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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.

View our ESLP Student Handbook to learn more about our program »

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 »

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

For F1 international students, the following application deadlines are recommended:

  • 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.

ESL Virtual Study: Connect With Us From Anywhere

Every semester, we offer a virtual ESL class. Students attend the synchronous class sessions weekly from many different global locations. Learn more about this convenient option for advancing your English from the comfort of your own home.

Program News

Program Dates

Spring 2022
January 19 - May 10

Summer 2022
July 5 - August 4

Fall 2022
August 29 - December 9

Contact Us:

Office Location: Jubilee Hall (JH) 429 on the South Orange campus
Telephone:  (+1) 973-275-2090
Email: esl@shu.edu / bryan.meadows@shu.edu

Personnel

  • Marion Dunell, Program Assistant
  • Bryan Meadows, Program Director

Tuition

  • Tuition Cost: $550USD for each 39-hour class (13 weeks at 3 hours per week).
     
  • Note: F-1 international students complete 4 classes per semester for $2200USD semester tuition.

Course Schedule

To see the next semester schedule, click here »

To view course schedules for all semesters, click here »

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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