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Increase reading, writing, and oral English proficiency through an engaging arts-based English as a Second Language (ESL) curriculum.


ESL Institute Curriculum

The English as a Second Language Institute (ESLI) helps improve reading, writing and oral English proficiency for international students through a specially designed curriculum that combines ESL and the arts. Undergraduate students who successfully complete ESLI and matriculate into an undergraduate degree program receive 3 UArts college credits toward graduation.

The curriculum includes the following features:

  • Small classes and personal attention
  • Creative and experienced instructors
  • Studio art, design, and music lessons
  • Classroom practice in oral communication strategies for art, design, and performance studies
  • College-level reading and writing assignments focusing on art, design, and performance
  • Field trips, social activities and participation in Univesity of the Arts programs and events

2019 ESL Institute Program Dates

  • Summer Session (8 weeks)
    June 17 - August 11
  • Fall Session (15 weeks)
    August 26 - December 13
    International Student Orientation begins August 19