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INTO Saint Louis University

INTO Saint Louis University delivers university-designed Academic English and Pathway programs to support and prepare international students who do not meet the requirements for direct entry for successful academic careers at Saint Louis University.

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Academic English

Each level in the Academic English program is 16 weeks long for fall and spring semesters, and 10 weeks for the summer semester. Each level includes courses in writing and grammar, reading and vocabulary, and listening and speaking. Students also learn about American culture, contemporary American issues and other topics that build the background knowledge and the study skills students need for success in their Pathway courses.

Placement in each level is determined by language proficiency exams.

Courses in Academic English do not count toward graduation requirements.

  • Academic English Level 1: Beginner
  • Academic English Level 2: High Beginner
  • Academic English Level 3: Intermediate
  • Academic English Level 4: High Intermediate
  • Academic English Level 5: Low Advanced (for graduate students)

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Pathway Programs

INTO Saint Louis University Undergraduate and Graduate Pathway programs are ideal for international students who need additional English language and academic preparation before continuing to a degree program at a U.S. university. The Pathway programs combine intensive language study, academic skills development and credit-bearing coursework in a customized program designed to move students successfully into their undergraduate or graduate degree program at Saint Louis University.

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Undergraduate Pathway Options

The following Undergraduate Pathway options will lead to nearly all of SLU's undergraduate degree programs.

  • Aeronautics
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Arts
  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • General Studies
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Public Health
  • Science
Graduate Pathway Options 

Most of our Graduate Pathway programs allow you to begin earning credits toward your degree even if you do not meet the direct entry requirements. The following programs will help build the academic foundation and essential English language skills you need to successfully move on to your master's degree.

  • Analytics
  • Applied Financial Economics
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity
  • Engineering
  • Health Data Science
  • Information Systems
  • Leadership and Organizational Development
  • Mathematics
  • MBA (Professional MBA)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Philosophy and Theology 
  • Professional Studies
  • Project Management
  • Public Health (MPH)
  • Software Engineering
  • Strategic Intelligence
  • Supply Chain Management

How to Apply

For information about the INTO SLU application process, please visit INTO SLU.

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INTO SLU Mission Statement

The English as a Second Language Program is motivated by the knowledge that the University is enriched by the global perspectives and cross-cultural exchanges that international students make possible. The mission of the program is to prepare academically talented English language learners for successful careers as undergraduate and graduate students at Saint Louis University through our commitment to excellence in teaching, service and learning. 

Our Academic English and Pathway Programs integrate language study, academic skills and cultural awareness, and they foster in students the intellectual curiosity that leads to recognition of a higher purpose to which we all contribute. We embrace and enact the Ignatian tradition of Saint Louis University by uniting the pursuit of individual academic excellence with our dedication to developing a community of men and women for others.

Accredited Program

The Saint Louis University ESL Program is accredited by the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation for the period August 2021 through August 2025 and agrees to uphold the CEA Standards for English Language Programs and Institutions. CEA is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency for English language programs and institutions in the U.S. For further information about this accreditation, please contact CEA, 1001 N. Fairfax Street, Suite 630, Alexandria, VA 22314, (703) 665-3400,

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