Important COVID-19 and ISS Updates | Click Here (Last Updated: November 9, 2021 | Spring 2022 information for students

COVID-19 & International Student Services Updates (UPDATED for Spring 2022)

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: ELI and ESL courses are currently planned to be fully in-person, with select sections of our advanced courses (ELI 80, 82, 83, and ESL 100) available in a fully online synchronous format (everyone logs on at the same time). For more information, refer to the Spring 2022 Class Availability.

Please also refer to your instructor’s syllabus when class starts; different classes will have different requirements. 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 will be mandatory for Spring 2022. There are two dates available: Thursday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 11. Please note the January 11 date is after the semester starts, and is reserved for students who have flight/visa issues and cannot make the first date. All students should plan ahead to be here for the January 6 test date.

Should there be a need for the ELI to cancel the Placement Test, placements into ELI courses will be based on a review of all relevant data provided: standardized English test scores and subscores (such as TOEFL, IELTS, Duolingo, or Cambridge English Tests), SAT or GRE scores, transfer credits and GPA, etc. Placements, as well as any cancellation notices, will be emailed to your hawaii.edu email.

  • For those with “ELI Placement Test” or “ELI Placement Test, no writing” in your ELI hold: Please fill out the ELI Placement Test Form. Your registration hold will be removed thereafter (usually within three business days), and more information about the test will be provided after your form is submitted.
  • 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.

Vaccination/Negative Test requirement: Students who wish to register for in-person classes must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 by January 3rd, 2022, as noted by this Mandatory Vaccination for Students Policy. Vaccination information can be uploaded into the LumiSight UH application (if not already asked for by the University Health Center); for vaccination information uploads, a desktop web browser is recommended. Students are allowed to submit exemption requests for religious or medical reasons, but will be required to submit a negative antigen test every 3 calendar days or a negative PCR test every 7 calendar days to be on campus. A negative test result will not be accepted if you do not have an approved exemption.

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.