Program in English as a Second Language

Program Type: College/University Affiliated
5134 Helen C. White Hall
600 N. Park St.
Madison, WI  53706- 

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Host Institution: University Of Wisconsin - Madison

Host City Size: 200,001 to 500,000

Year Established: 1950

Accreditations: North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Phone #: (608) 263-3780

Phone #2: (608) 263-3783



Application Contact Info: Please begin the application process here:
Course Schedule:
LevelClass hrs/wkLab hrs/wkCAI hrs/wkOther* hrs/wk

* Other Course Type: UW-Madison ESL classes begin at the low Intermediate level. There are no classes for beginners. During the Fall and Spring semesters, classes are held for 20 hours/week from 10 AM to 3:15 PM. Summer classes are held 20 hours/week and begin at 9 AM.

Additional Course Info: Classes make use of numerous educational and cultural activities available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the city of Madison as well as in the region. ESL students have access to all amenities of the university including student unions, libra

ESP Additional Info: Students are given the opportunity to choose test preparation classes for TOEFL or IELTS as well as cultural enrichment classes, current events classes and other electives available as part of the curriculum.

Test Preparation:
Test Typehrs/wk
Term Duration in WeeksStart Month

Program Size: 12

Program Size, Summer: 15

Average Class Size: 10

Minimum Class Size: 7

Maximum Class Size: 12

Middle East/North Africa25.00

Full-time Instructors: 4

Part-time Instructors: 0

Average Full-time Hours per Week: 20

Advanced Degree in TESOL or related field Full-time: 4

Advanced Degree in TESOL or related field Part-time: 0

Full-time Admin: 1

Part-time Admin: 1

Part-time study option: no

Tests used by the IEP for admission and proficiency: Cambridge, IELTS, TOEFL, Other

Admissions: All Applicants

Admission Conditions: At least 18 years old or high school graduate. At least lLw Intermediate level English skills. Applicants must provide official documentation of the source of funds for tuition and living expenses.

Visa Forms Issued: I-20, DS-2019

Pre-academic work completed in IEP eligible for college/university credit: no

Maximum Credits Eligible: 0

Conditions: English proficiency and readiness to do academic work recommendations are accepted for undergraduate programs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS scores.

IEP students can take academic courses at college/university: yes

Maximum Credits Avail.: 6

Degree Levels: undergraduate and graduate

I-20 Includes Academic Admission: no

Academic Admissions Conditions: Students must apply directly to academic programs separately can be taken in the ESL at undergraduate and graduate level.

TOEFL Required for Undergraduate Admission: no

If TOEFL is not Required, Test Used: TOEFL and IELTS are accepted. However, satisfactory completion of highest level of ESL program can substitute for either test.

TOEFL Required for Graduate Admission: yes

If TOEFL is not Required, Test Used: IELTS also accepted

Articulation Agreement(s): no


Fees: $340

Insurance Cost: $540

Insurance Details: Each semester, Fall and Spring, $224 for Summer

Other Costs: Books $250/semester

Campus Housing Availability: Available

Campus Housing Assistance Available: yes

Housing Costs: $9000

Housing Weeks: 16

Housing Cost Type: Room

Additional Housing Info:

Off-Campus Housing Availability: Readily available

Off-Campus housing Assistance Available: yes

Homestay Assistance Available: yes

Board Plan Availability: Board plan available

Board Plan Costs: $1200

Board Plan Additional Info: Food service is available at locations convenient to residence halls. Board funds are deposited on student ID card and food is purchased at a discounted rate over the semester.

Services Available: Academic Counseling, Academic Placement, Campus Orientation, Conversation Partners, Crosscultural Activities, Field Trips, Housing Assistance, International Student Advisor, Personal/Cultural Counseling, Recreational Activities, Visa/Tax Counseling

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