English Language Transition Program


Great teaching. Great results.

Welcome to Wisconsin and to the English Language Transition Program for ESL students at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls ... a GREAT place to learn English!

Our Mission

The mission of the English Language Transition (ELT) Program is to assist non-native English learners to develop and strengthen the knowledge and language skills necessary to achieve their academic, professional, and personal goals. The ELT Program provides a supportive learning environment for students while fostering social and intercultural understanding. 

Why choose the ELT program at UWRF?

  • Small classes
  • Professionally trained ESL instructors
  • Social and cultural opportunities to practice English, such as the Global Partners Program and International Friendship Program
  • Upon completion of the ELT program, students are assured admittance to UWRF without needing to take another TOEFL or IELTS exam

In the Classroom

The goal of the ELT Program is to strengthen students' academic skills. This goal is accomplished by a variety of classroom activities, which include

  • Speaking through classroom discussions and presentations
  • Learning academic note-taking skills
  • Developing reading comprehension skills 
  • Acquiring academic writing skills
  • Expanding critical thinking skills
  • Increasing vocabulary
  • Focusing on clear pronunciation

UW-River Falls offers ESL courses at the following levels: beginner, low-intermediate, intermediate, and advanced.  Students are placed in classes based on the ELT Placement Procedures. Students can start at the beginning of the semester or in the middle of the semester.

Campus Life and Extracurricular Activities

An important part of the International Student experience is to learn about the people and customs of the United States.  The UWRF Office of Student Life has many opportunities for students to be involved on campus and in the community. 

Students can use the English as a Second Language Center for Speaker's Corner or extra tutoring help. Information on hours are located on the website.


All New Pathways Program

Do you

  • live in the USA?
  • have an ACT score lower than 17?
  • speak English as an additional language?

Check out UWRF's new Pathways Program for non-native speakers of English.  You can go to a 4-year college! 

Global Partners Program

The Global Partners Program matches native speakers of two different languages, students of each other's language who learn from each other and help one another to learn. Click here to learn more and to request a partner.


For International Students Admissions information, contact 715-425-3500 or



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Contact Us

English Language Transition (ELT) Program
M-F 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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