English Language Center Classes

The English Language Center offers classes to prepare students for their academic studies. Our small, coeducational classes allow you the opportunity to focus on improving your English. By working alongside students from around the world, you will broaden your educational and personal experiences and see what a truly global campus RIT Dubai is. 

The minimum English language entry requirement for study at RIT Dubai on the TOEFL is 79 on the iBT, 213 on the computer based exam, and 550 on the paper based exam. The minimum IELTS score requirement is 6.5. These requirements have been set by RIT New York and the U.A.E. Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research (MOHESR). RIT Dubai accepts IELTS Academic score only, not General. 



Level 1


Level 2


Level 3


Level 4




Exam Range



IELTS: up to2.5

TOEFL: up to 396

TOEFL iBT: up to18

IELTS: 3.0-4.0

TOEFL: 397-436

TOEFL iBT: 19-40

IELTS: 4.5-5.0

TOEFL: 437-499

TOEFL iBT: 41-64

IELTS: 5.5-6.0

TOEFL: 500-547

TOEFL iBT: 65-78




300 Hours

300 Hours

300 Hours

135 Hours


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15,000 AED


15,000 AED


15,000 AED


11,000 AED




Earn up to 20% off your tuition with an ELC Scholarship!

Enroll in the English Language Program at RIT Dubai and become eligible for the ELC Scholarship. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. Be at least 17 years of age
  2. Be in good academic standing with at least a 65% average
  3. Participate in a personal interview

Applicants will need to submit their school records for review, and the interview can be held in person or via phone.



Full-time English for Academic Purposes preparing students for university study

  • Level 1--BASIC: This level is for students with very little English skills or exposure to the language. The focus of the course is to increase vocabulary and understanding of basic grammar and to practice the spelling and pronunciation of English.
  • Level 2--BEGINNER: This level is for students who have some comprehension of English. The courses focus on reading, writing and speaking skills at a simple level.
  • Level 3--INTERMEDIATE: This level introduces English academic skills and is for students who need more study about and practice using English.
  • Level 4--ADVANCED: Students at this level work on English skills necessary for academic work at the college and university level.


Each course includes the following areas: 

WRITING and READING: the study of academic reading and writing

SPEAKING and LISTENING: practicing presentations and lecture note-taking

LANGUAGE ANALYSIS and ACCURACY: the study of grammar form, use, and meaning

INQUIRY-BASED LANGUAGE TASKS: understanding language use by developing projects

These classes are open to all interested students. If you are interested in improving your English but not pursuing a degree, then the ELC can still help you achieve your goals.


Evening English Conversation Class 

Increase your vocabulary, improve your pronunciation, and build your English communication skills for everyday situations with the ELC evening class at RIT Dubai.  This class is excellent for students who have studied English but need to practice with a native English speaker. It is expected that students have a higher level of English proficiency for the class. 
Start: 26 January 2015
End: 16 May 2015
Duration: 15 weeks (spring break the week of 29 March 2015)
Days: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Saturdays
Time: 6:00 to 9:00 on Mondays and Wednesdays and 9:00 to 12:00 on Saturdays
Total hours: 135
Location: Room 211, RIT Dubai, Dubai Silicon Oasis
Cost: 9,000 AED (includes all books and materials. This comes to 66 AED/hour and includes a 20% scholarship).
In addition, there will be a discount off the cost of the tuition for each new student you bring in, so tell your friends, neighbors, family, and colleagues. Payment can be split up into 4 monthly payments if  you wish.  
Description: The atmosphere is informal, helping students to relax and contribute. Although there is an emphasis on speaking and listening comprehension, the class will include reading, writing, and grammar skills as well. Students will discuss and debate topics and watch short video clips. New vocabulary will be introduced and students are encouraged to write a summary of the class as homework to help retain the information. 
Please note: There is a minimum number of 6 students required to run the course. 


New students are tested and placed according to a series of tests:

  1. The MTELP (Michigan Test of English Language Proficiency) tests reading, grammar, and vocabulary.
  2. A short interview  
  3. A writing sample
  4. Conditionally-admitted RIT students may be pre-placed by TOEFL or IELTS scores