Important COVID-19 and ISS Updates | Click Here (Last Updated: August 20, 2020)

COVID-19 & International Student Services Updates

As Fall 2020 approaches quickly, the English Language Institute (ELI) is working hard to ensure your needs are being met as best and safely as possible. You can find updates specific to the ELI and for the Mānoa campus below:

ELI Course Delivery: For the safety and convenience of all ELI students and teachers and in order to accommodate ELI students who will arrive later or remain in their home countries attending UHM, ALL ELI courses will be offered online, half synchronously (everyone logs on at the same time) and half asynchronously (done on your own time). For more detailed information, refer to the Fall 2020 class availability.

Please also refer to your instructor’s syllabus when class starts; different classes will have different requirements and deadlines for your asynchronous sessions. For more guidance and Best Practices for learning online, visit UH Online’s Guide for Remote Learning in Fall 2020.

ELI Placement Test: The ELI Placement Tests have been cancelled for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 due to the precautions and restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Placements into ELI courses will be based on a review of all relevant data provided: TOEFL or IELTS scores and subscores, SAT or GRE scores, transfer credits and GPA, etc.

  • For those with “ELI Placement Test” or “ELI Placement Test, no writing” in your ELI hold: Please fill out the ELI Placement Form when the Spring 2021 Form opens. An ELI staff member will email you 3-5 business days after your submission with more details.
  • For those with “Take ESL 100 for FW” or “confirm w/ELI” in your ELI hold: Please email us at uhmeli@hawaii.edu.

COVID-19 Updates: UH Mānoa updates their COVID-19 page with relevant information as it’s available, and will email your hawaii.edu address. You can continue to check this page for the most up-to-date information relevant to your situation.

  • Modified Quarantine: UH students arriving from outside Hawai‘i can qualify for a modified quarantine, as listed in this July 13th article. For more information, feel free to visit this link, or email uhsm.covid@hawaii.edu.

International Student Services (ISS) Updates: ISS should be in direct contact with you, but you can also find information on this ISS web page.

If you have questions about your ELI requirements, please feel free to email us at uhmeli@hawaii.edu or call (808) 956-8479.

Please be advised that your individual academic programs (for example, your BA/BS major or your Masters/Doctoral department) may have additional guidance related to your studies and the COVID-19 pandemic. For questions related to your degree program, registration for classes other than ELI classes, etc., please check with your major advisor.

Congratulations on finishing Spring 2020 & CR/NC Option for A-F Graded Courses

Congratulations on finishing this abnormal semester! Our ELI teaching staff made the transition to online classes after Spring Break pretty seamlessly: we thank our teachers and students for being flexible and #ManoaStrong!

Once grades are officially rolled on Wednesday, May 20 (~4:30PM HST), students have the option to change their A-F grades to CR/NC. This period will end, and grades will be finalized on Friday, May 22, 4:00PM HST. If you have questions about this option and how any changes will affect your progress, please contact your major advisor ASAP or Priscilla Faucette @ faucette@hawaii.edu. This mainly affects ESL 100 students, but all ELI students are advised to talk to their advisors if you have any questions about your grades from this semester.

Finally, check out our teachers and students in our classes online!

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March 30, 2020: ELI Office Update

As a safety precaution to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 (#StayAtHome), all ELI Office staff will be working remotely from Monday, March 30, 2020. We will continue to provide all essential services.

For general inquires, you can still contact us by:
Email: uhmeli(at)hawaii(dot)edu
Phone: (808) 956-8479
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm, Hawaii Standard Time

For more updates from UH Mānoa on the COVID-19 outbreak, please visit the following website:
https://www.hawaii.edu/emergency/important-health-information-novel-coronavirus/

10/30/19 – ELI Coffee Hour

On October 30th, the English Language Institute hosted its annual Coffee Hour to celebrate Halloween and provide students the opportunity to converse with each other in a relaxed environment. For more information or to inquire about future coffee hours, please contact uhmeli(at)hawaii(dot)edu!

You are Welcome Here

The English Language Institute welcomes all international students, and are pleased to provide support with academic English and acculturation to international students (and others who have English as a second language).

ELI Reminders

Do you have an ELI hold on your registration account? If so, click here!

Check back here frequently for reminders about important dates and deadlines.

  • Good luck at the semester start!
  • Remember to think about your ELI requirements when you’re making your schedule for next semester. Next semester’s course schedule will be up in the second half of this semester.