English as a Second Language (ESL)

Concordia University has established the English Language Institute to help students who speak English as a second language.  Serving primarily international students, the full-time intensive program offers students:

  • Small classes
  • 21 or more class hours per week of English instruction
  • Experienced teachers with specialized training in teaching English as a second language
  • A focus on the practical use of English for academic purposes
  • Active learning opportunities in class and outside of class
  • Various start dates throughout the year
  • Assistance in understanding and adapting to a new culture          


Key features of the program:

  • An alternative to the TOEFL or IELTS for showing English proficiency for admission to CUW
  • Preparation for transition to full-time academic study at CUW
  • Full-access to CUW’s wonderful facilities in a beautiful, friendly, and safe setting along the shores of Lake Michigan

The English Language Institute understands the transitions you will be making as you begin your adventure in the USA.  Our goal is to help you feel at home while you are in the USA and to help you succeed in achieving your goals.