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Fall Semester :

        Start Date: Late August
        End of Classes: Mid December

Spring Semester :

        Start Date: Late January     
        End of Classes:
Mid May        


Niagara University's English as a Second Language (ESL) program is open to non-native speakers of English who are interested in participating in a challenging program that will quickly improve their language skills. Placement in the program is based upon a comprehensive language proficiency assessment. We offer four levels of ESL; level 4 is our Bridge to University, it is designed to prepare those students intending on continuing their university education in the United States. Niagara University does offer a conditional acceptance to our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Conditional acceptance occurs when your credentials are evaluated and all of our criteria for acceptance except English language proficiency is met. When conditional acceptance is awarded, full acceptance is automatic upon completion of Level 4 in the ESL program.  No other language testing will be required.

Coursework includes direct integrative teaching for skill development, independent study and practice, and lab work. International students have an opportunity to work and engage with other Niagara University students throughout their studies.

What To Expect

  • Those completing an upper level of ESL program will be prepared for English language requirements for freshman year or graduate studies
  • ESL students will be able to effectively listen to and speak with people of diverse backgrounds to fulfill communication tasks.
  • ESL students will demonstrate appropriate reading and critical thinking skills to process information related to their roles.
  • ESL students will demonstrate effective writing skills to fulfill writing tasks

Course Information

  • There are four levels in our ESL program. Students are evaluated and placed at the appropriate level. Many of our University-bound students enter at level 3 or level 4. Each level typically takes one semester to complete.
  • Three semesters are offered per year: spring, summer, and fall. Classes meet Monday through Thursday, approximately 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
  • Classes average 8-15 students and allow participants a maximum amount of individual attention and an opportunity to develop conversational skills.

Program Instructors

ESL (English as a Second Language) instructors are caring, experienced teachers with advanced degrees who utilize an integrative-skills approach in teaching and focus on listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar components.