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English Language and American Culture Institute

The English Language and American Culture Institute (ELACI) is a new initiative at Bentley University launched in summer 2014. One of the main goals of the institute is to provide programs for international students at an American business university.

The Cultural Transition Program and the Supplemental Support Courses were developed to support international graduate students as they navigate the challenging coursework in the Graduate School of Business. 

The Cultural Transition Program (CTP): The Cultural Transition Program is a 3-week intensive academic and acculturation program held prior to the start of the academic year.Students in the program will develop their oral communication, critical thinking, and business writing skills through case study analysis, introduction to business concepts, and evaluation of current issues in business. Students will also gain valuable insight into the US graduate university system including classroom expectations, US cultural norms, and how to work successfully on intercultural teams.

For more information or to register for the Cultural Transition program visit: Cultural Transition Program Registration.

Supplemental Support Courses (SSC): Supplemental Support Courses are 10-week classes offered during the academic year for international graduate students. These classes supplement specific core courses offered in the Graduate School of Business that have proven to be challenging for international students. Student in SSC will learn practical techniques and strategies that can applied in their core courses while developing their oral and written communication skills.

For more information, contact Chrishon Blackwell at

Language Assessment: All newly admitted international graduate students, regardless of country of origin, will be required to participate in an assessment of their English language skills. The diagnostic language assessment is designed to help international students better understand their own linguistic strengths and weaknesses. In addition to identifying academic needs, assessment results will also be used to recommend academic and language support services.The language assessment will take place during graduate student orientation and will consist of two parts: an oral interview and a written diagnostic. Note: Students in the Bentley MBA program are exempt from taking the language assessment.

Any questions about the diagnostic language assessment should be directed to Chrishon Blackwell at