ESL Institute/Department of Linguistics
O'Dowd Hall, Room 326
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
Phone: (248) 364-8803
Fax: (248) 370-3587
English as a second language institute
A member of the 
American Association of 
Intensive English Programs


ESL Institute

"I want to assure you that regardless of what is taking place in national politics, Oakland University will remain committed to providing a warm, welcoming and supportive environment that embraces diversity, equity and inclusion for all people, whether they come from near or far."

President Hynd

Please, read the entire message regarding the executive order on immigration from President Hynd.

Empowering English learners to pursue dreams and contribute

meaningfully in a world beyond their own.

The ESL Institute at Oakland University

One location for all English Learners who attend Oakland University.

328A O'Dowd Hall (ODH) - Melissa Vervinck, Director
326 O'Dowd Hall (ODH) - Kathleen Gnau, ESL Program Assistant
We are located in the Global Engagement Offices!  
  • English as a Second Language courses at Oakland University 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.

Conversation Partners

If you are an ESL student or an academic student at Oakland University, consider participating in our Conversation Partner program.  Native and non-native speakers of English are encouraged to join!  You can meet another Oakland University student to chat and to learn about other cultures while sharing a bit about your own culture, too.

Students who are interested in participating as a Conversation Partner click here.