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.




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. 

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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,

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