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Studying at the University of Delaware ELI is a once in a lifetime experience! To get the most out of your time here, we highly encourage our students to participate in many activities and to take advantage of the services at UD and the ELI.
We also very much welcome UD students to get involved!
Our greatest desire is for everyone to have an enriching and transformative experience–while improving their language skills!
About UD and the ELI
There are a approximately 23,774 students studying at the University of Delaware (UD), including both undergraduate and graduate students, and UD has seven colleges that offer 149 Bachelor’s degree programs and 132 Master’s degree and 62 doctoral programs. The university prides itself in establishing opportunities for student activity and engagement, and offers over 400 different Registered Student Organizations, or clubs, for students to lead and participate in, as well as many events on campus throughout the year.
At the UD English Language Institute (ELI), we are known as a “little United Nations”, we teach 550-650 students each session from 30+ countries around the world. As part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the ELI aims to help international students to become engaged within UD’s campus. We encourage our students to interact with American students, to not only help them improve their English language skills, but to also help them integrate into American culture while sharing their own cultures with the community.
Most students attend the ELI for academic, cultural, and professional development. Students at the ELI come at various levels of English proficiency, from basic beginners to high-advanced learners. Around 60-70% of our students are bound for American universities after they complete their English language studies with us.
What does all of this mean?
Well, it means that that there are many opportunities for UD and ELI students alike to become involved on campus and to meet each other while studying here – you too can become involved in cultural exchange and language learning experiences, and hopefully by doing so you will cultivate friendships that spread across the globe and last a lifetime!
How can I get involved?
Some of the activities that we have available for students include:
Weekly Activities, Trips, and Events
The ELI hosts activities, cultural trips, and events for all ELI students throughout the session, things such as trips to New York City or Washington DC, dance parties, Meet & Greet picnics, and more!
Check the weekly Orientation Express Newsletter, e-mailed to all current students, to find out about these upcoming events.
Don’t receive the email? Sign up now.
American Host Partner Program
The American Host Partner Program creates the opportunity for international and American students to meet and share language and culture. International students at the ELI can apply to be paired with an American Host Partner.
Pairs meet up during the month and receive prizes for meeting up often.
Note: Students do not live with American hosts. For information about living with an American family, visit the Homestay page of our website.
Women’s Life Support Group
The Women’s Life Support Group supports women of diverse cultural background transition to American culture. We share conversations about cultural identity and challenges faced in daily life.
The group provides a safe space to build cross cultural friendships and is open to both ELI and UD female students.
UD Registered Student Organizations
From the the 8-Bit Orchestra (a club about video game music as an art form) to Zumba Club, there are over 400 different RSOs to choose from!
As an ELI student, you cannot vote as a matriculated member, but you can participate in most activities and events with American students.
Note: This is currently only available for Cohort students.
Positions for UD students
If you are a UD student, you can also get involved with the ELI by applying for one of our available student positions:
American Global Fellow (AGF)
The Global Community is an off-campus, cross-cultural residential program located in the Retreat at Newark and Rittenhouse Station apartments.
Within the each apartment in the Global Community, 1 American Global Fellow (AGF) lives with 3 international roommates. The AGF serves as a friend and mentor to their roommates.
Contact the Orientation Coordinator, Tim Kim, to learn more about becoming an AGF and how to apply.
Bridge Program Student Leader
Part-time positions as Bridge Leaders for university math, computer science, business, and humanities are available for high-achieving undergraduate students, teaching adjuncts, TAs, or other teaching professionals who are interested in working with international students.
The Bridge Leader supports, teaches academic study skills and strategies, and advises academically bound international students in the ELI as they take 1-2 UD courses along with their language courses.
To apply, you can send your resume to Julie Lopez, the Bridge Program Coordinator.
CAP Cohort Mentor
As a part of our Conditional Admissions Program (CAP), Cohort Mentors help students with learning beyond the classroom environment.
Cohort Mentors lead students through a series of progressively challenging academic, social, and service activities that increasingly immerse the students into all dimensions of university life.
For example, ELI cohort students and their American student mentor might join clubs, do community service, and discuss the content of interesting books together. They will develop close relationships that will become an important part of the CAP students’ educational experience.
To apply to become a CAP Cohort Mentor, contact Karen Asenavage, Associate Director of Academic Programs.
The student and tutor together make an instructional plan which might include:
- assistance with class assignments;
- work on individual problems with English;
- questions about American culture;
- conversation skills practice;
- and more!
If you are interested in applying to become a tutor at the ELI, please contact Ken Hyde, the Tutoring Center Coordinator.
Note: you must have a bachelors degree to be eligible for this position.
“Like” the ELI’s Official Facebook Page!
This is a great way to also connect with current ELI students, staff, and ELI alumni, and to see current information about upcoming ELI events and activities. (You must have a Facebook profile in order to follow the ELI’s Facebook page).
Here is how to join:
1. In your web browser, visit http://www.facebook.com/UdelELI.
2. Log in to your Facebook account (if you have not already done so)
3. Click on the “Like” button and start following the ELI!
Who can I contact?
|American Global Fellows (AGFs)||Tim Kim
|American Host Partner Program||Tim Kim
|Bridge Leader||Julie Lopez
Bridge Program Coordinator
|CAP Cohort Mentor||Karen Asenavage
Associate Director of Academic Programs
|Intramural Sports Sign-up||Tim Kim
|ELI Social Media||Tabitha Groh
|Tutoring Center||Ken Hyde
Tutoring Center Coordinator
|Women’s Support Group||Anne-Claire Frank-Seisay