English as a Second Language

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Webster University is designed to help non-native speakers develop their English skills in an academic setting. Because Webster offers content-based ESL instruction, students undertake ESL classwork and classwork in content courses alongside American students. This way, ESL students learn how to interact with professors and student in a real academic setting while becoming accustomed to the linguistic rigors of undergraduate university work.

Please review the information about the program and Webster University below.

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    About the Webster ESL Program


The ESL program at Webster University- St. Louis consists of three levels - Intermediate, Upper Intermediate and Advanced/Bridge Level. The Intermediate and Upper Intermediate levels are Full-Program, ESL - only. However, the ESL program in St. Louis uses a sustained content-based approach, which means that every ESL student in Full Program ESL is enrolled in one undergraduate content course. Assignments and skills-work in all levels of the ESL program reflect the topics and assignments of typical American university coursework, and for Full Program students, they specifically relate to the undergraduate content course assignments.

English as a Second Language Academic Program »

Program Overview »

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ESL Placement Exams »

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    How to Apply


Students who wish to study ESL at Webster University should start the admissions process with our international admissions team.

International Admissions »

Students who wish to study ESL only can apply as non-degree seeking students. When students are filling out the non-degree application, when for the level of interest, click on "Undergraduate study" (ESL courses are undergraduate level courses). Then choose the St. Louis campus. For the term, choose "other". When it asks for courses, write "ESL study full time only."

Non-Degree Seeking Application »

Students who wish to continue after ESL as undergraduate students should follow the steps for admission for regular international undergraduate students.

International Undergraduate Admission »

Complete Enrollment and Application Information »

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    About Webster University & St. Louis


Minutes from St. Louis, Missouri, Webster’s home campus is nestled in Webster Groves, a charming and historic residential suburb of St. Louis. Webster Groves is known for Victorian homes, music stores, and unique restaurants that complement the theaters and green spaces on campus. St. Louis is nearby, with all the cultural and entertainment opportunities a historic metropolitan city has to offer.

Webster University students experience an ideal, student-centered environment with small classes and personalized learning. Our student body is diverse with students attending from across the United States and from more than 100 countries. In fact, diversity and inclusion are core values—we offer a welcoming environment.

Distinguished faculty members offer the right balance of global scholarship and professional experience. The beautiful and vibrant home campus located in Webster Groves offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in-classroom and online. 

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    Request Information & Review Academic Program


Webster offers different levels of ESL study to accommodate a variety of English proficiency levels, from our Full ESL Program to our Bridge Program – an abbreviated course of ESL study that gets students earning credits toward an undergraduate degree sooner.


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Review Academic Program » 


Points of Distinction »


English as a Second Language Course Catalog Information »

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    What Our Students Say



“One of the benefits to coming to Webster is that there is a strong connection with the rest of the world, and therefore there are many international students at the St. Louis campus. In and outside of the classroom, we talk a lot. Hence, thanks to the ESL program, I have many friends from several countries. This is my favorite part of being an ESL student.”

Keisuke Kassai
Political Science major and ESL student

ESL Student testimonial
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    Webster's Multicultural Center


The Multicultural Center and International Student Affairs offers both professional and developmental services that are tailored to meet individual needs. 

Professional Services Offered:

  • Advising and Advocacy
  • Cultural and Educational Programs
  • Diversity Training and Workshops
  • Immigration Advising
  • Orientation and Cultural Adjustment
  • Social Security Cards and Driver’s Licenses
  • Student Leadership Opportunities
  • Tax Assistance
  • Transportation
  • Additional services and assistance are available

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