Academics
Areas of Study

The ELI program provides two semesters of instruction, an early summer six-week session, and, depending on student needs, possibly a late summer six-week session. The ELI program provides 18 to 25 hours of instruction per week during the semester. For the summer programs, the ELI program provides 15 weekly hours of instruction per six-week session. International ELI students are required to be enrolled for 18 hours of instruction to be considered active students by Homeland Security regulations.

The English Language Institute follows the undergraduate schedule for the academic year with some exceptions, which are listed below.

  • Arrival Day
  • ELI Student Orientation (ESO is required for all new ELI students)
  • Testing Weeks

Reminder: All ELI Students must complete business registration before they can attend any ELI classes.

If they fail to complete business registration, they cannot attend classes, and if they are not in class, they will be marked absent.

For international students with F-1 and J-1 visas, absences will be reflected in their immigration status.

Fall Semester

The fall semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December. It consists of sixteen weeks with a Thanksgiving holiday break in mid or late November.

Spring Semester

The spring semester begins in mid to late January and ends in mid- May. It consists of sixteen weeks with a week long Spring Break in mid-March.

Summer Sessions

The ELI program may elect to provide English Summer School in mid-May through June.

2022-2023 ELI Academic Calendar

Fall 2022

Aug 17 (Wednesday)

Arrival Day for New ELI Students

Aug 18-26

ELI Student Orientation (Required for all new ELI students)

Aug 27

All residence halls open at 10 a.m. for RETURNING students

Aug 29

Classes begin

Aug 30

Late Business Registration begins (fee charged)

Sept 3

Last day for Business Registration

Sept 5

Labor Day Holiday (no classes)

Sept 30

Final payment for Fall 2022 charges due (charges must be paid in full in order to register for Spring 2023 courses)

Oct 10-14

Midterm week

Nov 21–25

Fall Break (No classes during the week. University open Monday–Wednesday)

Dec 12

Classes end

Dec 13-16

Testing Week

Dec 18

All residence halls close at noon and Winter Break begins

Dec 25-Jan 1

Winter Break (University closed)

Spring 2023

Jan 9 – Monday

Arrival Day for New ELI Students

Jan 10-13

ELI Student Orientation (Required for all new ELI students)

Jan 14

All residence halls open at 10 a.m. for RETURNING students

Jan 16

Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday (no classes)

Jan 17

Classes begin

Jan 17

Deadline to waive health insurance charges

Jan 19

Late Business Registration begins (fee charged)

Jan 20

Last day for Business Registration

Feb 27 – Mar 3

Midterm Week

April 30

Final payment for Spring 2021 charges due (charges must be paid in full in order to register for Summer and Fall 2021 courses)

March 13-17

Spring Break

May 1

Classes end

May 2

Study Day

May 3-5

Testing Week

May 7

All residence halls close at noon

May 12

Commencement exercises

Summer 2023

May 15 – June 30

English Summer School

Contact Us

English Language Institute

HMB E253

(202) 250-2606

(202) 651-5721

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