English as Second Language (ESL)


ESL Program Overview

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.

Dates for the ESL Placement Exam »

Enrollment Options

Enrollment options are designed to meet the needs of ESL students at varying levels of English proficiency. Students are placed according to their scores on the Webster University Placement Tests and ESL coordinator recommendations.

Full Program 

Intermediate Level (ESLG 2000.01)
Students take 18 credit hours of ESL instruction at the Intermediate level. In addition, students attend ISTL 1000: Introduction to International Studies, the undergraduate class that provides content for ESL class instruction.

Upper Intermediate Level (ESLG 4000.01)
Students take 18 credit hours of ESL instruction at the Upper Intermediate level. In addition, students attend ISTL 1000: Introduction to International Studies, the undergraduate class that provides content for ESL class instruction, or they do independent content study. 

Bridge Program
Students take 6 credit hours of ESL instruction (3 credit hours per semester) at the same time as the coursework for their undergraduate or graduate degree. These 6 credit hours include:

ESLG 4000.06: Research Writing
ESLG 4050.01: ESL Seminar 

ESL Seminar
Students who wish to refine specific English language skills in such areas as citation, pronunciation, academic writing, or standardized testing may enroll in one- or two-credit individual instruction seminars.

ESL Course Content

Full program levels include six ESL courses per semester.  The core courses are:

Reading
Writing
Grammar

Those courses are offered every semester.  Other skills alternate semesters or are offered during the summer term. These courses include:

Pronunciation
Oral Presentation
Cultural Keywords
Study Skills
Academic Vocabulary

 Seminar in TOEFL, IELTS and testing skills (ESLG 4070) is offered only during the summer term and is not a part of the full program curriculum.

ESL Tuition/Fees 2016-2017

FULL PROGRAM (Intermediate/Upper Intermediate): 11 credits (though students attend 18 hours of ESL and 3 hours of content per week)

  • Students enroll in ten credits of ESL (at $550/credit hour, for a total of ($5,500) and one content course credit (at $670/credit hour).
  • The total tuition for one semester is thus $6,170. This figure does not include living expenses, fees, mandatory health insurance, or books and supplies.

BRIDGE PROGRAM: 6 credits (3 credits per semester)

  • Students must achieve specific scores on the placement test for this option. 
  • They will enroll in ESL for two semesters, taking one ESL class per semester at the same time as their degree program classes. 
  • ESL tuition is $1,650 per class.  Total = $3300.00 for both courses.

ESL SEMINAR: 1-3 credits

  • This option is available only by approval of the ESL coordinator.
  • Students who wish to refine specific English language skills, in such areas as research papers and oral presentations may enroll in the three-credit ESL Seminar ($1,650), or enroll in 1 or 2 credit individual instruction seminars. 

 

Enrollment Process


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

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."

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

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

Special note for students without the required TOEFL/IELTS score:

It is possible to gain admission for ESL study only without a TOEFL or IELTS score. Students without a standardized test can contact the ESL Coordinator directly via email or by phone to discuss their language learning history and determine if the ESL program is the right fit for them.

Because Webster’s ESL program starts at the intermediate level, we can not accommodate beginning level students at this time. 


For questions or to schedule a placement exam, please contact: