UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN River Falls

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The English Language Transition (ELT) Program at  the University of Wisconsin-River Falls offers English as a Second Language (ESL) classes at four levels: Beginner, Low-Intermediate, Intermediate, and Advanced. We offer small classes with highly-qualified and experienced instructors. Full-time students are in classes 20-24 hours a week with additional homework and out-of class projects and assignments.

Degree-seeking students

Admission into the ELT Program means that a student is academically qualified for admission but has not yet met the English proficiency requirement. These students must take ESL classes for a minimum of one-semester until they have met the University's language proficiency requirement. 

Students who have a TOEFL of 70-77 or IELTS 5.5 may be eligible to dual enroll in ESL classes and other university classes. 

Students who do not submit a TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Pearson, Michigan, Cambridge, or EIKEN test scores with their application will be required to enter the ELT Program. Students DO NOT need to submit another test after they have been accepted to the University and the ELT Program.

Upon arrival in River Falls, students will take the ELT Program's placement test to determine their level within the ELT Program. Advisors within the Program will tell the students which ESL courses they need to take and will work with them to determine other university classes they can take if they are eligible.  

We are currently accepting applications for admission for Summer 2015 and Fall 2015.

Intensive English (non-degree) students

Students who wish to study English only DO NOT need to submit a language test score. Students should indicate that they want ESL classes in the personal statement on the UW-System application. Upon arrival in River Falls, students will take the ELT Program's placement test to determine their level within the ELT Program. Advisors will work with the students to register for classes. As students progress to the High-intermediate or Advanced levels of the ELT Program, they may choose to apply to earn a degree at UWRF. Students will need to reapply as a degree-seeking student, but will NOT be required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS or other language proficiency test. While the ELT Program is a very good path towards acceptance into a degree program at UWRF, it does NOT guarantee admission into a degree program.

For more information on the English Language Transition Program, visit their website (ELT Program) or contact International Student Admissions.