Welcome to the ELI!

Congratulations, you’ve been admitted to the English Language Institute! Now what? Check this list to see what you need to do to help you get ready for your life in Syracuse at the ELI.

Before you arrive in Syracuse, you should complete the following steps:


Once you arrive in Syracuse, here are your next steps:

  • Move into your new housing.
  • Attend new student orientation. Please bring the following documents and items with you to orientation:
    • I-20 or DS-2019
    • Passport
    • Health Documents
    • Proof of Health Insurance
    • Credit Card
  • Complete placement testing and receive your placement results.
  • Get an American phone number and/or SIM card.
  • Open a US bank account.
  • Check in at the Health Center for health clearance.
  • Buy your textbooks.
  • Attend your first mentor meeting.
  • Sign up for a conversation group and/or partner.