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english as second language

English as a Second Language

Welcome to the ESL@Seton Hall program. We are an Intensive English Program (IEP) with a strong academic focus. We serve individuals who wish to develop their reading, writing, speaking and listening abilities to participate fully in postsecondary settings (e.g., university/college) in the United States. Our program is designed for intermediate and advanced users of English. We are very fortunate to host students from all over the world including Brazil, Colombia, Taiwan, Albania, Turkey, Venezuela, Ivory Coast, China, Burkina Faso, France, Vietnam, Jordan, Morocco, among additional places. In design and in administration, our program recognizes and strives to meet the 11 CEA standards for English Language Programs and Institutions.

Why choose our program?

Here are some of the many reasons to choose our program:

  • High quality instruction focused on academic success
  • Private university, smaller classes, and individualized attention
  • Catholic identity and university-wide mission of servant leadership
  • Unique program themes: (a) multilingual identity; (b) English as a global language; and (c) life-long English development
  • Located in the New York City metropolitan area
  • Access to all campus services including a student health insurance plan (requires annual fee)

How do I join the ESL program?

The first step is to complete an online application using the link: Apply Here »

Please note the ESL program begins at the Intermediate level. All students must complete a language assessment exam via Accuplacer. Once you submit your application you will be sent directions to schedule your exam. The exam is completed virtually.

For full details of the admissions process, please see this page.

Incoming F1 international students please use this link for the I20 application.

The following application deadlines are recommended for F1 international students:

  • Fall semester admission: December of year prior
  • Spring semester admission: June of year prior
  • Summer semester admission: October of year prior

What are the classes like?

Our academic-focused ESL program prepares individuals for success in postsecondary undergraduate and graduate programs in the United States. During morning coursework, students study reading, writing, listening, and speaking using the PRISM textbook series. During afternoon coursework, students select from a range of elective classes including TOEFL Preparation, Multimedia Exploration of English, English for Specific Purposes, Business Communication, Vocabulary and Grammar Explorations, and Pronunciation Skills.

Program News

Program Dates

Fall 2023
August 28th – December 19th

Spring 2024
January 17th – May 14th

Contact Us:

Office Location: Jubilee Hall (JH) 133 on the South Orange campus
Telephone: (+1) 973-761-9394
Email: [email protected]

•Erica Russomanno, Program Assistant
•Andrea Hundley, ESL Coordinator


•Tuition Cost: $575USD for each 39-hour class (13 weeks at 3 hours per week).

•Note: F-1 international students complete 4 classes per semester for $2300USD semester tuition and there is a one-time international student fee of $400USD.

Course Schedule

Spring 2024 schedule, click here »

To view course schedules for all semesters, click here »

Use ESLP as the subject code to begin your search.

Amber Huang"Recalling when I first arrived in the United States, I could speak very little English, and I did not dare to speak English. Fortunately, I came to Seton Hall University (SHU) to learn English as a second language course. There are very friendly people here. Classmates and professors, they are very happy to provide me with the help I need and give me confidence. There are also volunteers in school who will help, so I am now able to speak English and basic English conversation skills bravely. In addition, there are special events on Fridays, such as going to a Brazilian restaurant for dinner and hiking with classmates and professors. I really like these special events to increase opportunities for communication with others."

回想剛到美國的時候,我會說的英文真的非常少,又不敢開口說英文,很幸運的來到Seton Hall 大學 (SHU) 的英語作為第二語言課程學習英文,這裡有非常友善的同學和教授,非常樂意為我提供需要的幫助,並且時常給予我信心讓我不要擔心害怕說英文,在學校也有自願者會為我們提供幫助,因此我現在已經不會害怕開口說英文也會基本的英文溝通。另外,在星期五也有特別活動,像是去巴西餐廳吃飯,和同學教授一起遠足,我很喜歡這些特別活動增加了和別人交流的機會。

Amber Huang
ESL student