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Students who wish to enroll in the Intensive English Program need to complete the online application and then work with the program director to coordinate documentation. Students enroll in this program to achieve personal, academic or professional advancement in English proficiency. This a pre-credit program. Students interested in advancing to the credit program may prepare through the Intensive English Program. Please see conditional acceptance for more information.

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be at least 16 years of age, and have achieved pre-beginner English literacy level in all skill areas including reading and writing; vocabulary and grammar; and speaking and listening.
To achieve this, most students would have successfully completed at least one semester of Pre-Beginner Intensive English.

The ELI does not accept pre-beginners.

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Standardized Exam Requirements

Students applying to the Intensive English program are not required to submit test scores.
Once enrolled in the program, students will be required to take oral and written placement exams.  Placement exams are held on the day prior to the first day of classes.

Conditional Acceptance

Students who meet all admission requirements for the credit program, with the exception of English language proficiency requirements, may be granted conditional acceptance to the credit program pending the successful completion of the ELI Intensive English program. Students can apply for conditional acceptance for undergraduate or graduate courses.

How to apply for conditional acceptance

Students who are lacking required English proficiency may submit an application to the College of Charleston for undergraduate admission, and await an admissions decision.  If the student is offered – and accepts – conditional admission, the Admissions team will notify the ELI, who will then contact the student to complete the process.  The student will need to complete the Certificate of Finance form for ELI, and submit this with an official bank statement.  The student is then accepted into the Intensive English Program, and documentation is sent to the Center for International Education for I-20 form approval.   The Admissions Department “Letter of Conditional Acceptance” is then sent to the student, along with the I-20 form, and ELI’s acceptance letter.

To apply for the Intensive English program, please click here.

For additional information about Intensive English admissions policies, contact the ELI.

I’ve submitted the application, now what?

You need to work with the ELI to make sure you have all of your documentation in order.

What you’ll need

  • Passport with at least 6 months remaining before it expires
  • Certificate of Finance
  • Certificate of Eligibility (DS-2019 or I-20). Don’t worry about this yet. You’ll get this once your application is complete and your certificate of finance is processed.
  • Either the F-1 or J-1 visa

Check out our documentation webpage for more detailed information, or contact eli@cofc.edu with your questions.