International Students

Study Internationally in the Heart of Ohio

Diversity and cultural understanding – that’s the Urbana way

A diverse campus population is what we’re all about. Because we’re home to international students from countries across the globe, you’ll find a truly immersive living and learning experience where you’ll gain exposure to and appreciation for different cultures, customs and ideas.

The Office of International Studies (OIS) is committed to preparing our students for a challenging and fulfilling career. Additionally, OIS helps to set our international Blue Knights up for success with competing in a changing employment landscape, meeting their studying needs on the campus, and providing them opportunities to learn about other cultures, languages and countries.

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There are a few things you need to know before applying. Take a look at the Admission Process and Requirements, and please, let us know if you have any questions.

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English as a Second Language (ESL)

Get a firsthand look at American culture, traditions and customs, all while learning and perfecting the English language at Urbana University.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) immersion program offers listening, speaking, reading, writing and culture courses. Through excellence in teaching, individual attention, demanding coursework, and self-reflection, our program offers students a unique learning experience to prepare them for college-level study, in addition to learning the English language for personal growth. And if you’ve completed a secondary education or equivalent, you’re eligible. College credit for UU's ESL courses can be applied toward your degree as elective hours.

The program is designed for students whose native language isn’t 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
  • English Grammar
  • Composition in English
  • Academic Reading in English
  • American Culture
  • Integrated Skills

ESL students are admitted to the University, after they have successfully completed the program and meet all other admission requirements.


Urbana University and Topica (a company organized under the laws of Vietnam) have entered into a partnership where students taking courses at Topica affiliated universities may receive transfer credit at Urbana University. 

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