English Language Institute


The mission of the Gallaudet University's English Language Institute (ELI) is to provide an intensive English as a Second Language program for American and international deaf and hard-of-hearing students. Bilingual instruction in both American Sign Language and written English provides a multicultural environment for ELI students to achieve academic, professional, and personal language goals.

Program Description

The English Language Institute (ELI) is a sub-unit of the Department of World Languages and Cultures. ELI provides full-time instruction in English as a Second Language (ESL), American Sign Language (ASL), and cross cultural studies to international and American deaf and hard of hearing adults. Intensive study, throughout the academic year (late August to mid-May), helps students become proficient in English in order to qualify for admission to Gallaudet or another university in the United States. This program also enhances their employment potential.

Gallaudet University is the world's only liberal arts university serving primarily deaf and hard of hearing students. Established in 1864, Gallaudet has grown from a small college to a multifaceted university and the world's greatest resource on deafness. Located in the heart of Washington DC, Gallaudet offers academic programs leading to undergraduate and graduate degrees in many fields.

Contact Us

If you are interested in applying to the English Language Institute, we would like you to contact us. We can communicate with you about your potential educational future. For example, when you complete your language studies at the English Language Institute, you could apply to the undergraduate or the graduate school here at Gallaudet University. To contact us, please click on the link below to complete the ELI Inquiry Form.

Click Here For the ELI Inquiry Form


Certificate of Accreditation from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA)

The English Language Institute at Gallaudet University is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period April 2015 through April 2019 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 801 North Fairfax Street, Suite 402A, Alexandria, VA 22314, 703.665-3400, www.cea-accredit.org.

ELI Brochures

2016 ELI English Brochure

2016 ELI Spanish Brochure

2016 ELI Chinese Brochure

2016 ELI French Brochure

2016 ELI Korean Brochure

2016 ELI Arabic Brochure

2017 ELI Japanese Brochure

2017 ELI Portuguese Brochure Coming Soon!