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The ELI has a special Current Student Website that has all the information that you will need in order to manage your student life at the ELI.

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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.

Learn more  

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.

Learn more  

UD Registered Student Organizations

The University of Delaware offers a wide variety of Registered Student Organizations (RSOs), which are clubs created and led by students about many different topics.

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.

See the full list on the StUDent Central website  

See list of some of the clubs that we recommend  

Intramural Sports

Sign up to play sports with friends from the ELI and UD students through the Intramurals program. Some of the sports offered in the program include:

  • soccer;
  • American football;
  • basketball;
  • and volleyball.

Contact Tim Kim for more information.

UD Events

The University of Delaware offers many free events on campus for students that you can attend. Simply check the UD calendar of events to find out what is happening this week on campus!

See the UD calendar of events 

ELI Garden

The ELI has a community garden on its property, which is supported by various UD departments.

Working in the ELI Garden is a terrific way to interact with Americans while working on a useful–and delicious!–project.

Learn more 

Service Learning

Performing community service projects is a wonderful way to interact with Americans while improving helping the local community–and improving one’s English skills!

Note: This is currently only available for Cohort students.

Learn more  

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.

Visit the Bridge Program website   

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.

Watch a video about the program  

Tutor

Our tutors come from many different backgrounds. What they all have in common is a strong English ability, a commitment to helping their students, and an interest in sharing knowledge.

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.

ELI on Social Media

“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!

Then, follow us on Instagram!

Search for us: @udel_eli

Here, you can check out our photos of news, events, and more.
We also share student photos, so you could see your pictures on our feed too! Just use #udeleli when you post!

Contact us!

Who can I contact?

Contact List
ELI General ud-eli@udel.edu
American Global Fellows (AGFs) Tim Kim
Orientation Coordinator
tkim@udel.edu
American Host Partner Program Tim Kim
Orientation Coordinator
tkim@udel.edu
Bridge Leader Julie Lopez
Bridge Program Coordinator
julo@udel.edu
CAP Cohort Mentor Karen Asenavage
Associate Director of Academic Programs
kasen@udel.edu
Intramural Sports Sign-up Tim Kim
Orientation Coordinator
tkim@udel.edu
ELI Social Media Tabitha Groh
Communications Coordinator
tgroh@udel.edu
Tutoring Center Ken Hyde
Tutoring Center Coordinator
kenny@udel.edu
Women’s Support Group Anne-Claire Frank-Seisay
Housing Coordinator
acfrank@udel.edu

ELI Locations

Main Building

189 West Main Street
Newark, DE 19716

Central Building

108 East Main Street
Newark, DE 19711

South Building

318 South College Avenue
Newark, DE 19711

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