Important COVID-19 and ISS Updates | Click Here (Last Updated: April 27, 2021 | ELI Placement Form for Fall 2021 now open)

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

As we start to wind down for the Summer and prepare for Fall 2021, 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 synchronously (everyone logs on at the same time). For more detailed information, refer to the Fall 2021 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 are not required for Fall 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. There will still be optional ELI Placement Tests available on August 19th and August 24th for those who wish to improve their initial placements.

  • 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.

Vaccination/Negative Test requirement: All Hawai‘i intercounty and domestic U.S. travelers who are fully vaccinated may utilize the Safe Travels program to bypass the 10-day quarantine. International travelers may use a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner to get a COVID-19 test up to 72 hours prior to their departure.

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.