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For Students

This section of the ELI website includes information about the university’s ELI requirements, who needs to take (or can take) ELI courses, about the ELI Placement Test, getting your ELI Placement Test results, about our courses, links to other programs and offices at the university, and a number of helpful resources about academics and Hawai`i to help you succeed in your studies at our university.

The ELI is only for students who have been admitted to the University. If you are looking for a program at UH-Manoa where you can focus just on studying ESL, see:

Hawai`i English Language Program (HELP)

New Intensive Courses in English (NICE)

Plagiarism and Academic Honesty

Rules regarding academic honesty and intellectual property are different in different cultures. Acceptable ways of using other people’s ideas may be quite different where you are from than in the United States. The ELI certainly respects different ways of doing things, but at the same time, because the University of Hawai`i is an American university, …

Back Credits For Your Native Language

The University of Hawai`i at Manoa has a policy for granting students “back credits” for proven proficiency in a second or foreign language taught at UH Manoa. Click here to read the official policy. What does this mean? In a sense, this means the university is giving you credits for your language ability. You could …

ELI Student Voices

English! It was my enemy for a long, long time. I was wrestling with the enemy, but the outcome was not good, and I wanted to give up this patient game. I was tired. But one day I had to play the game again as a student at UHM. I was fearful once again, because …

Student Resources

There are a number of great resources at UH and online that can help you through your journey of learning English at UH. Here are some of them. UH Campus Resources The Writing Center: Sign up online to have a one-on-one appointment with a writing tutor. Bring your assignment and whatever you have written so …