ESL Program

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program will consist of:

  1. A placement testing requirement for all entering international students.  Students with a valid transcript from an institution where English has been established as the primary language of instruction and communication, and the institution has United States accreditations: based upon an interview with an International Student Admissions Associate, may have the ESL courses waived and be placed into college-level academic courses. To be potentially exempt from the graduate level research writing ESL 6150 course, students must provide official college transcripts from an accredited US institution that includes completion of a research writing curriculum within the past seven years. An interview with an Admissions Associate will also be required to determine placement.
  2. An interview with the International Admissions Associate
  3. A set of five courses: two at the intermediate level (ESL 101 and 102) and two at the advanced level (ESL 203 and 204). One course at each level focuses on grammar and writing; the second course at each level focuses on vocabulary and speaking. An additional course (ESL 6150) is required for graduate students who do not meet the research writing exemption requirement.

Based on the results of the LOEP evaluation, it is anticipated that some students will be determined academically ready to take the general English placement tests and enter academic courses immediately.

F1 students (those in the U.S. on an Education Visa) will be held to the TOEFL cut-off score required for admission into Wilmington University. Upon application to WU they will be expected to complete the same testing/evaluation process as all other International students.

If an international student has not previously attended an accredited English-speaking college or university, he/she will be required to take the TOEFL and obtain a score of at least 61 on the Internet-based test (IBT) or 173 on the computer-based test (CBT), minimum IELTS score of Band 5.5 or greater, or the successful completion of 12 credit hours from an accredited American institution.

As a part of the admissions process, Undergraduate and Graduate level International students will:

  1. Complete the Accuplacer Levels of English Language Proficiency (LOEP) test.
  2. All students will then meet with the International Student Admissions Associate for placement at the appropriate level (Intermediate or Advanced) based on their Accuplacer score and a personal interview.
  3. Undergraduate students placed into the Intermediate level are also required to complete the Advanced level.
    • Undergraduate students successfully completing the Advanced level courses with a minimum grade of 'B' will then proceed to the general Accuplacer Placement Tests and be placed into the appropriate degree course work.
    • Graduate students must complete ESL 6150 either before or in conjunction with their first semester of degree courses.