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.

ESL classes are small, interactive, and lively to encourage active student participation and to give instructors more time with each individual student. Our expert faculty work hard to provide both a high-quality education and a supportive, culturally-inclusive environment for everyone in the ESL 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.

ESL Program Overview »

Points of Distinction

  • We offer multi-skill TOEFL preparation for students who are looking to improve their test scores. Lower level ESL classes incorporate skills essential to TOEFL success.
  • All Webster University ESL instructors have a master's degree in TESL/TEFL. Many work as a teacher trainers, and have years of experience teaching English both in the U.S. and abroad.
  • ESL students have access to the latest technology tools available for enhancing language learning, including electronic classrooms, online discussion tools, and video and audio equipment.
  • Very advanced ESL students have the opportunity to begin working toward a Webster undergraduate or graduate degree while still enrolled in ESL courses.
  • After becoming proficient in English, ESL student are eligible to apply to study abroad at one of Webster University's international campuses.

English as a Second Language Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

Additional Information