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Studying English in Hawaii offers an amazing experience to students! Students learn more than just the English language from their professors, they gain from:

The natural environment:
The Big Island, where UH Hilo is located, has 10 of the world’s 13 climate zones, an active volcano, a tropical rainforest and a 4,000 meter mountain! This living laboratory gives students the chance to do hands-on study and research in the ocean, land and sky.

The multicultural community:
With a long history of people from many cultures living together, Hilo is a safe town for international students. Hilo is a warm and friendly community, with warm weather and delicious food from around the world. As you walk down the stree, people will smile and say hello!

The small class size:
The average class at UH Hilo is 22 students, so students are always able to ask questions and get help when they need it. In the ELI, the average class size is 12, so students can gain the individual attention they need to succeed.

The aloha spirit:
We give students many opportunities to become a part of the Hawaii community, so you can create life-long friendships. The aloha spirit makes Hawaii a special place to make your second home.

The English Language Institute (ELI):
One of our philosophies is that you will improve your English most quickly if you have many opportunities to meet native-speakers of English. Students who are enrolled in ESL classes are regular UH Hilo students, so they can take select undergraduate classes at the same time as ESL courses and they have access to all of the UH Hilo facilities.

ELI Mission:
The English Language Institute (ELI) provides English language instruction to non-native speakers of English to prepare them for university study.

ELI Courses:
The ELI offers classes in reading, writing, grammar, listening/speaking and pronunciation. Our courses are designed to prepare students for the types of assignments and activities that they will be expected to do in an American university.The ELI offers classes at the intermediate, high-intermediate and advanced levels. The ELI does not have a beginning level. If you have below intermediate skills, it may take you longer to complete your ESL courses.

ELI Faculty:
Our faculty all have advanced degrees in teaching English as a second language, plus years of experience in both teaching and living in different countries. Most importantly, the instructors truly love teaching, so classes are engaging and challenging.

ELI Students:
You will not only learn from your instructors, however, but also from your classmates. Studying with other students from all over the world will allow you to learn about different cultures around the world as you improve your English.

ELI Accreditation:
The ELI is accredited by CEA, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation, meaning that we have met the very high standards of quality language education set by the Commission.

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Useful Links

Useful Links
Tuition and Fees International Student Services & Intercultural Education
International Undergraduate Student Admission Exchange Students-Center for Global Education and Exchange
Online Application International Student Association
Advising for International Students Hawaiʻi Community College Intensive English Program
Campus Visits Hilo and the Big Island

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