As an ELI student, you are required to have health insurance the entire time you are in the program. Health insurance policies may be purchased through the ELI upon your arrival in Jacksonville. Personal policies, government policies, and sponsor-provided policies will only be considered in place of policies offered through the Institute prior to your arrival on campus. In order to be considered as a substitute policy, policies must be officially translated into English, comprehensive and current, and contain a repatriation / medical evacuation benefit (see the International Programs and Services web page to compare insurance coverage). You may fax a copy of the policy, or send it via mail to the Institute administration for consideration. Upon arrival on campus, if you do not have health insurance that has been previously approved by the ELI administration, you will be required to buy insurance offered through the Institute. You may not register for classes without ELI-approved health insurance.
You are not required to stay in campus housing. If you want to live off campus, you must independently find housing, and it is sometimes more convenient and less expensive to stay on campus. Most of the students at the ELI choose to live on campus and reside in Stadium Tower. This dorm is designated for international students and is open all year. Stadium Tower is the newest dorm on campus and offers apartment-style living conveniently located near the ELI. If you would like to see more information about the dorm rooms, please visit JSU Housing.
Payment for tuition, housing, and meal plan are due within 24 hours of your arrival on campus.
The purchase of a meal plan is required for students living on campus. Below are your four options.
Unlimited Meals with $25 Flex
Unlimited access to Hopper Dining Hall throughout the session. Includes $25 in flexible spending over the session at the retail outlets.
14 Meals Per Week with $65 Flex
Provides 14 meals throughout the week at Hopper Dining Hall. Includes $65 in flexible spending over the session at the retail outlets.
8 Meals Per Week with $175 Flex
Choose any 8 meals throughout the week at Hopper Dining Hall. Includes $175 in flexible spending over the session at the retail outlets.
Block 35 Plan with $300 Flex
Choose any 35 meals throughout the session at Hopper Dining Hall. Includes $300 in flexible spending over the session at the retail outlets.
The campus cafeteria offers a great selection, and serves meals three times per day. In addition to the cafeteria, you may also use your flex dollars for eating at the following retail outlets:
Freshens Smoothie Bar & Energy Zone
Baja Fresh Mexican Grill
The Gamecock Express provides on-campus transportation. In addition, there are city routes to take you to local dining and shopping. The Gamecock Express is free of charge to all students.