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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The University of Minnesota Crookston (UMC) offers an English as Second Language program (ESL). This is a pre-Bachelor level English program which provides language instruction and related support services to students who wish to improve English skills.  Academically qualified students who successfully complete the ESL program may go on for Bachelor study at UMC or study at another school.

ESL Students Outside during Fall

The ESL program prepares students to successfully engage and learn with native speakers of English in college classrooms. The program provides language instruction in a multi-level, multi-skill language program and cooperates closely with the UMC academic and student support offices. The ESL program increases campus diversity and cultural experiences for all students.

Two 4-week summer ESL sessions offered in 2016!

Two consecutive four week summer ESL sessions will be offered at UMC in summer 2016. The sessions focus on enhancing classroom communication skills as well as learning American teaching styles and study techniques. It is a perfect lead in for students beginning studies at a USA school in Fall semester.  

Session 1 will be held June 22 to July 19, and session 2 July 20 to August 16.  Fall semester international orientation begins August 17, so students continuing on at UMC may progress seamlessly.  Students may attend one or both summer sessions depending upon their level of proficiency and what they hope to accomplish.

Detailed information is available here.

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The ESL program is designed for the intermediate to high-intermediate ESL learners who wish to read, speak, hear, and write English for academic, professional, or personal purposes. The program offers semester sessions with minimum of 20 or more hours of instruction each week.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston offers conditional admission to academically qualified candidates who join the ESL program. UMC’s English requirement for admission as a degree seeking student may be fulfilled successful completion of UMC high-intermediate ESL courses. Students are classified as non-degree seeking while studying ESL, and upon successful completion are automatically eligible to join the Bachelor programs.

Students who successfully complete the ESL Program also will receive a certificate of participation.

UMC English Proficiency Requirement for Degree-Seeking Students

The University of Minnesota Crookston requires all non-native English speaking students to demonstrate sufficient command of the English language necessary to succeed in college level classes taught in English. This proficiency must be demonstrated either by results of the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or by successful completion of the high-intermediate ESL courses and recommendation of the UMC ESL Faculty.

Minimum Score
TOEFL Internet-based (iBT)
(Paper 520 equivalent)





An official report of The TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB should be sent to the Office of Admissions.


ESL Admission (Admission as Non-Degree Student)
For applicants who do not have the required English proficiency given above, the University of Minnesota, Crookston offers non-degree admission to the ESL Program. A minimum IELTS overall band score of 4.0 or TOEFL iBT score of 45 is required for ESL admission.

Minimum TOEFL iBT Score for Admission
Admission Status
68 (Paper 520 equivalent)
45  (Paper 450 equivalent)




Upon successful completion of the high-intermediate ESL courses and recommendation of the ESL faculty, academically qualified ESL students may be referred by the ESL Coordinator, their academic advisor, to Office of Admissions to change from non-degree to degree seeking program status.

Only ESL students in the high-intermediate level who have no other ESL classes left to take may take a credit-bearing course approved by the ESL Coordinator, their academic advisor. ESL students in the intermediate level may take a credit-bearing class only as auditor without earning any academic credit. ESL students at any level may not take an online course.

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