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The procedure for applying to our program is very simple.

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Which category are you in?

  1. If you do not need the F-1 student visa, complete the online application and contact the ESL Office to arrange your course schedule.
  2. If you need the F-1 student Visa, complete the online application with the $55 application fee and contact the ESL Office to arrange your course schedule.  In addition, please submit the new I-20 application, found in "How to get your I-20 form," on the web site of the Office of International Programs (OIP).
    • The OIP is responsible for processing all your documents relating to the F-1 student visa and for issuing the I-20 Certificate of Eligibility. These include the I-20 application  and promise of cash support from your sponsor.
    • You may contact the OIP directly at (e-mail) or (973) 761-9072 (telephone). They are ready to welcome you in 322 Presidents Hall.
  3. If you already have the F-1 student visa, would like to transfer it to Seton Hall, and have been attending another school, follow step (2) above. Also complete the transfer form from the other school, which you can obtain from the OIP.

Testing and Placement

The following students are expected to report for placement testing in the ESL Program:

  • All F-1 international undergraduate students from non-English-speaking countries, including transfer students, with a TOEFL score of less than 79 (iBT), 213 (CBT), or 550 (PBT)
  • Freshmen who have been provisionally accepted (PE status)
  • Students who have been accepted only to the ESL Program
  • Graduate students who have been provisionally accepted or advised by their programs to pursue language development

This evaluation of students' English proficiency and needs consists of a 30-minute diagnostic essay, the CELT vocabulary test, a spoken interview, and the Degrees of Reading Power Test. After the tests, they are advised and registered by the ESL Office into their choice of skills areas, and appropriate levels, of courses. 

Other Points

  • TOEFL scores are recommended but not required for admission to the ESL Program.
  • Students who do not have a TOEFL score will be required to take the Seton Hall ESL Placement Test to determine eligibility.
  • Advanced-level ESLP students are permitted to enroll in academic classes three or more hours a week while completing the ESL Program.
  • Admission to the ESL Program does not guarantee admission to other programs at Seton Hall University, but students who successfully complete the ESL Program may be able to enter degree granting programs without taking the TOEFL.


  • 42-hour courses (42 university hours / 37 contact hours)  Cost: $550


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