The English Language Institute (ELI) provides comprehensive immersion programs in English as a Second Language to international as well as a few American students. American Sign Language (ASL) and cultural studies courses are also offered, enabling students to gain proficiency in English and ASL in order to qualify for, and thrive after, admission to Gallaudet or other U.S. universities.

The English Language Institute (ELI) does not require applicants to take the ACT, SAT, TOEFL, or any other test before they apply for admission to the ELI program.  The ELI accepts applicants with emergent to advanced ESL skills.  Other ELI admission criteria are listed below. 

  • Both international and domestic applicants can be admitted
  • Has finished high school, college, or the highest secondary schooling possible in their home country.  Transcripts should include some form of separate writing class and reading class, math, history, science, and geography classes.  These classes represent a liberal arts education. In certain circumstances and on a case-by-case basis, the ELI admission requirement for a secondary school certificate of completion / high school diploma can be waived.
  • Deaf or hard of hearing applicants are eligible for admission.  Hearing people who plan to major in deaf-related fields or hearing professionals who work with deaf or hard of hearing clients are eligible.
  • Age 17 or older 

Please note that admission to the ELI does not constitute admission to the undergraduate or graduate programs at Gallaudet University.

Detailed information, admissions procedures, and requirements for the ELI program are available at: English Language Institute.