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The English as a Second Language Program (ESL) at Lewis University provides intensive, academic English language learning at the Advanced Level for students whose native language is not English. The ESL Program prepares students to enroll in and successfully complete a university degree program. The ESL Program focuses on the academic skills encountered in university classrooms, as well as adjustment to and understanding of U.S. culture. The program requires three hours of instruction per three-credit course and at least one hour of home study including computer lab work for each hour in class.   Students on an ESL visa must take 18 hours (6 courses) of ESL instruction a week.   After successfully completing the advanced ESL courses, the student will have English proficiency required to gain full admission into undergraduate programs and/or graduate programs.




Applicants must contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission for updates on Lewis University admission policies and processes with regard to English language competencies and entrance into the ESL program.  The ESL Program is designed for students

1) who have completed a high school diploma or its equivalent in their home country or the U.S.;

2) who are preparing to enter a Lewis University degree program; and

3) whose TOEFL score falls between 500 and 550;  IBT score falls between 60 and 79;  IELTS score falls between 5.0 and 6.0;  and Stepeiken Eiken score falls below Pre 1.  

The ESL Placement Examination is administered on or before the first day of class. The ESL Placement Examination is available in the Leckrone Academic Resource Center (LARC). 




ESL students are conditionally enrolled at Lewis University until fully admitted.  Students complete the ESL Advanced Level Program by earning a grade of C or above in all courses at the advanced level. There are six courses to complete at the advanced level while being concurrently enrolled in select Lewis University undergraduate courses.  Twelve hours is ordinarily considered full-time enrollment.  However, for students on an ESL visa, 18 hours of English language instruction a semester is considered full-time enrollment.  For admittance to Lewis University Graduate Programs, applicants must consult individual program requirements.   The Director of the ESL Program verifies when an ESL student  is ready to apply for full admission.  Students may also be fully admitted to Lewis University by earning a TOEFL score of 550 or more and meeting all admission requirements for a specific degree program.




An advanced level ESL course earns university credit and may be applied to the 128 hours necessary to graduate from Lewis University. 




The English as a Second Language Program at the Advanced Level at Lewis University provides academic English for international students.  Students also have daily home assignments, weekly assigned work in the computer lab, daily practice in conversation skills, and occasional outings in the community.  Six advanced level courses cover the following areas:  reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and American culture.




The Lewis University ESL Program normally offers two sessions per year. Classes during the Fall and Spring semesters meet for 16 weeks each.

To ensure individual attention for each student, class size is small, with 6 - 12 students enrolled in each course.  All ESL classes are taught by experienced professional faculty with advanced degrees.

Students have access to several computer labs on campus with full internet capability.  Each student receives an email account.  Students may also use the Lewis Library, with 165,000 volumes and access to numerous databases.  ESL students have all the privileges  other Lewis University students enjoy.  For instance, Lewis has a Student Fitness and Recreation Center free to enrolled Lewis ESL students, with indoor pool, track, exercise areas and weight rooms, and basketball / tennis / volleyball courts. All enrolled Lewis ESL students have free admission to theater, choral, and musical performances, lecture and movie series, special presentations, and athletic events.  

Advice on immigration and residence matters is available from our Office of International Student Services.  Students may join the Lewis International Students Association, which assists students in daily life, shopping, and travel. It also hosts group trips and the Annual Lewis International Festival (speakers, performances, and food fest). Each year the President of the University hosts a Thanksgiving dinner in the Fall semester and an Easter dinner in the Spring semester for international and out-of-state students.


To apply to Lewis University, visit www.lewisu.edu/admissions/international/

All official documents must be sent to Lewis University by express mail.