University of Hawaii at Hilo Catalog 2013–2014

English Language Institute (ELI)

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English Language Institute

University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo
Auxiliary Services, Room 105A
200 W. Kāwili St.
Hilo, HI 96720-4091

Tel: +1 (808) 933-8855
, Fax:+1 (808) 933-8863


Students come from over 40 countries and territories to take classes at UH Hilo. The campus has the highest percentage of international students of any of the ten campuses in the University system. In preparation for entering American education, many students opt to take specialized classes to enhance English language skills. Small class sizes provide specialized instruction, language labs, tutoring sessions, excursions, and experiences in the rich cultural and natural environment of Hawaiʻi Island. The mission of the ELI is to provide English language instruction to non-native speakers of English to prepare them for university study.

Courses are offered at three levels of proficiency in listening/speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. Students who are admitted to the English Language Institute as an alternative to admission to a degree program are required to enroll in ESL courses as directed by the Institute until they have completed the ESL sequence prescribed for them. Such students may enroll in additional courses only with the consent of both of the instructor and the ELI Director. ELI courses, while carrying administrative credit, do not count toward graduation from UH Hilo. The courses are geared to providing intensive English instruction in order to prepare international students for the rigors of undergraduate education at UH Hilo.

Students exiting the ELI program move into the regular undergraduate and graduate degree programs of the University. Depending on their ability levels, the ELI Director advises students to concurrently register for ELI and University classes. For more information about the English Language Institute, please go to International students can also find valuable information from the UH Hilo International Student Services Office at

See the complete listing of ELI courses.

Rev. 3/5/13