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University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

English as a Second Language Program [Stevens Point, Wisconsin]


  • Experience American family life and create lasting friendships through the International Friendship Program
  • Conditional admission into the University without TOEFL for qualified students
  • Enjoy studying on UWSP's safe, tranquil and scenic campus in Central Wisconsin
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The English as a Second Language (ESL) Program was established in 1983 to provide intensive instruction to non-native speakers of English. The ESL Program's challenging, academically-based curriculum provides students with the academic abilities and language skills essential to succeed in American universities. While receiving high quality, caring instruction from professional instructors, students develop their listening/notetaking, reading, oral communication and writing/grammar skills in order to actively participate in University classes and American daily life. Students in the ESL Program receive a student identification card and gain full access to the University's library, computer laboratories with Internet access, and athletic facilities complete with a fitness center, swimming pools, tennis courts, and a climbing wall. The ESL Program is a proud member of EnglishUSA, the American Association of Intensive English Programs promoting professional standards and high-quality English programs.
    • DATA
    • Type : Public University
      Establishment : 1983
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA
      Enrollment : 40
      Average Class Size : 10
      Student Adviser : Yes
      Airport Pickup : Yes
      Internet Access : Yes
      Tuition : Low
      Activities : Frequent
      Location : Rural
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Stevens Point!
      Welcome to the ESL Program at the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point on ApplyESL.com! As Interim Director of the ESL Program, I invite you to come and enjoy our nice and quiet community in the center of Wisconsin that offers the perfect environment to study, experience the outdoors and meet plenty of friendly people. The ESL Program is an intensive, academic program that helps prepare students for studies at an American college or university. We offer skill-oriented classes of four levels from intermediate to advanced. Successful completion of the ESL Program allows students to attend university classes at UWSP without having to submit a TOEFL score. Our students have access to all the facilities on campus: gyms, a cardio center and computer labs in all the academic buildings as well as most of the residence halls. This campus has a great foreign students office that creates a welcoming and supportive environment for all international students. The International Club with its 180 members of international and American students alike provides a home away from home and helps create wonderful ties to the community, as well.

      We hope we might welcome you in person soon!
      Jutta Brendel
      Interim Director, ESL Program
    • English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
      University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

      1108 Fremont StreetRoom 020 SSC
      Stevens Point, Wisconsin  54481  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 715-346-3849
      FAX: +1 715-346-3819
      E-mail: isss@uwsp.edu
      Website: http://www.uwsp.edu/esl
  • More Details
    • Student Countries of Origin
    • The ESL Program hosts more than 175 students from 20 different countries each year. Recently, students have come to the ESL Program from Korea (29%), Japan (17%), China (8%), Taiwan (5%), Thailand (5%), and other countries (36%).
    • Faculty Qualifications
    • ESL Program instructors are dedicated, warm and highly-qualified professionals. Each instructor has extensive experience teaching English to students from around the world. The personal and academic qualities of all ESL Program instructors make each uniquely qualified to offer meaningful language-learning opportunities and to be sympathetic to the issues important to international students.
    • Housing
    • While attending the ESL Program, students have the opportunity to live in on-campus residence halls where they can interact with native English speakers and possibly have American roommates. Students living on-campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students – both American and international. The ESL Program requires its students under 21 years of age to live in on-campus residence halls unless they are married and traveling with their spouses or living with their parents. Students are encouraged to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. Private off-campus apartments are available, however it is the students' responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, use the Contact Address to ask the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The University campus is located in Stevens Point, a safe and scenic community nestled in Central Wisconsin, in the heart of the Wisconsin River Valley and home to 36,000 residents. Recently ranked as one of the "Top 100 Places to Live" by Relocate-America.com, Stevens Point is a riverside city that blends together academia and historic sites with the surrounding natural beauty, creating an ideal place to live, study and play. Stevens Point's local attractions appeal to all tastes and preferences, from shopping among the quaint boutiques in the downtown historic district, and exploring the many museums and unique art galleries to visiting one of the oldest breweries in the U.S., the historic Stevens Point Brewery. Outdoor enthusiasts enjoy exploring the 24-mile Green Circle Trail along the Wisconsin and Plover Rivers, fishing and canoeing on nearby Lake DuBay, camping in Hartman Creek State Park, or golfing at Sentry World, ranked as one of Wisconsin's top three public golf courses. Stevens Point is located midway between the major Midwestern cities of Milwaukee and Minneapolis.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1894, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point (UWSP) is a comprehensive public institution located in the heart of Wisconsin and is one of the 13 schools within the University of Wisconsin System. Consistently ranked one of the top ten public universities in the Midwest by the U.S. News & World Report, UWSP is comprised of 4 colleges and offers its students bachelor's degrees in over 50 areas of specialization and master's degrees in 11 fields. UWSP's vibrant residential 400-acre campus, including the 275-acre Schmeeckle Nature Reserve, is home to 8,700 undergraduate and graduate students from 35 American states and 32 different countries around the world, and 420 faculty members. Outside of the classroom, UWSP students are actively involved in more than 175 student clubs and organizations, including a student radio and television stations, a student newspaper and literary magazine, 22 club and intramural sports teams, multi-cultural clubs, and community service groups.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students (Undergraduate programs only). Academically-qualified students who have completed at least one or more classes with the ESL Program may be permitted to attend university courses part-time while completing their studies at the ESL Program.
  • Courses
    • English for Academic Purposes Program

