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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 below. Open an account by providing some basic information about yourself. After you open your account, select "Non-Matriculated or English as a Second Language Application." Please note there is a non-refundable application fee. Apply Online »

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

Summer 2021:

  • Summer I: May 25-June 29
  • Summer II: July 6-August 6

Fall 2021:

  • August 30 - December 15

Contact Us:

Office Location: 429 Jubilee Hall (JH)
Telephone: 973.275.2539
Email: esl@shu.edu / bryan.meadows@shu.edu


  • Cost: $550 for each 42-hour course (37 contact hours)

Course Schedule

  • To view course schedules for all semesters, click here »
  • Use ESLP as the subject code to begin your search.

Omer Bin Someda in front of President's Hall."As students come from different corners of the world to the ESL@SetonHall program — Brazil, Colombia, Vietnam, Albania, Jordan, Venezuela — we communicate in English. Not only do I increase my competency in English by conversing with my classmates, but also socialize in outdoor activities such as hiking."

Omer Bin Someda
ESL Alumn and MPA graduate student
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