Get More for Your International Experience. Study in the Heart of Ohio
Located within driving distance of several major U.S. cities, international students who study at Urbana get the best of both worlds. On campus, you’ll find a close-knit community atmosphere where you’ll interact with students from across Ohio and around the globe. Urbana’s immersive living and learning experience enables you to gain a deeper understanding of different customs, cultures and ideas.
Count on the OIS to Guide You Along the Way
The Office of International Studies (OIS) helps you to build a foundation for a challenging and fulfilling career by preparing you to compete in an ever-changing employment landscape. OIS also helps to set our international Blue Knights up for success by accommodating your studying needs on campus and providing opportunities to learn about other cultures, languages and countries.
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.