English as a Second Language Institute

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Welcome to University of Wisconsin-Stout's English as a Second Language (ESL) Institute. This ESL program offers English immersion courses to non-native English speakers who would like to communicate more effectively and improve their performance in their professional, academic and personal lives. Classes are small (20 or fewer students), and sessions are eight weeks long, beginning in September, January, March and June. Students in the ESL program study English 20 hours a week, including time in a computer lab.


The ESL Institute offers four levels of instruction. After being tested on arrival at the Institute, students will be placed into an appropriate level. Most students spend between a semester and two years to complete the program.  Upon successful completion of the entire ESL program, ESL students can be accepted directly into UW-Stout and begin taking regular academic courses if they meet UW-Stout academic requirements. They do not need to take the TOEFL test, re-apply to Stout, or pay an additional application fee.

Students in the ESL program at UW-Stout also enjoy:
  • Experiencing American culture on a small, friendly campus
  • Taking day trips to local sites of interest
  • Getting involved in university sports and other activities
  • Receiving academic support by working with tutors
  • Paying bills easily and conveniently with the UW-Stout Student ID/credit card
  • Local pick-up when they arrive in Menomonie
  • Using the local public transportation service
  • Personal laptop computer provided by UW-Stout
  • Campus-wide wireless Internet access

Local Attractions and Activities

Costs 

(per semester)
ESL tuition and fees:                 $5,308.68
Housing:                                  $1,725.00
Food & Living Expenses:            $1,267.00
Books, Supplies & Other Costs:  $113.00
Health Insurance:                     $388.00

Total:                                     $8,801.68

Application Information

ESL Institute Application

If you want to apply for ESL study only, you must submit the following:
  1. Complete the International Student Application for Admission. The application can be found here or completed online.

  2. Application fee of $50.

  3. Financial document or bank statement indicating you have sufficient funds necessary to meet all expenses for the time it takes to complete your ESL program.

  4. Official transcripts (translated into English) from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended.

  5. Copy of your passport page showing your correct name. Passports can be scanned and emailed to globaled@uwstout.edu.

  6. Permanent address in your home country.

Conditional Degree Application

If you want to apply for conditional acceptance into a degree program, you must submit the following:
  • Complete the International Student Application for Admission. The application can be found here or completed online.

  • Application fee:

    • Undergraduate – $94.
      This includes the ESL program application fee of $50 as well as the undergraduate application fee of $44.

    • Graduate – $106.
      This includes the ESL program application fee of $50 as well as the graduate application fee of $56.

  • Official financial document or bank statement indicating you have enough funds necessary to meet one year of degree study.  

  • Official transcripts (translated into English) from all secondary and post-secondary schools attended. 

  • Copy of your passport page showing your correct name. Passports can be scanned and emailed to globaled@uwstout.edu.
  • Permanent address in your home country.

Send complete application material to:

Undergraduate Conditional Applicants:
Undergraduate Admissions

212 Millennium Hall
University of Wisconsin – Stout
Menomonie WI 54751
USA

Graduate Conditional Applicants:
Graduate School
Suite 208 Robert S. Swanson Learning Center
University of Wisconsin-Stout
Menomonie WI 54751
USA

You may choose to ship or receive your documents through University Express Mail Services — a safe, quick and dependable delivery service.

Application deadlines

  • Rolling for the Fall semester 
  • Rolling for the Spring semester

Computer

All students are enrolled in the eStout program. The mandatory program is included in the tuition cost. Through this program, each student is issued a computer, software, computer support and on-campus wireless Internet connectivity. The set fee is required for all full-time students. Visit the eStout website to learn more. Please note, the summer program may have different arrangements; contact the ESL Institute at 42 Harvey Hall.

We do not encourage students to bring personal computers due to the lack of software service.

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