DEFT Application Instructions



Thank you for your interest in the Delaware EFL Teacher Training (DEFT) program!

Applying for DEFT is as easy as 1-2-3.


If you have any questions about the application process, please contact the ELI Admissions Office.

1. Complete the DEFT application.

The DEFT application is available online.

2. Submit the required documents.

Submit the following documents with your application by email.

A copy of your passport.
Send us a copy of the full page that contains your biographic information including the machine readable section at the bottom.

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Proof of financial resources.
This can be a bank statement or a bank letter, and it must:

  • Show the name of the account holder (either your name or the name of the person who will pay for the student’s studies) written in the English alphabet
  • Show the date (the bank statement must be no more than 3 months old)
  • Show the amount of money in your account. It must show $5,646 US (or the equivalent in your home country’s currency) for each session you will attend.
  • Be written in English.

A letter of sponsorship.
Some important information:

  • This is only necessary if someone else will pay for your studies.
  • If your family or a friend will pay for your studies, please ask them to create and sign a letter of sponsorship.
  • If your sponsor lives in the USA, the letter of sponsorship must be notarized.

See and download a sample letter of sponsorship >

3. Pay the deposit and express mail fee

​All applicants to this program are required to pay US $300 when they submit the application. This is the non-refundable tuition deposit ($300).

If requesting paper copies of the I-20 or DS2019, please also include the express mail fee ($65).

Note: The tuition deposit of $300 will be subtracted from the student’s first tuition bill.

Failure to pay these fees will result in the delay of your application process. Please pay these fees with a credit card by using our secure online payment form.

Additional Information

Application Processing Time

Once all documents have been received, we will process your application and send the I-20 form to you by express mail within 1-2 business days (“business days” in the USA are Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday only).

Application Terms and Conditions

By submitting the application to the ELI, the applicant:

  • Certifies that the information submitted on the application is correct.
  • Certifies that he/she is registering for this program and that he/she is responsible for meeting all costs associated with the program.
  • Gives the ELI permission to report his/her progress updates and transcripts to his/her sponsor (if applicable).
  • Understands that, if he/she cancels his/her enrollment more than 30 days before my session start date, he/she will be eligible for a refund of the tuition deposit (less the express mail fee, if unpaid at the time that the application was submitted). The applicant understands that he/she will not be eligible for a refund of his/her tuition deposit until his/her original I-20 form (or DS-2019 form) is returned to the ELI.
  • Understands that the ELI will not defer his/her start date more than 2 times; if the applicant attempts to change his/her start date a third time, the ELI will cancel his/her admission.
  • Understands that, if he/she enters the United States using the ELI’s I-20 form and then fails to enroll at the ELI (example: if he/she transfers to a different school without attending at least 1 session at the ELI), he/she will be charged a $300 Early Withdrawal Administration Fee.
  • Agrees to the ELI Refund Policy.
  • Certifies that he/she has read these terms and conditions and the ELI’s housing conditions.
  • Agents: Applicants that are being assisted by an agent must include the agency name, email and full address on the application. Commission will not be available to agencies that do not include this information.

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