English as a Second Language

The ESL Program

We work individually with each student to help him or her transition from middle to higher education and integrate into the US university system. This involves not only English language coaching but also academic and personal development.


English Language Requirements

For admission to SLU-Madrid, you need a good academic record as well as a solid command of academic English. Certain school English exams - such as Selectividad - may be valid for admission to the university, but ARE NOT VALID for placement in our programs.

For placement, all applicants need to submit one of the following official academic English exams if they have not been admitted using an SAT, an ACT, the IB Diploma (especially English A) or A-level results.

  • TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test)

  • IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)

  • PTE (Pearson Test of English)

Please submit scores to admissions-madrid@slu.edu as soon as possible. Students taking a TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT) can have their results sent directly to SLU-MADRID using our TOEFL Code, 7763.

If you do not have a result from any one of these tests, you may take the institutional TOEFL PBT (Paper-based Test) at SLU-Madrid. To register for these exams, please contact admissions-madrid@slu.edu.

The Institutional TOEFL PBT test dates are:

May 4, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. - TOEFL PBT
May 8, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. - SLUWE (The SLU Test of Written English)

June 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. - SLUWE (The SLU Test of Written English)
June 23, 2017 at 10:45 a.m. - TOEFL PBT

August 31, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. - TWE
August 31, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. - TOEFL PBT

December 15, 2017 at 8:30 a.m. - TOEFL PBT
December 19, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. - SLUWE (The SLU Test of Written English)


The Purpose of ESL

  • To teach academic reading and writing skills;
  • To improve students' study skills;
  • To provide academic support and advice;
  • To help students adapt to the U.S. university system.


Interpreting Scores in Terms of Class Placement

Class Placement TOEFL PBT TOEFL IBT* IELTS* PTEA*
Full-time ESL Support Program
(18 ESL hours per week)
420
(minimum 2.5 on TWE)
45 5.0
(4.5 subscores in reading and writing)
39
2-semester Undergraduate Bridge Program 480
(min. 3.0 TWE)
60 5.5
(5.0 subscores in reading and writing)
44
1-semester Undergraduate Bridge Program 530
(min. 3.5 TWE)
75 6.0
(5.5 subscores in reading and writing)
54
ENGL 1500
(No ESL required)
550
(min. 4.0 TWE)
79
(minimum 19 on reading and writing)
6.5
(6.0 subscores in reading and writing)
56
ENGL 1900/1920**
(No ESL required)
610
(min. 5.0 TWE)
96
(no band below 24)
8.0
(8.0 subscores in reading and writing)
70

* These test scores will only be accepted by the University if accompanied by an official certificate, a record of which will be kept in the student's file in the Office of the Registrar.
** Students can only be placed directly in ENGL 1900/1920 if they have permission from an academic advisor.


We do not accept exams such as the Cambridge First Certificate, Advanced or Proficiency because they are not specific academic exams. However, students who have the Advanced or Proficiency exams should have no problem with the TOEFL.


Sample Undergraduate Pathway Program Study Plan

Undergraduate degree programs are composed of 120 to 128 credit hours. In the 2-semester undergraduate Pathway Program, students will earn between 15 and 21 credit hours towards their degree. In most cases, students in this program will complete their degree in four years.

2—Semester Undergraduate Pathway Program at SLU-Madrid    

Entry Requirements

  • Secondary/high school degree or equivalent
  • 2.75 minimum GPA on 4.0 scale
  • Language Requirement
  • TOEFL iBT 60 (13 subscores in reading and writing) or
  • TOEFL PBT 485 and SLUWE 3.0 (we only accept those taken at SLU - Madrid) or
  • IELTS 5.5 (5.0 subscores in reading and writing) or
  • PTEA 44

Progression Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • A grade of Satisfactory (S) in over 75% of ESL classes
  • A minimum increase of 30 points on the TOEFL PBT and 0.5 on the SLUWE per semester
  • Grade C or better in all classes counting toward major
  • No C-/D/F grades

* Depending on the results of the Math placement exam  
** Depending on major

Semester 1

Course Title

Credit Hours

ESL 1010

Advanced Intermediate Integrated Skills

3

ESL 1020

Adv. Intermediate Written Expression

3

ESL 1050

Presenting in Public

3

MATH 1200

College Algebra*

3

HIST 1110

Origins of the Modern World to 1500**

3

 

 

Total 15 credits

Semester 2

Course Title

Credit Hours

ESL 1110

Advanced Integrated Skills

3

ESL 1120

Advanced Written Expression

3

MATH 1320

Survey of Calculus*

3

HIST 1120

Origins of the M. World, 1500 to present**

3

POLS 1000

Introduction to Politics**

3

 

 

Total 15 credits

1—Semester Undergraduate Pathway Program at SLU-Madrid

Entry Requirements

  • Secondary/high school degree or equivalent
  • 2.75 minimum GPA on 4.0 scale
  • Language Requirement
  • TOEFL iBT 75 (17+ subscores in reading and writing) or
  • TOEFL PBT 530 and SLUWE 3.5 (we only accept those taken at SLU - Madrid) or
  • IELTS 6.0 (5.5 subscores in reading and writing) or
  • PTEA 54

Progression Requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • A grade of Satisfactory (S) in over 75% of ESL classes
  • A minimum increase of 30 points on the TOEFL PBT and 0.5 on the SLUWE per semester
  • Grade C or better in all classes counting toward major
  • No C-/D/F grades

* Depending on the results of the Math placement exam  
** Depending on major

Semester 1

Course Title

Credit Hours

ESL 1110

Advanced Integrated Skills

3

ESL 1120

Advanced Written Expression

3

MATH 1200

College Algebra*

3

HIST 1120

Origins of the M. World, 1500 to present**

3

POLS 1000

Introduction to Politics**

3

PSY 1010

General Psychology**

3

 

Total 18 credits

Full-time ESL Support Program

Entry Requirements

  • Secondary/high school degree or equivalent
  • 2.75 minimum GPA on 4.0 scale
  • Language Requirement
  • TOEFL iBT 45 or
  • TOEFL PBT 420 and SLUWE 2.5 (we only accept those taken at SLU - Madrid) or
  • IELTS 5.0 (4.5 subscores in reading and writing) or
  • PTEA 37

Progression Requirements

  • A grade of Satisfactory (S) in over 75% of ESL classes
  • A minimum increase of 30 points on the TOEFL PBT and 0.5 on the SLUWE per semester

* Depending on the results of the Math placement exam  
** Depending on major

Semester 1

Course Title

Credit Hours

ESL 1010

Advanced Intermediate Integrated Skills

3

ESL 1020

Adv. Intermediate Written Expression

3

ESL 1000

Eng. a History of Nearly Everything

3

ESL 1050

Presenting in Public

3

ESL 1150

English through Culture and History

3

ESL 1200

English through Reading

3
ESL 1000

 

 

Total 18 credits*

 

 * ESL credits do not affect the GPA

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