ESL: English as a Second Language Program

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Academic Admissions Requirements for ESL Students

Photo of student participating in a class discussionAll students whose native language is not English need to show proof that they are prepared for university level classes taught in English. The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) is a test commonly used to measure English proficiency. Your exam score on a test like this one will determine if you are first admitted into the ESL Bridge Program or if you can start taking a full load of academic courses during your first semester. Complete information about the tests we accept and minimum score requirements can be found on our International Student Admissions page.


Admission into the ESL Bridge Program

  • You will enroll in ESL classes with other English learners to improve your reading, writing, and speaking skills.
  • You may be allowed to enroll in one or more credit-bearing academic classes while you work to improve your English.
  • When your English improves to the level required for regular admission, you will enroll in full-time academic classes until finish your degree. Many students achieve this level after one or two semesters of EBP study.

The ESL Bridge Program is more than just classes! EBP students enjoy many services on campus to help them become successful English speakers.  We hope you will take time to learn more about the benefits of improving your English skills with our support.

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Questions, Comments, Suggestions?

If you would like more information about the ESL Bridge Program, please contact:

Dr. Genie Babb, Chair of the Department of English
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 203
Phone: (518) 564-5230