About ESL At SLU

Saint Louis University Continuing Education and Professional Development

About ESL

Saint Louis University is a Catholic, Jesuit university ranked among the top research institutions in the United States. Founded in 1818, it is the oldest university west of the Mississippi River and the second-oldest Jesuit university in the nation. The University fosters the intellectual and character development of more than 14,000 students.

ESL Mission Statement

Using a content-based focus, the SLU English as a Second Language (ESL) Program strengthens the English language and intercultural communication skills of international students while introducing them to university-level academic expectations. The ESL Program's mission is closely linked to the mission of Saint Louis University, a Jesuit institution, which is to use "values, knowledge and skills . . . to transform society." This is done through the study of topics such as contemporary issues, intercultural communication and service learning.


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Student Life

SLU has more than 150 student clubs and organizations of all types, including cultural, arts, media, leadership, academic, athletic and more. In addition, SLU often hosts campus-wide events, bringing famous names in entertainment for concerts and performances.


Made up of both historic and modern buildings, with beautiful green spaces in between, against the backdrop of bustling St. Louis, SLU’s campus is a great place to live and study. Exploring the city is easy, too. A short walk or ride on the MetroLink, St. Louis’ light-rail transit system, will bring you to restaurants, shopping and entertainment.

Urban Environment

With a metropolitan area of nearly 3 million people, St. Louis is a thriving urban center in the middle of America, less than 500 km south of Chicago.

Identified by its Gateway Arch, St. Louis’ varied skyline reflects the diversity of its many neighborhoods, each with its own uniquely vibrant atmosphere. St. Louis is also home to many corporations and Fortune 500 companies.

Traveling to St. Louis

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is the primary airport in the area. Many major airlines provide service to St. Louis, and there are frequent flights available to other major cities in the United States.

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