What is HELI?
The Heidelberg English Language Institute (HELI) offers intensive English language training combined with cultural orientation to students whose native language is not English. Enrollment for the HELI is available at the beginning of each semester and prior to a summer session.
How HELI Works
For all new international students whose native language is not English, an Institute approved placement test is given upon arrival on campus, as well as an evaluation of written and speaking skills. Both on the results of English testing, students will be placed in one of three levels best suited to their language skills:
- All English language training (HELI)
- Transition (part HELI with some non-English courses)
- Full-time academic program
Courses are sequenced according to skill levels of English, with low - intermediate, intermediate, high-intermediate, and advanced levels. All HELI classes are on the regular academic schedule, meeting 12-15 hours (including labs) each week.
Once English language skills are sufficient, Heidelberg offers a transition program wherein students may take academic classes while still building English language reading, writing, and speaking skills. Students may earn a total of 12 hours of credit for advanced HELI courses, which may be applied toward a degree at Heidelberg University. A certificate is given to students who successfully complete the HELI program.
Heidelberg requires international students to become competent in the English language before studying in the full academic program. To enter full-time academic status, students must have a TOEFL score of 550 on the PBT or 79 on the iBT, and provide proof of excellent English written and spoken skills on campus.
Other educational opportunities
- Computer classes
- Field trips to area sites
- Conversation Partner program
- World Student Union
- Host families