Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who is eligible to utilize the services provided by the ELI?
A: International University of Chicago degree students (PhD, Master's, College) and postdoctoral researchers. Other affiliates (UChicago staff, faculty, non-degree visiting scholars) are accepted on a case-by-case basis. Partners and spouses of students, postdocs, and affiliates are also accepted on a case-by-case basis. 

Q: How much do the ELI services cost?
A: For 2017-18, the Academic Year Courses cost $100 for materials. Individualized Instruction costs $50 an hour/session, and there is a 5-session minimum. The cost for AEPP 2018 has not been finalized yet. The ELI Conversation Hour and ELI Board Game Group are free. The ESL Writing Specialist services are also free to a certain group of students (and are sponsored by certain programs).

Q: What is the Autumn 2017 schedule? 
A: Academic Year CoursesIndividualized InstructionELI Conversation Hour, ELI Board Game Group, and ESL Writing Specialist services for the Autumn run from Mon October 2 to Friday December 1. (There are no classes or programming Mon November 20 to Friday November 24 for Thanksgiving.) 

Q: How do I register?
A: For Academic Year Courses and Individualized Instruction, there is a registration form here and here. For ELI Conversation Hour and ELI Board Game Group, first-timers who are not students or postdocs will be interviewed briefly by the facilitators, but otherwise there is no registration (attendees simply drop in). The ESL Writing Specialist will have a sign-up form made available to eligible students. For the AEPP, incoming students are able to express their interest via a university system called Slate; for those who do not have access to Slate, they are asked to contact their department or the ELI at esl@uchicago.edu