English as a Second Language Program

Absorb American culture, traditions, and customs while learning English at Urbana University!

The pre-college English as a Second Language (ESL) immersion program at Urbana University promotes learning the English language—specifically in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, writing, and critical thinking—from the quiet, charming Ohio city of Urbana. Through excellence in teaching, individual attention, demanding coursework, and self-reflection, our program offers a unique learning experience to prepare students for college-level study or to simply learn the English language in the United States.

The program is designed for students whose native language is not English. The 16 week fall and spring semester courses (10 week semester in the summer) are taught on Urbana’s main campus and offer a full day of instruction in:

  • Oral Communication in English
  • Grammar of English
  • Composition in English
  • Academic Reading in English
  • American Culture Orientation

When ESL students successfully complete the program and meet all other Urbana University admissions requirements, they will be granted automatic admission to the University. 

From Our Alumni

"Every time I write, I think of Dr. George.  He set me free in my love of writing by demanding that students strive for excellence."

-Kit Billings
Class of '91