English as a Second Language (ESL) Admission

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English as a Second Language (ESL) Admission

In order to apply for undergraduate admission, please follow the instructions below.

The English as a Second Language Institute at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse offers courses at six levels of English proficiency from beginning to advanced level.  The ESL Institute provides instruction for those who wish to strengthen their English skills for personal or professional reasons or to meet the requirements for degree study at UW-L.

Important Information about studying at the ESL Institute:

  • TOEFL Scores are not required for admission
  • On-campus housing is available
  • Advanced ESL students may also enroll in university academic courses
  • Language partners and friendship family opportunities are available
  • Enrollment at the university and receipt of a university transcript showing your ESL courses and results

To apply for ESL admission, please follow the steps below:

  • Application: In order to be considered for admission, students must complete an application online for Special/Non-Degree study at https://apply.wisconsin.edu/.
  • Processing Fee: a Processing Fee ($50 USD).  The fee is required and is non-refundable.  It should be made payable in U.S. dollars to the “University of Wisconsin-La Crosse”.  Please send payment by money order, bank draft, or U.S. check.
  • Academic Records: Official or officially-certified copies of academic records in all previous secondary school and post-secondary education undertaken, whether or not the program was completed.  This includes all transcripts, mark sheets, and national examination results.  Academic records issued in languages other than English must be accompanied by official (school-issues or certified) literal English translations.  Photocopies, scanned or notarized copies are not accepted as official documents.
  • Complete a Financial Certification Form with supporting bank statement.  Students seeking an F-1 visa are required to provide proof of funding for at least one year of study.  If you are admitted, these documents will be required in order for us to issue an I-20.

All materials listed above and any additional application materials should be sent directly to the Office of International Education.

Mailing address:

Attn: International Admissions
Office of International Education
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
308 North 16th Street, 1209 Centennial Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601 USA

Courier Address:

International Admissions
Office of International Education
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
308 North 16th Street, 1209 Centennial Hall
La Crosse, WI 54601  USA

REMINDER: It is the student's responsibility to reserve/secure campus housing if admitted to UW-La Crosse.  The Housing Reservation Form is available on-line.  First semester international students are not required to pay the $75 reservation fee.  Students returning to campus should communicate with the Office of Residence Life in order to reserve/secure housing.

Please contact  intladmissions@uwlax.edu for general inquiries and application status updates.

If you have any questions regarding the ESL program, please visit the website at http://www.uwlax.edu/esl/ or contact:

Michelle Tyvoll, Director
ESL Institute 
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
1209 Centennial Hall
 308 North 16th Street
La Crosse, WI 54601 USA
(608) 785-8315