 540
TOEFL internet-based: 78
TOEIC: 740
IELTS: 6.5
Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
TEPS: 660

Additional Admission Requirements:
Copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies
A one-page statement explaining why you would like to take any TEFL Certificate program

Teaching English to the Young Learner (TEYL)

Who should take this program?
International Students who are already enrolled in the full-time Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate program or the Special Studies in TEFL certificate program, and who are interested in attaining additional competencies in teaching English as a foreign language, may enroll into the Teaching English to the Young Learner (TEYL) program for an additional certificate fee.

This certificate can be fulfilled by taking 3 required courses (3 units each) and an additional 3 units of electives. The required courses and electives are not all offered in one quarter. It may take up to three quarters to complete this certificate, and students will need to pay for the additional units that are not included within the full-time TEFL and Special Studies in TEFL certificate programs.

What this program includes:
The required core courses are:

TEYL Focus on the Teacher (3 units)
TEYL Focus on the Learner (3 units)
TEYL Focus on the Classroom (3 units)
Students can choose 3 units from the available workshops each quarter:
Bookmaking in the EFL Classroom: Artistic Approaches to English Literacy Skills (1-unit)
Visual Media in the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
Games for the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
Music in the EFL Classroom (1 unit)
Teaching Language through Art (1 unit)

Admission Requirements:
TOEFL paper-based: 540
TOEFL internet-based: 78
TOEIC: 740
IELTS: 6.5
Cambridge Advanced or Proficiency Exams: Pass
TEPS: 660

Other Admission Requirements:
Copy of transcripts in English for the two most recent years of academic studies
A one-page statement explaining why you would like to take any TEFL Certificate program
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