English as a Second Language

The De La Salle Language Institute at Saint Mary’s offers an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program that allows students from non-English-speaking countries to improve their English while participating in the life of a North American university. Upon successful completion of the program, students may elect to continue their studies as full-time, degree-seeking students at Saint Mary’s.

Courses and TOEFL

The courses for the 16-week ESL program are in English as a Second Language, but students also study the history, traditions, culture, and customs of the United States. All courses work together to build students’ skills across all areas of English, including listening, speaking, reading, writing, and grammar.

When students have successfully completed the program and passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), they may choose to continue their studies as full-time, degree-seeking students at Saint Mary’s. For some students, the time spent in the intensive ESL Program prepares them for other career-related activity or further study in their home countries.

Course Description

The Intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is for students from non-English speaking countries who desire to improve their English language skills while participating in the life of a North American university. The major coursework is in English as a second language. In addition, students study the history, traditions, culture and customs of the United States. All coursework is based on integrated skills approach with listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar components. Students are housed in residence halls on campus and are encouraged to participate in various intramural and co-curricular activities and programs offered throughout the year. Several programs and trips are targeted specifically for international students as a means of personal support as well as spiritual and cultural enrichment. Upon successful completion of the internationally recognized Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), students may elect to continue their studies as full-time, degree-seeking students at Saint Mary’s. For some students, the Intensive ESL Program is preparation for other career-related activity or further study in their home countries. The ESL courses are numbered below 100 and do not count toward degree programs.

Students participating in the English as a Second Language program offered through the De LaSalle Language Institute must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 to be considered for matriculation to the undergraduate program at SMUMN.

Program Courses

  • ESL001, 002, 003 ESL Language Experience
  • ESL010 Pronunciation and Listening I
  • ESL011 Pronunciation and Listening II
  • ESL020 TOEFL I
  • ESL021 TOEFL II
  • ESL030 Customs and Culture of the U.S.A. I
  • ESL031 Customs and Culture of the U.S.A. II
  • ESL035 Public Speaking I
  • ESL036 Public Speaking II
  • ESL050 Beginning Reading Writing and Vocabulary I
  • ESL051 Beginning Reading Writing and Vocabulary II
  • ESL065 Intermediate Reading, Writing and Vocabulary I
  • ESL066 Intermediate Reading, Writing and Vocabulary II
  • ESL068 Beginning Grammar I
  • ESL069 Beginning Grammar II
  • ESL075 Intermediate Grammar I
  • ESL076 Intermediate Grammar II
  • ESL080 Beginning Conversation I
  • ESL081 Beginning Conversation II
  • ESL085 Intermediate Conversation I
  • ESL086 Intermediate Conversation II
  • ESL095 Research Writing
  • ESL098 Fiction I
  • ESL099 Fiction II

Language Support

We offer one-on-one time with ESL instructors, individualized tutoring, and conversation partners.

Activities

Sponsored by the International Center, programs and events are designed specifically for international students to provide support, cultural enrichment, and cultural sharing with the campus community. In addition, students participate in various college activities and programs offered throughout the year.

ESL Program Admission

Required Documents:

  • Application Form — Please complete the online Saint Mary’s application (there is no application fee).
  • After logging in, choose ESL under Student Type and fill in the application.
  • Official Transcripts — Provide copies of all high school (secondary school) and any university (post-secondary) grade reports as well as any national standardized test results. If the transcripts are not issued in English, transcripts in the original language and English translations by an official, certified translator must both be sent.
  • Financial Verification Document — Provide original bank statement, investment statement or government support letter showing proof that your financial sponsor has sufficient, readily-available funds to cover your attendance at Saint Mary’s for at least 1 year.
  • Passport Identification Page(s) — Copy your passport showing your full name, birth date, and passport expiration date.

Send your transcripts and financial verification document by postal mail to:

  • International Admission
  • 700 Terrace Heights #2
  • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota
  • Winona, MN 55987-1399, USA

Deadlines for Applying

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota – Winona Campus offers "rolling admission" to students applying for admission. As long as there is space and time available for students to be accepted and enrolled, the application process will remain open.

For international first-time freshman and transfer students applying, there are practical issues that will affect how late the application process can remain open. Examples of such issues are: time for students to gather and send all required application documents; time to review completed application; time required to obtain a student visa interview at a U.S. consulate or embassy overseas; time required for visa issuance; and arranging international travel to SMUMN. Here are the deadlines for submitting an application:

Fall Semester

  • * International Freshman: July 1
  • ^ International Transfer: July 1
  • + U.S. Transfer: July 20

Spring Semester

  • International Freshman: November 1
  • International Transfer: November 1
  • U.S. Transfer: November 15

* An international first-time freshman is a student who has completed his/her secondary school (high school) studies and will be enrolling in an undergraduate-level study for the first time.

^ An international transfer is a student who has completed his/her secondary school studies and has taken undergraduate coursework outside the U.S. or its territories

+ A U.S. transfer is an international student who has completed his/her secondary school studies and has taken undergraduate coursework at an academic institution inside the U.S. or its territories.

Note: An international student is someone who does not hold U.S. citizenship, U.S. permanent resident (green card), refugee, or asylee status, and does have citizenship /permanent residence in another country. DACA (Dream Act) students should apply using the undergraduate first-time freshman application.

Tuition and Fees

Cost of Attending Each Semester of Study, 2019-20

  • Semester I: August to December, OR
  • Semester II: January to May:
  • Tuition: $5,499
  • Housing: $2,615
  • Food: $2,060
  • Activity Fee: $250
  • Technology Fee: $370‡
  • Laundry Fee: $40
  • ESL Course Materials: $150
  • Orientation Fee: $60*‡
  • Total: $11,044

‡Will be charged one time per academic year only

* Includes one-way airport pick-up.

All amounts are listed in US dollars.

Additional Expenses that May Apply:

  • Medical insurance—$500–1,000 per year (approximately)
  • Books—$600–900 per year (approximately)
  • Airfare and personal expenses—varies by student
Program taught in:
English

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Last updated March 15, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Aug. 2019
Jan. 2020
Duration
16 weeks
Full-time
Price
5,499 USD
2019-20 Tuition
Deadline
July 1, 2019
International Freshman: July 1; International Transfer: July 1; U.S. Transfer: July 20.
Nov. 1, 2019
International Freshman: November 1; International Transfer: November 1; U.S. Transfer: November 15
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Application deadline
July 1, 2019
International Freshman: July 1; International Transfer: July 1; U.S. Transfer: July 20.
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Nov. 1, 2019
International Freshman: November 1; International Transfer: November 1; U.S. Transfer: November 15

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July 1, 2019
International Freshman: July 1; International Transfer: July 1; U.S. Transfer: July 20.
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International Freshman: November 1; International Transfer: November 1; U.S. Transfer: November 15
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