Apply to the English Language Institute
International and domestic ELI applicants have different deadlines due to Homeland Security requirements for international applicants. Deadlines can be extended with permission from the ELI administration.
ELI Application Deadlines for International Applicants
Fall Semester: If you plan to enter the ELI program in the fall semester, we must receive all required application documents by May 1.
Spring Semester: To enter in the spring semester, we must receive your application documents by November 1.
ELI Application Deadlines for Domestic Applicants
Fall Semester: If you plan to enter the ELI program in the fall semester, we must receive all required application documents by July 15.
Spring Semester: To enter in the spring semester, we must receive your application documents by December 15.
ELI Application Forms and Instructions
ELI 2013-2014 Application Instructions
ELI 2013-2014 Application for International Applicants
ELI 2013-2014 Application for Domestic Applicants
ELI 2013-2014 Application for Readmission for International ELI Alumni
ELI 2013-2014 Application for Readmission for Domestic ELI Alumni
If you have any questions about the ELI application, please email Mr. Ali Sanjabi, Operations Support Specialist, at email@example.com. Please note that admission to the ELI does not constitute admission to the undergraduate or graduate programs at Gallaudet University. Scores on the TOEFL or any other examination are NOT required for admission to the ELI. During New Student Orientation, students take placement exams that are used to gauge proficiency levels and place students into appropriate class levels. Admission criteria are listed below.
- Both international and domestic applicants can be admitted.
- Has finished high school, college, or the highest secondary schooling possible in their home country. If an applicant did not complete high school, but had a private tutor for home-schooling, he or she needs to prove with a GED test at the American embassy that he or she has acquired the equivalent of a high school liberal arts education. Transcripts should include some form of separate writing class and reading class, math, history, science, and geography classes. These classes represent a liberal arts education. In general, technical schools or vocational schools do not provide a liberal arts education. In certain circumstances and on a case-by-case basis, the ELI admission requirement for a secondary school certificate of completion / high school diploma can be waived.
- Deaf or hard of hearing applicants are eligible for admission. Hearing people who plan to major in deaf-related fields or hearing professionals who work with deaf or hard of hearing clients are eligible.
Obtaining a Visa (For International Applicants Only)
You must have a valid F-1 or J-1 student visa before you may begin studies at the ELI program. Students with B-1 visitor visas may not enter the ELI or register for courses. In order to obtain a visa, you must first submit all required admission documents in the ELI application. After the ELI program receives and approves the required documents, Gallaudet University will send you an I-20 or DS2019 form. Then you will take the form and copies of your admission documents to an American embassy or consulate to request an F-1 or J-1 visa, respectively. For more information, please click on this link below to go to International Student Services.