English as a Second Language (ESLI)

English as a Second Language International (ESLI) is an accredited intensive English language program located 20 minutes from UW-Superior on the campus of the University of Minnesota-Duluth. ESLI is for students who are interested in attending university but need to improve their English.

Options for Studying with ESLI

ESLI pre-university studies

  • Students apply to the university for a degree program but study at the ESLI center for English language study before beginning their degree program. Conditional admission students receive a Form I-20 (document needed to apply for an F-1 visa) from ESLI and a letter of conditional admission (pre-admission approval) to UW-Superior from the university. Students apply to UW-Superior for a degree program but study at the ESLI center on the University of Minnesota-Duluth (20 minutes from UW-Superior) for language study. Conditional admission students receive a Form I-20 20 (document needed to apply for an F-1 visa) from ESLI and a letter of conditional admission (pre-admission approval) from UW-Superior.

  • ESLI students do not need to take TOEFL or IELTS. Students begin their university degree studies after they have successfully completed ESLI. 

ESLI Only

UW-Superior offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses for students who have been admitted to UW-Superior as an undergraduate student and need some ESL instruction during their first semester. The university does not offer a full-time English language program.

How to Apply

View more information about how to apply, deadlines and costs, and contact information.

Email: Contact ESLi International at: admissions@esli-intl.com.

The ESLI program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth

Students who have been conditionally admitted to UW-Superior should enroll in the ESLI program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth (UMD), approximately 20 minutes from UW-Superior by car. The ESLI program offers an intensive English program of 20 hours of instruction per week in reading, writing, listening and speaking, and grammar. The programs offers five levels, each one semester long, ranging from basic up to the pre-university level. When students enroll at ESLI, they take a placement exam to determine which level of instruction is appropriate.

ESLI students have many opportunities to interact with American students because they can live in the UMD residence halls, eat in the campus dining hall, use the recreational and library facilities, and participate in university student activities. There are also opportunities to visit UW-Superior while at UMD and participate in UW-Superior events. 

ESLI Accreditation

ESLI is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), according to the CEA standards.

Complaints against accredited programs and institutions.

Scholarships

Financial aid/scholarships worth $5,300 to $7,200 are available for many ESLI students after they qualify for admission to UW-Superior.

ESLI Semester Dates (Approximate)

Fall Semester: September (1st week) - December (3rd-week)

Spring Semester: January (3rd week) - May (3rd week)

Summer Semester: May (4th week) - August (1st week)

Costs

For semester costs of attending the ESLI at UWS program, please visit the ESLI webpage.

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