ESL Institute/Department of Linguistics
O'Dowd Hall, Room 326
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
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Phone: (248) 364-8803
Fax: (248) 370-3587
esl@oakland.edu
Future Students

Future Students

ESL Institute

The ESL Institute is for all students who wish to improve their skills in English, from students with very limited proficiency skills to those who have more advanced proficiency skills, but who are not quite ready for academic coursework at an American university.  

  • Most visa holders are eligible for admission (contact esl@oakland.edu for eligibility questions).
  • Eight proficiency level
  • Full-time and part-time programs available.
  • Students will be provided an ESL Plan of Study upon completion of the ESL Online Placement Test to follow for course enrollment information.
  • Courses offered in reading, writing, speaking/listening and test prep.
  • Students do NOT receive academic credit for these courses; however, students may receive a certificate of completion if enrolled full-time and complete all courses satisfactorily (4 courses per semester).

Important

Full-time ESL Students (F-1 Visa Holders)
  • Students are required to enroll in three courses each 8-week term.
  • Students must attend four 8-week terms before eligible for a vacation semester.  
Part-time ESL Students (eligible visa types other than F-1 visa holders)
  • Students may take one or two ESL courses per 8-week term.
  • Students may take vacation semesters when needed.  
Goal: University Admissions
F-1 Students
If you are interested in pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree from Oakland University but you do not meet any of the English language proficiency requirements, you may begin your studies in English language training.

Future Graduate Students

  1. Apply to Oakland University Graduate Studies and Lifelong Learning
  2. Submit all required documents
  3. Must include English proficiency test scores within one of the following ranges:
    1. TOEFL iBT:  69 – 78
    2. MELAB:      73 – 76
    3. IELTS:        6.0
  4. Referred to the ESL Institute
  5. Student accepts being admitted to the ESL Institute.
  6. I-20 generated for language learning
  7. Complete all required ESL coursework
  8. New I-20 generated for academic program
  9. Matriculate into chosen graduate program

Future Undergraduate Students

  1. Apply to Oakland University for undergraduate degree
  2. Submit all required documents
  3. No proficiency test score is submitted nor does student meet any of the other English proficiency requirements.
  4. Referred to the ESL Institute
  5. Student accepts being admitted to the ESL Institute.
  6. I-20 generated for language learning
  7. Complete all required ESL coursework
  8. New I-20 generated for academic program
  9. Matriculate into chosen graduate program

IMPORTANT: Students who must obtain an F-1 visa to study in the United States are not eligible for conditional admissions.  Please, refer to  SEVP Policy Guidance S13.1: Conditional Admission

Goal: University Admissions
Non F-1 visa

For graduate students who are interested in pursuing a graduate degree at Oakland University, but do not meet any of the English proficiency requirements.  Students may begin their studies with language learning, or once they qualify, they can take courses to improve their language skills and academic skills concurrently.


Future Graduate Students

  1. Apply to Oakland University Graduate Studies and Lifelong Learning
  2. Submit all required documents
  3. Must include English proficiency test scores within one of the following ranges:
    1. TOEFL iBT;  69 – 78
    2. MELAB:      73 – 76
    3. IELTS:        6.0
  4. Referred to the ESL Institute for ESL courses while taking academic courses.
  5. Must take at least one ESL course each semester concurrently with academic coursework.
  6. Must complete all required ESL courses as listed on ESL Plan of Study or earn a qualifying test score on one of the accepted English proficiency tests.  
  7. Once all required ESL courses are completed, no additional ESL courses will be required.
J-1 Students
and Scholars
Non-matriculating J-1 exchange students have the option of taking up to three courses (4 credits each) in speaking and listening comprehension, reading and vocabulary development, and writing and sentence structure with other international students.  
  • A maximum of twelve OU credits per term can be earned.
  • ESL courses are 8-week terms.  
  • Students must take the ESL online placement test before registering for English language classes.  Please, email esl@oakland.edu for access to the test. 
  • Free workshops are offered to ESL students on a variety of topics to enhance students' learning. 
Corporate ESL
Instruction

Corporations interested in providing English as a Second Language instruction to their employees are encouraged to contact the ESL Institute for further information.

Kathleen Gnau

Program Assistant

248.364.8803

gnau@oakland.edu