Resources for New & Current Students


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Welcome New Students

At the ELI, we work hard to meet or exceed our students’ expectations so that they have an enriching academic, professional and cultural experience. To do this, we provide our students with many resources so that they can be successful in their classes and so that they can become involved in campus life.

Arrival Information

What to expect when you arrive at the ELI

We try to make your arrival go as smoothly as possible!

Our Arrival Information page helps new students to plan their arrival in Delaware, including airport pick-up, housing, what to pack, etc.

Health and Medical Information

There are several health-related things that new students must know before they begin their program at the ELI.

All ELI students are required to prepare medical documents before they come to Delaware. They are also required to get certain vaccines (i.e., immunizations) and medical tests, and they must purchase health insurance.

See immunization requirements

See health insurance requirements

Housing Options

Where can I live as an ELI student?

The ELI offers several housing options to students. Students can live with American families, in apartments, or in our Global Community. The housing options available to students depend on their program (because some programs have specific housing requirements). We even offers housing to students who are traveling with their family!

Learn more about ELI housing

Financial Information

Quickly access instructions and links to make payments to the ELI, learn about ELI scholarships, and see program pricing.

See ELI Financial information

Dining Options

Where can I eat while I am studying at the ELI?

There are several dining options for ELI students. Some students buy a University meal plan, while others will eat with their homestay hosts. Some students choose not to buy a meal plan and will instead cook their meals or purchase them in many cafes in the Newark area.

Learn more about ELI dining options

Get Involved!

What can I do for fun in Delaware?

There are many ways to get involved in university life and in our community!

Learn more about our American Host Partner Program, our award-winning ELI Women’s Group, UD student organizations and events, and more!

Learn more about our virtual activities

Academic Resources

As an ELI student, you have the amazing opportunity to study in one of the most respected English programs in the United States. By challenging yourself in our programs every day, you will improve your English skills and be one step closer to achieving your goals.

We know that our programs are rigorous, so we offer many resources to help our students to be successful.

While many of us are working remotely, you can find important information on our Online Class Resources Guide.

You can also find answers to many of your questions about your class schedule and the systems (UD SIS, Canvas, etc.) on the ELI Registrar FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) page.

Setting up your UD email

You will access your UD email through G Suite. You will log in using your UDelNetID and password.

Your UDelNetID is the portion of your UD email before the It is also sometimes called your username.

  • You will receive an email asking you to create your University of Delaware account. Click on the unique link in your email and follow the instructions on the screen.
  • You have seven (7) days to set up your University of Delaware email account and two-factor authentication (2FA).
  • If you set up your account, but forget your password, you can create a new password at My UD Settings: Forgot My Password.
  • If you need help setting up your account, 2FA or resetting your password, visit the Self-Access Learning Center (SALC) at 108 East Main Street.

Here are step-by-step instructions for setting up your UD email in English (pdf), Arabic (pdf) and Chinese (pdf)

Will your family come with you to Delaware?

The ELI has a website with information to help students who are bringing their spouse or children with them to Delaware. Learn more about day care options, helpful stores, schools, and more.

See information for students with families

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