A world-class institute of changemakers in the deaf and signing community.
Since 1864, we have been investing in and creating resources for deaf and hard of hearing children, their families, and the professionals who work with them.
Over 50 degree programs, with online and continuing education for personal and professional development.
Innovating solutions to break down barriers, and using science to prove what does and doesn’t work.
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If you have any questions about the ELI application, please email 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 ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or any other standardized examination are NOT required for admission to the ELI. All ELI applicants will undergo an in-house screening set of tests. During ELI 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.
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.
Website: International Student Services
You must have a valid F-1 or J-1 student visa before you can begin studies at the ELI. Gallaudet University is authorized to issue form I-20 and DS2019 for academically and financially qualified applicants. Persons who hold B-1/B-2 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 and forms in the ELI application process. After the ELI has determined that you meet all requirements including financial ability to pay for your studies in the U.S., Gallaudet University will send you an I-20 or a DS-2019 form. You will then use this form to make an appointment with the U.S. embassy in your home country, and take the form together with copies of your admission and financial documents to the American embassy or consulate to request an F-1 or J-1 visa.
The ELI provides screening tests geared toward placing qualified ELI prospects in ESL Levels IV-VI. The screening tests serve the ELI administration as a guide to determining whether to admit the prospect to the ELI and how long a student may stay at the ELI.
There are four steps to the ELI application process:
To meet the admissions criteria during the screening process, the following scores need to be achieved by the ELI prospect:
Only qualified applicants who passed the screening tests for Levels IV to VI can proceed to Step 3 - Financial Qualifications.
The screening results are for those who are qualified for ESL levels IV to VI admissions only.
The ELI also provides qualifying tests to determine if an ELI student is ready to enter university studies. The duration of stay at the ELI program is highly individual and depends on prior existing language skills in both English and in the mother tongue. It is possible an ELI student may stay for only one semester or for up to three and half years. Students entering our program with high intermediate language proficiency tend to qualify for admission to university study more quickly than those with limited language proficiency.
Website: Applications and Forms
International and domestic ELI applicants have different deadlines due to Homeland Security requirements for international applicants. In addition, the international deadline also takes into consideration that new international students need more time to apply for a F1 or J1 visa at their American embassy or consulate. Most visa applications need about two months to be processed and granted. Only after the new international student has been granted a visa can the flight ticket be purchased. There is no time-saving measure that can be done to make this international process go quicker. Please note that deadlines can be extended with permission from the ELI administration.
Fall Semester: If you plan to enter the ELI program in the fall semester, we must receive all required application documents by May 30.
Spring Semester: To enter in the spring semester, we must receive all required application documents by October 30.
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 all required application documents by December 15.
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