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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 1st.

Spring Semester:  To enter in the spring semester, we must receive all required application documents by November 1st.

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 15th.

Spring Semester:  To enter in the spring semester, we must receive all required application documents by December 15th.

ELI Applications

Please note that ELI application fees are non-refundable. Below are the links to the ELI application instructions and the ELI application forms.

International Applicants

ELI Application Instructions

International ELI Application for Academic Year 2016-2017

International ELI Application for Readmission for Academic Year 2016-2017

Domestic Applicants

ELI Application Instructions

Domestic ELI Application for Academic Year 2016-2017

Domestic ELI Application for Readmission for Academic Year 2016-2017

English Summer School Application for 2016

Current ELI Students

ELI Pre-registration Form (Fall, Spring, or Summer)

Admission Requirements

If you have any questions about the ELI application,  please email Mr. Ali Sanjabi, Operations Support Specialist, at  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.  Transcripts should include some form of separate writing class and reading class, mathematics, history, science, and geography classes.  These classes represent 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.
  • Age 17 or older   

Readmission Requirements

  • If the applicant for readmission has been absent from the ELI program for more than one year, then the applicant needs to show evidence of academic activity that occurred during the absence in order to qualify for readmission.  An applicant can request an exception to this requirement if a letter explaining the reason(s) for the absence is submitted with the application.

Obtaining a Visa (For International Applicants Only)

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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.



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