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Online Study

NOTE: Only students outside the USA may enroll in ELC online courses.  Students on F-1 visas must enroll in the regualr full-time in-person ELC program.

What is the ELC online method?    All ELC courses:

  • focus on academic communication (what do professors expect?) to build professional skills
  • include interpersonal communication (what are North American norms?) to build confidence
  • include themes about RIT majors in science, technology, arts and business
  • include orientation to the particular environment of RIT and Rochester, NY

RIT English Language Center online courses are not pre-packaged self-study courses.  ELC online courses include (and require!) interaction with instructors and other students.  The courses are designed to coach students toward effective professional and university-level  communication.   The instructors are there to help (and to challenge) students to meet their learning goals.   
ELC online courses are intensive with some "real time" requirements.    
Students should expect to spend around 15 hours per week or more in summer, or 10 hours per week in fall, with combined attendance and homework for each course.  ELC online students:
  • Must have a fully functioning computer or tablet with audio recording and web-cam capabilities.  Telephones or computers without video will not get the job done.
  • Must attend a number of classes synchronously (in real time) every week with the instructor and other students. Synchronous classes will be delivered on Eastern Daylight Time (UTC -4:00). Students in other time zones will need to adapt to the schedule, to incorporate these attendance requirements into their schedules regardless of local time
  • Must submit assignments regularly (3 to 5 times per week), Monday – Friday.
  • May be required to meet with other students online and/or the instructor to complete specified tasks each week. 

Summer 2020:  All programs are online!    Please check out the summer 2020 page.

Fall 2020:   English language courses are online for advanced graduate and undergraduate students for students who are studying remotely.    FALL GRADUATE-LEVEL COURSE OFFERINGS: Classes offered for graduate students are Graduate Writing and Reading (ELCA 91), Graduate Spoken Communication (ELCA 93) and Academic Language Analysis (ELCA 24).    FALL UNDERGRADUATE-LEVEL COURSE OFFERINGS: Classes offered for undergraduate graduate students are Academic Writing and Reading (ELCA 22), Academic Speaking and Listening (ELCA 26), and Academic Language Analysis (ELCA 24).  See the Dates and Costs page for financial information.


If you are an accepted RIT student, you simply need to contact RITELC@RIT.EDU to enroll! 

Students outside of RIT who are preparing for a university degree must complete a formal application to the program.  Students must meet general ELC application criteria and must also meet a minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement for the University English program.  Please visit our application page, or contact us at RITELC@RIT.EDU for questions about how to apply.

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