You'll find that you'll gain competency in language skills, and in other areas of life and learning, too.

A Home Away from Home

Internationally Friendly
When you choose our English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute, you’ll discover that we have a long tradition of serving international students. We’ve been offering ESL classes since 1993, and St. Norbert College has existed since its foundation in 1898.

We offer a multi-level, non-credit, intensive English program. We will place you in one of four levels of ESL instruction: beginning, elementary, intermediate and advanced. You’ll take an English placement test to determine your level of instruction. When you’re done, you’ll find yourself prepared for further studies and a professional career.

Small Classes, Big Advantages
Most of your classes will have about 10 students, with no more than 15 students in any class. You’ll have plenty of time to work individually with tutors, conversation partners and instructors.

Accreditation
You can be confident in receiving a solid education as St. Norbert College is fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and nationally recognized as an academically challenging institution. All ESL classes are also accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges.

Certification
You won’t earn credits for ESL classes, but when you leave the ESL program you’ll receive either a certificate of completion or a certificate of participation.

Certificate of Completion
You’ll receive a certificate of completion if you’ve participated in our program and have completed the most advanced-level classes:
  • Advanced Reading
  • Advanced Writing
  • Advanced Lecture and Note-Taking
  • Issues for Debate and Discussion
You’ll need to earn a minimum grade of “BC” in each class to pass. This is the certificate needed if you’ve been conditionally admitted to an St. Norbert College degree program.

Certificate of Participation
If you’ve finished studying at the ESL Institute and made satisfactory progress in your classes, but did not complete the advanced-level courses, you’ll receive a certificate of participation.

Professional Affiliations
Your ESL teachers and staff are active in these professional organizations:
  • The National Association of Foreign Student Advisors (NAFSA)
  • Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • The American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP)