Important COVID-19 and ISS Updates | Click Here (Last Updated: November 2, 2020 | ELI Placement Form for Spring 2021 now open)

COVID-19 & International Student Services Updates (UPDATED for Spring 2021)

As Spring 2021 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 Spring 2021 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. 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

COVID-19 Updates: UH Mānoa updates their COVID-19 page with relevant information as it’s available, and will email your 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

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 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.