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English as a Second Language (ESL) Programs

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Felician University’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is a comprehensive ESL program with year-round intensive language instruction and cultural immersion. Our program prepares you to enroll in a degree program, enter a competitive job market, or simply improve your listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

In our ESL Program, full-time students study for 23 hours a week and must enroll for a minimum of four weeks. Classes are kept to an average of 10 students to ensure students receive a lot of personal attention. In addition to classroom learning, our University campus provides a total immersion experience – ESL students interact with American students, live in the residence halls, participate in clubs, sports, campus activities and explore New York City. We also offer short-term camps and programs.

ESL Programs

Intensive English Program

In this year-round and intensive program, you are challenged to progress quickly by studying 23 hours a week. The Intensive English Program offers four, 16-week levels from beginner to advanced. Non F-1 students may also choose to study our Intensive English as a Second Language Program part time, if your schedule does not permit the full course of study.

Program Highlights
  • 23 hours of English instruction per week
  • Small class size
  • Classes in reading, writing, conversation and grammar
  • Elective classes such as U.S. culture, cilm, vocabulary, and pronunciation
  • Four levels of instruction; 16 weeks per level
  • TOEFL preparation
  • Placement exam upon arrival
  • Cultural activities including trips to New York City and Philadelphia
  • Customizable programs
  • Scholarships for undergraduate study
  • ESL Academic Bridge Program
  • On campus housing with other American and international students

Part-Time Intensive English Program

Non F-1 students have the option to study in our ESL program on a part-time schedule. Part-time students can choose to study between one to three English core courses and/or three hours of elective courses at their appropriate English level. Students who are part time can only study less than 18 hours per week. Costs for this program can be found under ESL Tuition & Fees.

Short-Term University Programs

University students on winter or summer break can participate in a four-week intensive English program designed to combine English instruction and cultural activities in one complete package. The Winter Program is scheduled in January/February and activities include ski trips, hockey games, ice skating and camp fires.  

The Summer Program for 2015 is scheduled in the month of July, dates TBA. Activities will include trips to a Broadway show, the Statue of Liberty, Woodbury Common outlet shopping, Six Flags Amusement Park, and a day trip to Philadelphia or Amish Country. To learn more, please email the Office of International Programs!

Customized Programs

Schools and universities can work with the Office of International Programs to design customized programs for groups of students. Past programs have been designed to meet the needs of students with a variety of goals by combining English instruction, university-level content classes and cultural activities. Contact the Office of International Programs for more information.

The English as a Second Language Academic Bridge Program

Successful completion of the ESL program (including passing an internally administered proficiency test) will allow you to enter a Felician University degree program without taking the TOEFL or IELTS. Students who have not taken the TOEFL/IELTS or with low scores may be admitted to a degree program with this conditionally admitted status.

Scholarships for University

The ESL Alumni Scholarship is awarded to outstanding students who complete all four levels of the ESL Program and would like to enroll in an undergraduate program at Felician University. Students who qualify may receive a minimum of $5,000 to put toward Felician University tuition and fees for any of our undergraduate programs. Programs include nursing, education, communications, English, criminal justice, computer science, biology and many more. To find out more about international scholarships, please visit our scholarships page.


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