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Online Study

THE RIT ENGLISH LANGUAGE CENTER offers online courses currently for students preparing for Graduate study.

Spring 2022: all courses are in person.  No online courses are offered.

Summer 2022 online:  ELCA 24 Academic Language Analysis is offered online, June 1 - June 28, 2022.   A minimum IELTS of 6.0 or TOEFL of 60 points is required to enroll in the course.   See the Dates and Costs page for financial information.

Online offerings are planned for graduate students for SUMMER 2023.   For Fall 2022 and Spring 2023, there are currently no plans for online courses.

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.    
ELC online students should expect to the class to meet 3 times per week synchronously and to spend around 10 or more hours pers week to complete practice and assignments.  Courses meet at least two times per week synchronously :
  • 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. 



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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