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Mathieu Milani

B.A. in Environmental Studies


There were many universities to choose from for my major but I chose to come to HPU because it was the best choice for me. This is my first time studying abroad for a lengthy period of time and I chose HPU because of its great reputation, environment and for the way that the Environmental Studies program allows students to study a mix of both science and business.


ELS Language Center at Hawai'i Pacific University

Here at Hawai'i Pacific University we are proud to offer English language instruction to students through our partnership with English language education provider English Language Services (ELS) since 2008.

About ELS

An international leader in academic English language preparation, ELS operates more than 50 centers throughout the United States (many of which are located on university campuses), as well as dozens of centers internationally.

ELS offers three distinct programs to meet each student's individual needs:

  1. English for Academic Purposes (EAP): designed for university-bound students, this is the most intensive option at thirty (30) lessons per week;
  2. Semi-Intensive: a mid-level program, offering twenty (20) lessons per week;
  3. American Explorer: strictly for tourists (B-1 visa) or local students, offering fifteen (15) lessons per week.  Students enrolled in this program are not eligible for a student, or F-1, visa.

All options have coursework that is organized into four-week sessions, of which there are twelve (12) sessions total.  ELS's program ranges from absolute beginner (ELS 101) to highly advanced academic preparation (ELS 112).  Students are evaluated for English ability upon their arrival at the center to begin coursework and are assigned to the appropriate session accordingly.  As such, the length of time that it takes for students to complete ELS 112 varies from student to student.


Completion of Level 112 of ELS's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program satisfies HPU's English proficiency requirement. If students do not meet HPU's required level of English proficiency at the time of application, "conditional letters of admission" are available to students who meet HPU academic requirements but have not yet satisfied the minimum English requirement.*

ELS is also HPU's proud partner in providing the Academic Foundations Program (AFP), a unique study opportunity where students meeting a certain level of English proficiency (via the TOEFL or IELTS) can receive general education credit while working to meet the university's minimum English proficiency.  To learn more, click here.

To learn more about ELS and their center located on HPU's downtown campus, click here.

*Students who do not meet Hawaii Pacific University’s English requirement and wish to complete an ELS program will need to apply to both ELS and Hawai'i Pacific University.  To access the ELS application, click here.

Are you a current ELS student looking to transfer your SEVIS record to HPU?  Click here to access the Student SEVIS Transfer-In Form, including instructions for filling out and submitting the form to HPU.