    • About This Course
    • The English for Academic Purposes (EAP) Program offers five 8-week sessions thoughtout the year. Students enrolled in the Program receive 20 hours per week of in-class instruction in order to meet their individual academic needs and prepare themselves for university life.

      The Program offers 4 levels of English classes, from high-beginning to advanced. Upon students' arrival at the ESL Program, they are required to take English placement tests to help determine the level best-suited to their ability. A Certificate of Attendance is awarded to students who leave the Program prior to completing the entire program. Students who complete the Program's highest level of instruction are awarded a Certificate of Completion.

      Students in all levels receive fundamental instruction in the areas of listening/notetaking, reading, and writing/grammar, as well as develop their oral communication skills through focused exercises and assignments. Academically-qualified students who have completed at least one or more classes at the ESL Program may be permitted to attend university courses part-time while completing their studies at the ESL Program. Outside of the classroom, tutors are available to work one-on-one with students free of charge. While attending the Program, students are encouraged to experience American culture firsthand by joining university groups and participating in campus activities.

      Small, interactive classes are emphasized to ensure full student participation. Class sizes range from 12 to 15 students with an average of 10 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Course Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 12 - 15 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 4 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8 & 16 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 years old
      REQUIREMENT: High school diploma
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: Dormitory/On-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2019
      8 WEEKS:
      1/22 - 3/123/27 - 5/15

      16 WEEKS:
      1/22 - 5/15

    • Fees
      US$ 100
      TUITION FEE (2017-2018)
      8 WEEKS US $3,086
      16 WEEKS US $6,171
      US$ 125
      8 WEEKS N/A US $3,756 N/A
      16 WEEKS N/A US $7,512 N/A
      Airport Pickup Service
      Health Insurance
      ​US $715
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing fee includes meals.
      On Campus Housing: https://www.uwsp.edu/resliving/Pages/default.aspx
  • Location
    • United States Stevens Point, Wisconsin
    • Location
      English as a Second Language (ESL) Program
      University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point

      1108 Fremont StreetRoom 020 SSC Stevens Point, Wisconsin  54481  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Central Wisconsin Airport:
      School provides free airport pick-up service that brings students directly to campus. It takes 20 minutes. Taxis are also available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$35 and will arrive on campus in 20 minutes.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 3.8
      School Environment: 4.4
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.8
      Activities and Social Life: 3.6
      Accommodation: 3.6


    • There are 5 reviews for this school
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      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 38, Female ]  2009/3/10
      10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
      如果你是為了想提升自己的英語能力又不想花費太多(含所有的生活花費),UWSP是一個不錯的選擇. 學校方面會安排一些免費的活動,協助安排當地家庭以及大學裡的當地美國學生在課後與學生做交流;並且教會(Peace Center)也提供很多機會讓留學生和美國學生做文化交流.

      [ 大阪府, 日本, Age 28, Male ]  2009/3/7
      university of wisconsin, stevens point

      Bryan Sanchez
      [ Stevens Point, United States, Age 17, Male ]  2012/1/26
      14 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
      Lugar Multicultural
      Considero que es un lugar multicultural a pesar de no ser una ciudad muy grande, asiste gente de diversos lugares del mundo. Es una buena escuela, ya que le da la atención y enseñanza correcta al estudiante y sus docentes saben diferenciar el nivel de los estudiantes de una manera adecuada. En cuanto al alojamiento, es bueno ya que cuando llegas no sabes quien sera tu roommate y de donde sera, lo cual tambien te ayuda a aprender un poco de otros idiomas y culturas. Personalmente, lo unico incomodo a veces es el traslado de un edificio a otro cuando esta a muy bajas temperaturas de frio, pero por supuesto, ya se escapa de las manos de las personas que trabajan para la universidad debido a que el clima es algo natural y no se puede evitar, pero considero que podrían haber pasillos techados que comuniquen un building con otro para este tipo de situaciones. Generalmente, la universidad de wisconsin en Steven's point, es buena en cuanto a enseñanza y su ambiente y las personas que trabajan en ella te hacen sentir como si estuvieras en tu pais natal. Antes de venir a la escuela, hubiese podido darle mejor importancia al ingles para venir con una mejor base pero no hay mejor lugar para aprender un idioma que el pais en el que se habla.

      [ 台北, 台灣 ]  2009/3/9

      [ seoul, Korea, Age 23, Male ]  2009/3/8
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