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Academic English – TOEFL® Preparation Course

SLU-Madrid's Academic English Program is the most intensive and complete academic English and TOEFL preparation course in Madrid. The program prepares students for entry into universities where the language of instruction is English.

Students should already have a high intermediate level of everyday English language skills in order to benefit from this course.

Current SLU-Madrid students tell you about their experience in the Academic English Program.

SLU-Madrid's Academic English Program offers:

  • 19 hours of classes per week for 12 weeks at a U.S. University
  • Small classes
  • Preparation for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • Individualized tutorials, feedback and progress reports
  • Access to SLU-Madrid's library, writing center and academic resources
  • Access to SLU-Madrid's events, sports, clubs and organizations
  • Three University credits which may later be transferred towards a U.S. B.A. or B.S. degree

About the Classes

Within the program, we offer two content-based and four English language skills-based classes. The timetable is scheduled Monday through Friday between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. A typical weekly schedule may look like this:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday:
     9:30 to 10:50 a.m. - History of the Modern World
     11 to 11:50 a.m. - Academic Structures/Grammar
     Noon to 12:50 p.m. - Contemporary Issues
Tuesday and Thursday:
     9:30 to 10:45 a.m. - Critical Reading Skills
     11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. - Academic Writing Skills
     12:30 to 1:45 p.m.  - Oral Skills

If there are too few students to open the Academic English program, they will be offered an alternative program which consists of:

  • ESL 1110 M01 Advanced
    Listening, Grammar and Reading
  • ESL 1120 M01 Advanced Written Expression
  • ESL 0850 M01 Intense
    English for Foreign Students (Independent Study)
  • MATH 0260 Intermediate Algebra
  • UNIV 1020 M01 First-Year Seminar
  • THEO 1000 Theological
    Foundations (or HIST 1110)


The cost of the program is 5,000 euros (less than 20 euros per hour of class!). Students also need to pay a confirmation fee. Contact for further details.


In order to be admitted to SLU-Madrid's Academic English Program, students must:

  • Meet SLU-Madrid's B.A./B.S. degree admissions requirements
  • Show proof of their English language level. We accept:
        · Duolingo English Test 80+
        · TOEFL iBT 50+
        · IELTS 5.5+
        · TWE essay written at SLU-Madrid 2.5

Students may contact SLU-Madrid's admissions office to arrange a time to visit the campus and write an essay. The essay takes 30 minutes.

If you are not able to visit us in Madrid, you may download and complete this form, scan it and send it in to: All essays must be handwritten.

You may also be requested to set up a Zoom interview with a member of the Admissions or ESL department.