Trips and activities | Session IV 2018

What's happening this session IV 2018At the UD English Language Institute, we often tell our students that half of what they learn while in Delaware will be from their experiences outside of the classroom.

It is important to get involved, meet students from other countries and learn about American culture. This is why we offer trips and activities each session to ELI students! There are also many activities on campus that ELI students are permitted to attend. Be sure to check our Facebook page or Instagram @udel_eli to see what is happening each week!

What is happening at the ELI this session?

Special activities and trips:

Evening of Fun

March 9 | 6-9 p.m. | 108 East Main St.

Evening of Fun Session IV 2018

Join your ELI classmates for a fun evening of games, dancing, crafts, music and more!

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Saturday, March 17 | Perkins Student Center | Cost: FREE with student ID

Shamrockfest Session IV 2018

Join us to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with all of your friends at UD’s Shamrockfest, featuring:

  • brunch 11am – 1pm
  • lunch 1pm – 3pm
  • DIY tie dye t-shirts
  • stuff-a-bear
  • Quizzo with prizes
  • raffles every hour for great prizes
  • caricatures, airbrush tattoos, and face painting
  • giant yard games
  • zen coloring

Students will need to provide their own transportation to this event. Once there, you can meet the ELI chaperones at the information desk at Perkins Student Center at 10:45 a.m. and you are welcome to stay with them during the evening if you wish.

Don’t forget to bring your student ID!

What is St. Patrick’s Day?

St. Patrick’s Day is popular Irish holiday that celebrates Irish heritage with parades, festivals, traditional Irish music and dancing and dressing in green.

Click here to learn more about St. Patricks Day.
For more information on Shamrockfest, visit:

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Free Trip to New York City!

Saturday, March 24 | Sign up at 189 West Main St. to save your seat!

New York City skyline. New York City in the spring! Saturday, March 24.

Join us as we travel north to visit New York City, also know by its nickname, “The Big Apple”!

There is SO much to do in New York City: you can visit Times Square, the Statue of  Liberty, Central Park, and of course, go shopping!

This trip is free for ELI students only. ELI students pay a $20 deposit when they sign up, which they will get back the day of the trip as long as they have their student ID and yellow reservation slip with them. All others who wish to go on the trip must pay $20 (non-refundable)  to buy a seat on the bus.

Bus schedule:

Departs 318 South College Ave. at 7 a.m. | Leaves New York at 7 p.m. | Returns to 318 South College Ave. around 10 p.m.

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Launch Trampoline Park

Thursday March 27 | Launch Trampoline Park

Launch Trampoline Party, March 27, 2018

Check out Launch Trampoline Park’s website here to learn more, or click on the image above to watch a video showing how much  fun ELI students have had at this event in the past! Do not forget to wear socks!

The bus will pick up as follows:

  • 5 p.m. – Departs 318 S. College
  • 5:10ish – The “Internationale” (Courtney Street)
  • 5:30 – 108 East Main Street
  • 5:40ish – Rittenhouse Station
  • 5:45ish – Studio Green (Office)
  • 5:45ish – Studio Green (Rear)
  • 5:50ish – The Retreat (500 Hamlet Way, Newark)
  • 6:00 p.m. (or before) – arrive  at Launch Trampoline Park

Return bus departs the Launch Trampoline Park at 8 p.m. and follows a reverse route. (Please note that the bus will not return to 108 Main Street.)

  • Retreat
  • Studio Green (Rear)
  • Studio Green (Office)
  • Rittenhouse Station
  • Internationale
  • 318 South College

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Visit Washington D.C. in the spring!

April 6, 2018 | Cost $35

This is a great opportunity for you to see Washington at a beautiful time of the year! The cherry blossoms will still be blooming – they are a beautiful sight! While you are in Washington DC,  you can visit museums, see the monuments, and enjoy learning about American culture and history!

Buy your tickets at the ELI Cashier’s Office at 189 W. Main Street, Monday – Friday, 1-4 p.m. You should buy your ticket by Tuesday, April 3.

Trip schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. One bus will pick up students at The Retreat (500 Hamlet Way)
  • 8 a.m. All buses depart from 318 S. College Ave.
  • 5:15 p.m. Students MUST meet the buses at the Smithsonian Castle.
  • Travel time to and from Washington, DC is about 2 hours.
  • Buses will drop students off at Rittenhouse Station, The Retreat, Studio Green, 318 S. College Ave., and the INNternationale.

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Learn how to live healthy at UD!

April 11, 2018 | 5-6:30 p.m. | 108 E. Main Street

The Food Project: Healthy Living at ELI

Join us for a fun, free, interactive evening as we discuss healthy eating habits in America, healthy options at UD, international healthy eating resources, and exercise awareness!

This even will be held at 108 East Main Street. Yes, there will be snacks and a prize!

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April 13, 2018 | Meet at 1:20 p.m. in the rear of 108 E. Main St.

Hike and Bike Session IV 2018Dust off your bike and get out and enjoy the fresh air as we hike and bike in the great outdoors of White Clay Creek State Park!

Bring your own bike or your own feet and meet us behind 108 E. Main Street.

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ELI Reading Challenge

Whoever reads the most books in one session will win a Starbucks gift card! This activity is happening throughout the session. How to participate:

  • Read any book that you want.
    • Note: The book must be appropriate for your reading/writing level. If you are not sure about whether your book qualifies, ask an SALC staff member.
  • Go to the SALC (108 East Main Street) and pick up a Reading Challenge Form.
  • Complete the form (answer a few questions on it) and then submit it to the SALC staff.
  • Repeat!

If you have any questions, visit the SALC website or talk to an SALC staff member.

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ELI Book ClubBook Club

Join the ELI Book Club this session and improve your English reading skills, vocabulary and fluency! With the ELI book club, you’ll get to read a new book every session, meet new people and learn more about American literature.

Participants meet at the SALC (108 E. Main St.) every week. This club is open to students at R/W Level III and above. Sign up at the SALC at 108 East Main St. or click here.

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Speaking appointments at the SALC
Speaking appointments Session III 2018

What a great way to practice your English! All session long, the SALC staff will be available to help you to practice your conversation skills. Simply sign up for an appointment here.

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“Friends Couch” at the SALC

Come join the conversation with UD students as they “hang out” at the SALC! To participate, just take a look at the calendar on the SALC website to see when conversation times are scheduled. Then, just show up and meet some new people!

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ELI Guitar Club

Every Thursday | 108 East Main St. Room 209 | 5-6 p.m.

Guitar club Session IV 2018

This is an ELI club for beginner and intermediate guitarists and anyone interested in learning or teaching how to play the guitar. Contact Ross Fenske or Mikki Washburn if you are interested and would like more information! You can also joim the UD ELI Guitar Club Facebook group. P.S. Don’t forget to bring your guitar if you have one!

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ELI Running Club

Every Monday and Thursday | 2:15 p.m. | 108 East Main St. Student Lounge

ELI Running club

Join us as we get in shape!

This is a club for all levels of physical activity, not just running! Your current fitness level does not matter. If you are interested in getting in shape for summer, losing weight or increasing your athletic ability, you’ll want to join our club!

To start bringing some exercise into your life, join us at our first meeting and workout on Monday March 12 and Thursday March 15 at 2:15 p.m. in the Student Lounge at 108 East Main St.  Be a part of a team!

For more information, contact Lindsay Pennington (coach)

International Coffee Hour

Every Friday | 4-6 p.m. | Old College Hall

international coffee hour

Grab a cup of coffee (or tea) and snacks at this weekly event sponsored by the Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS). Meet and mingle with old and new friends from around the world.

For more information, visit: International Coffee Hour

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