Do I have to take ESL (English as a Second Language) classes?
Students who enter UH Hilo with a TOEFL score of at least 500 (paper-based TOEFL), 61 (iBT), or 5.5 IELTS are not required to take ESL classes. Non-native English speaking students with English language test scores below these scores or with no test scores are admitted into the English Language Institute (ELI) and may be required to take ESL classes, depending on how you do on the placement assessment tests.
What is the English Language Institute (ELI)?
The English Language Institute provides English as a Second Language instruction for non-native English speakers.