ESLi - English as a Second Language International at the University of Wisconsin-Superior

English as a Second Language International (ESLi) is an accredited intensive English language program on the University of Wisconsin-Superior campus 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.
  • After successfully completing the ESLi program, academically qualified students are guaranteed admission to UW-Superior if they complete the application process. ESLi students do not need to take TOEFL or IELTS. Students begin their university degree studies after they have completed ESLi.

ESLi only

Students study intensive English for 1 or 2 semesters in the ESLi center but do not intend to enter the university for academic studies.

How to Apply

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

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The ESLi program at UW-Superior

ESLi 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 live in the UW-Superior residence halls, eat in the campus dining hall, use the recreational facilities, and participate in university student activities such as the UW-Superior World Student Association.

Advice to New ESLI Students from a Current Student

See what an ESLI student thought you should know before you travel to Superior.

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

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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)


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


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