Feb 04, 2023  
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2022-2023 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2022-2023

English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

The Intensive English program offers language instruction for international students who have the goal of entering American colleges and universities or improving their ability to use English for professional purposes.  The program is accredited by the Commission for English Language Program Accreditation (CEA), and it holds membership in the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP).  ESL students at Xavier University receive instruction in English language and academic skills, including grammar, reading, composition, listening and pronunciation.  In addition, optional electives such as speaking, TOEFL preparation, and oral fluency are available on a rotating basis.  Please note that admission to the ESL program does not guarantee admission to a degree program at Xavier University; a separate application must be made for a degree program.

Levels of Instruction

The program offers four levels of instruction: beginning, intermediate, high intermediate and advanced.  The instructional methodology at each level is geared toward preparing students for academic study through an integrated, content-based approach.  Courses (except at the beginning level) are given some academic credit toward an undergraduate degree.


The program is offered three semesters each year: Fall (late August to mid-December - 16 weeks), Spring (mid-January to early May -16 weeks), and Summer (mid-May to early August - 12 weeks).  To provide flexibility in student placement and instruction, the Fall and Spring semesters are divided into two half-terms.  If space is available, students may enter the program at mid-term.


Admission to the intensive English program is not based on usual University requirements, although students must have completed high school before entering the program.  Applicants who want to pursue a Xavier academic degree must make a separate application as an undergraduate or graduate student.  Enrolled ESL students who are qualified to be admitted but lack the necessary English proficiency may enroll in a special conditional “bridge” level, which is a combination of advanced ESL courses and selected undergraduate courses.  A brochure is available upon request.