What Are My ELI Requirements?

All students who have English as their second language must clear the ELI unless they meet the exemption criteria. Exemption criteria for the ELI are detailed here. Students must take the ELI Placement Test to be placed into ELI courses at their level, or be exempted, depending on their test scores.

ELI Courses

The ELI has two levels of courses in three subjects: listening and speaking, reading, and writing. Each of the subjects has an Intermediate (ELI 70, 75) and Advanced (80, 82, 83) section. Students taking the intermediate courses must also take the advanced courses. For example, if your initial placement is ELI 70 (intermediate listening and speaking), you will need to take ELI 70 in your first semester and ELI 80 (advanced listening and speaking) in your second semester.

Course Completion Policies

All ELI courses must be completed within the first year of study at the university. This page shows how many ELI classes you would need to take in each of your first two semesters, depending on how many ELI courses you placed into. Failure to complete ELI requirements may mean that you are not allowed to graduate from the university or receive your degree.

Hybrid & Online Courses

Some ELI courses may be offered in a hybrid or online format, which allows students greater flexibility than a traditional face-to-face class. Read this page for more information about whether a hybrid or online course is right for you.

Policies about Credit

Each ELI course is a 3-credit course for registration purposes. This is important when you consider how many courses to take to meet full-time status and to balance your workload for the semester. However, ELI courses numbered below 100 (ELI 70, 75, 80, 82 and 83) are not counted toward graduation. This page details the credit requirements and fulfillments of ELI courses.


This page lists and answers some of the most frequently asked questions about the ELI.