The ELI program provides two semesters of instruction, an early summer six-week session, and, depending on student needs, possibly a late summer six-week session. The ELI program provides 20 to 25 hours of instruction per week during the semester. For the summer programs, the ELI program provides 23 weekly hours of instruction per six-week session. International ELI students are required to be enrolled for 18 hours of instruction to be considered active students by Homeland Security regulations.

The English Language Institute follows the undergraduate schedule for the academic year with some exceptions, which are listed below.

  • Arrival Day
  • ELI Student Orientation (ESO is required for all new ELI students)
  • Testing Weeks
Reminder: All ELI Students must complete business registration before they can attend any ELI classes
If they fail to complete business registration, they cannot attend classes, and if they are not in class, they will be marked absent.
For international students with F-1 visas, absences will be reflected in their immigration status.

Fall Semester

The fall semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December. It consists of sixteen weeks with a Thanksgiving holiday break in mid or late November.

Spring Semester

The spring semester begins in mid to late January and ends in mid- May. It consists of sixteen weeks with a week long Spring Break in mid-March.

Summer Sessions

The ELI program may elect to provide English Summer School in mid-May through June.

2020-2021 ELI Academic Calendar

Fall 2020

Aug 18

Arrival Day for New ELI Students

Aug 19-28

ELI Student Orientation (Required for all new ELI students)

Aug 29

All residence halls open at 10 a.m. for RETURNING students

Aug 31

Classes begin

Aug 31

Deadline to waive health insurance charges

Sept 7

Labor Day Holiday (no classes)

Oct 2

Final payment for Fall 2020 charges due (charges must be paid in full in order to register for Spring 2021 courses)

Oct 12-16

Midterm week

Nov 23–27

Fall Break (No classes during the week. University open Monday–Wednesday)

Dec 14

Classes end

Dec 15-18

Testing Week

Dec 20

All residence halls close at noon and Winter Break begins

Dec 25-Jan 1

Winter Break (University closed)

Spring 2021

Jan 10

Arrival Day for New ELI Students

Jan 11-15

ELI Student Orientation (Required for all new ELI students)

Jan 16

All residence halls open at 10 a.m. for RETURNING students

Jan 18

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes)

Jan 19

Classes begin

Jan 19

Deadline to waive health insurance charges

Jan 20

Inauguration Day (no classes)

Mar 1-5

Midterm Week

Mar 8

Final payment for Spring 2021 charges due (charges must be paid in full in order to register for Summer and Fall 2021 courses)

Apr 5-9

Spring Break

May 4

Classes end (make-up day for Inauguration Day)

May 5 - 7

Testing Week

May 9

All residence halls close at noon


2021-2022 ELI Academic Calendar

Fall 2021

Aug 16-20

Professional Development Week

Aug 19

Arrival Day

Aug 20-27

ESO

Aug 28

All residence halls open at 10 a.m. for RETURNING students

Aug 30

Classes begin

Aug 30

Deadline to waive health insurance charges

Aug 31

Late Business Registration begins (fee charged)

Sep 3

Last day for Business Registration

Sep 6

Labor Day Holiday (no classes

Oct 1

Final payment for Fall 2021 charges due (charges must be paid in full in order to register for Spring 2022 courses)

Oct 11-15

Midterm week

Oct 18

All midterm grades due no later than noon

Nov 22-26

Fall Break (No classes during the week. University open Monday–Wednesday)

Dec 13

Classes end

Dec 14

Study Day

Dec 14-17

Testing Week

Dec 19

All residence halls close at noon and Winter Break begins

Dec 20

All grades due no later than noon

Dec 25-Jan 1

Winter Break (University closed)

Spring 2022

Jan 9

Arrival Day

Jan 10-14

Professional Development Week

Jan 10-14

ESO

Jan 15

All residence halls open at 10 a.m. for RETURNING students

Jan 17

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes)

Jan 18

Classes begin

Jan 18

Deadline to waive health insurance charges

Jan 20

Late Business Registration begins (fee charged)

Jan 21

Last day for Business Registration

Feb 28-Mar 4

Midterm Week

Mar 1

Final payment for Spring 2022 charges due (charges must be paid in full in order to register for Summer and Fall 2022 courses)

Mar 7

All midterm grades due no later than noon

Mar 14-18

Spring Break

May 2

Classes end

May 3

Study Day

May 3-6

Testing Week

May 8

All residence halls close at noon

May 9

All grades due no later than noon

May 13

Commencement exercises