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English Language and American Culture Institute (ELACI)

The English Language and American Culture Institute (ELACI) at Bentley University launched in summer 2014. Our goal is to provide intensive academic and professional acculturation programs for international students and other English language learners. Students in ELACI programs will improve their oral and written communication skills in order to successfully integrate into the Bentley community while helping international students to meet their academic, career and language goals.

International Student Jumpstart

International Student Jumpstart is a pre-orientation program designed specifically for newly admitted international graduate students. During International Student Jumpstart, students will learn about visa regulations, cultural adjustment, academic expectations, and other topics related to life at Bentley University. All international students will take part in oral interviews as well as a written English language assessment. International Student Jumpstart is a great way to meet other international students, familiarize yourself with the campus and important resources, and to learn more about the academic and cultural aspects of life at Bentley University. International Student Jumpstart will take place Sunday, August 21st – Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016. Participation is required of all international graduate students.

English Language Assessment

Newly admitted international graduate students will be required to participate in an assessment of their English language skills. The English language assessment is designed to help international students better understand their own linguistic strengths and weaknesses. The language assessment will take place during International Student Jumpstart pre-orientation program Sunday, August 21st – Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016.

This English language assessment is required of all newly admitted international graduate students whose native language is not English and is from a country other than the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. Note: Students in the Bentley MBA program are exempt from taking the English language assessment.  This assessment is designed to identify those students who need additional work in written and/or spoken English. Based on the results of the assessment, some students may be required to take further English language and academic support courses. For more information about the English Language Assessment, download the ELA Frequently Asked Questions.

Programs and Services

(*Fee Based Programs)

The Cultural Transition Program (CTP)*

The Cultural Transition Program is a three-week intensive academic and acculturation program held prior to the start of the academic year for international graduate students. The goal of the CTP is to support international students as they navigate the challenging coursework in the Graduate School of Business.

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 U.S. graduate university system including classroom expectations, U.S. cultural norms, and how to work successfully on intercultural teams.

Program Benefits

Upon successful completion of the Cultural Transition Program will:

  • Build their confidence, and cross-cultural awareness both for professional and personal interactions
  • Improve oral and written English language skills through specially designed courses
  • Learn American-style business practices and U.S. cultural expectations

For more information about the Cultural Transition program, download the Cultural Transition Program flyer or CTP Frequently Asked Questions.

AC 730 Supplemental Support Coursework

AC 730 Supplemental Support Coursework has been designed to help newly admitted international graduates navigate the experiential learning components of the AC 730: Business Processes and Systems Assessment course. This is a required workshop for international students enrolled in AC 730 who are new to the U.S.

Success Factor Series Courses*

Oral Communications for International Students is designed to build and reinforce the oral communication skills of international graduate students. This course will focus on strategies for improving all aspects of oral communication in a business setting, including but not limited to effective classroom interactions, critical thinking, impromptu speaking, and presentation skills. Business Writing for International Students has been designed to prepare international graduate students for the kinds of writing they will encounter in the graduate school of business at Bentley University. Students are selected for SFS courses based on the results of the English Language Assessment. For more information about Success Factor Series Courses, download the SFS Frequently Asked Questions.

Professional Skills Development Workshops*

Professional Skills Development workshops are a prerequisite for international graduate students who need to advance their professional communication skills prior to taking the Graduate Career Development Introductory Seminars (GCDI).  The first of these workshops is Communications for Career Development (CCD). In this workshop, students will focus their attention developing and articulating their personal SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats). Professional Skills Development workshops are designed to build a baseline of cultural competence so that students can best utilize Graduate Career Services. Students are selected for these six week workshop series based on the results of the English Language Assessment. For more information about Communications for Career Development workshops, download the Communications for Career Development Workshop Flyer. For more information about Professional Skills Development workshops download the PSD Frequently Asked Questions.


For more information about the English Language and American Culture Institute or any of its programs and services, please contact Chrishon Blackwell at