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English as a Second Language (ESL)

The University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) has established an English as Second Language program (ESL). This is a pre-collegiate English program which provides English language instruction and related support services to foreign students who are both qualified for and have
a desire to study undergraduate classes at UMC.

ESL Students Outside during Fall

The ESL program prepares foreign students to successfully compete with their American peers 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.

Six week summer ESL offered in 2015!

A six week summer ESL program will be offered at UMC this summer. The program focuses 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. Program dates are July 6 to August 14, 2015.

Detailed information is available here.



The ESL program is designed for the intermediate to high-intermediate ESL learners who wishes to read, speak, hear, and write English for professional, personal or academic purposes. The program offers semester sessions with minimum of 20 or more hours of instruction each week. A 6 week summer session will be held July 6 to August 14, 2015 and is an excellent run up for those who will start academic study in fall semester at UMC or any other school.

The University of Minnesota, Crookston offers non-degree seeking admission to academically qualified candidates for the ESL program. UMC’s English requirement for admission as a degree seeking student must be fulfilled by the TOEFL exam (68 iBT or 520 PBT) or successful completion of UMC high-intermediate ESL courses.

Students who successfully complete the ESL Program 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.