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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.

A welcome to newly admitted international graduate students from Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences, Juliet Gainsborough, PhD (video)


An Overview of International Programs at Bentley

Guide for International Graduate Student Programs

Costs and Benefits of Programs for International Graduate Students, with contact information ("menu")


English Language Assessment (ELA)

Newly admitted international graduate students will be required to participate - at no charge - 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, so that they have a measurement tool to address their needs. The written diagnostic and oral interviews will take place the week of August 21-25, 2017, during Graduate Student Orientation.

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. If students have graduated from a Master’s level or undergraduate program in the U.S., the ELA is also waived.   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 recommended 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.

The CTP includes three courses: Oral Communications for Business, Business Writing, and Professional Workshops.

In the program, students 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.

1. Oral Communications for Business*

The Oral Communications for Business class focuses on critical thinking as well as strategies for improving all aspects of oral communication in a business setting, including but not limited to effective classroom interactions, impromptu speaking, and presentation skillls.

2. Business Writing*

The Business Writing class focuses on higher-level business writing tasks and writing skills needed to communicate effectively using various business formats, such as case studies and business texts, plus other supplemental materials.  Emphasis is placed on independent writing and academic integrity.

3. Professional Workshops*

In the Professional Workshops, students develop and articulate their personal SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats), Working on Intercultural Teams, and Managing Cross-Cultural Conflict. Professional Skills Development is designed to build a baseline of cultural competence so that students can best utilize Graduate Career Services. For more information about Professional Workshops download the PSD Frequently Asked Questions.

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

Listen to three Bentley students tell about their experiences and how the English Language and American Culture Institute courses helped them to excel in their academics and beyond. (video)

The cost is $2,600 for the three-week program (three courses), which must be paid in full by June 29, 2017.  There is a Housing option, as well.  Details on CTP costs and registration process.  

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

How to Register for the Cultural Transition Program (CTP) 

Registration for the CTP is a two-step process


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.  There is no cost for the workshop.

Success Factor Series (SFS) Courses*

Students can take one or two possible courses within the SFS: Oral Communications for Business and Business Writing (descriptions above). SFS courses are recommended to students based on the results of the English Language Assessment. For more information about Success Factor Series Courses, download the SFS Frequently Asked Questions.  The cost for each of the ten-week courses is $1,000.

For more information about the English Language and American Culture Institute or any of its programs and services, please contact Fern Remedi-Brown at