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Graduate Students


The English Language Center offers specialized advanced courses for graduate students.

  • ELCA 91 Graduate Writing and Reading (Fall and spring: 5 hours/week.  Summer in-person: 10 hours/week.  Summer online 6 hrs/wk + independent work)
    The goal for this course is for students to recognize and produce the language necessary for both reading and writing theses, research papers, and academic articles. Students read to analyze the language used to build and organize academic argument. Students write analyses and literature reviews to rehearse and apply linguistic and rhetorical strategies with attention to clear form and meaning relationships.   
  • ELCA 93 Graduate Spoken Communication (Fall and spring: 5 hours/week.  Summer in-person: 10 hours/week.  Summer online 6 hrs/wk + independent work)
    Students will improve their speaking skills to lead and participate in class discussions focused on specific readings, to describe a topic, define key terms, present research or an argument and ask and answer questions leading to fuller understanding of the topic under discussion and related readings.  Note: ELCA 26: Academic Speaking and Listening may be offered as a substitute for this course during certain semesters.
  • ELCA 90 Linguistics of English Academic Communication  (Fall and spring: 5 hours/week.  Summer in-person: 10 hours/week.  Summer online 6 hrs/wk + independent work)
    Academic Language Analysis and Accuracy is designed for international students with an advanced level of English proficiency. The course presents a review of grammar topics and writing strategies to enhance students’ grammar, writing, and meta-cognitive skills.  The course prepares students for college level work in their academic classes.
  • ELCA 50 Interactions (3 hours/week plus out of class meetings. Fall and spring in-person only.)     Students practice interactional communication.  Students participate in guided conversations with classroom conversation assistants and conversation partners.  Students also select an engagement project in an area of personal interest.


Each ELC course carries a fee of $2184. 



You can apply to the English Language Center without applying to RIT. If you would like to apply to the English Language Center, you can apply here


  • RIT may require certain English courses based on a student’s standardized international English test score (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE-Academic) in order to meet minimum RIT admission requirements.  English courses can be taken before you start your degree, or in the first semester of your degree.
  • Many RIT graduate programs have English language requirements which are higher than the general minimum for RIT.
    • Graduate programs may require specific English Language Center courses
    • Graduate programs may require additional English language proficiency testing at the English Language Center
  • Graduate students who do not have standardized international test score data must take the RIT language proficiency test in order to determine any English coursework requirements
  • Graduate students who already have a TOEFL or IELTS score but want another opportunity to change their English placement may optionally choose to take the RIT language proficiency test.
  • If you are not yet admitted to RIT and have questions about graduate enrollment, please contact RIT Graduate Admissions


Conditionally admitted RIT students do not need to apply separately to the English Language Center. If you would like to apply to the English Language Center before applying to RIT graduate school, you can apply here


  • Some students who are admitted with English language conditions may need to take courses in the full-time intensive English program
  • Graduate students must complete required Graduate English courses with a B grade. Students earning below a B must repeat the course or enroll in a substitute course.
  • Some graduate programs may require both Graduate Writing/Reading and Graduate Spoken Communication
  • Graduate programs may set additional requirements based on student performance


English Language Center courses are zero-credit. All English Language Center courses and course grades appear on official RIT transcripts. There is an educational fee for all ELC courses. The fee is lower than RIT credit-hour cost.

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