English As A Second Language (ESL) Center
A member of the 
American Association of 
Intensive English Programs

ESL Center

English as a Second Language courses at Oakland University are offered to meet the needs of all language proficiency levels: foundations, beginning, intermediate and advanced.  

Our courses are offered to international students, the general public, business professionals and their families.

The ESL Institute has moved to a new location as of August 25, 2016.

Come visit us!

One location to help and answer questions for all English Learners who attend Oakland University.

326 O'Dowd Hall (ODH) - Kathleen Gnau
and
328A O'Dowd Hall (ODH) - Melissa Vervinck, Director
We are located in the Global Engagement Offices!  
  • The English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute at Oakland University offers an intensive program to improve students' skills in English and to help each student reach his or her English language proficiency goals.
  • Courses are offered to meet the needs of all language proficiency levels: foundations, beginning, intermediate and advanced.  
  • Our courses are offered to international students, the general public, business professionals and their families. 

Conversation Partners

If you are an ESL student or an academic student at Oakland University, consider participating in our Conversation Partner program.  Native and non-native speakers of English are encouraged to join!  You can meet another Oakland University student to chat and to learn about other cultures while sharing a bit about your own culture, too.

Students who are interested in participating as a Conversation Partner click here.