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Welcome to the ESL Center!

The English as a Second Language (ESL) Center at Oakland University offers an intensive program to improve students' skills in English and to help each student reach his or her English language proficiency goals.  The courses are designed to embrace the main areas of ESL education:  reading, writing, listening and speaking. 

Courses are offered to meet the needs of all language proficiency levels: foundations, beginning, intermediate and advanced.  Our courses are offered to international students, the general public, business professionals and their families.

Students who are interested in participating as a Conversation Partner should complete the form.

The ESL Center for Conditionally Admitted students is located in 1024 Human Health Building (HHB).  The ESL Institute for Continuing Education students is located in 440E Pawley Hall (PH).

  • Students need to earn a 2.5 GPA or above to pass ESL courses. 
  • Beginning Winter 2015, fully admitted academic students at the undergraduate level will need to complete the TOEFL ITP (institutional TOEFL) with a 550 or higher to exit the ESL program and for their ESL hold to be end-dated.
  • Oakland University will offer the TOEFL ITP at the end of each semester for all advanced level students for free.
Read the English Proficiency in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Read the English Proficiency in the Graduate Catalog.
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American Association of 
Intensive English Programs