English as a Second Language Session Information

The ESL Center is an intensive language program that functions in eight-week terms that go all year round. This means that during a full year (January-December), there are five total terms. Also the program offers four levels, but the levels for which there is the most demand will be the levels we open. For example, the center typically runs levels A2, B1, and B2 regularly.

Each level consists of reading, writing, conversation, and main courses. Each level offers six (6) credit hours total, so if two terms are taken (August-October and October-December) during a standard academic semester, then the total number of enrollment hours will be twelve (12). International students must enroll in a minimum of twelve credit hours in order to meet immigration requirements. 

When students first arrive, they will be required to take a placement exam, which is a thorough and complex exam with various language questions that determines the level at which students should begin. This exam is modeled after a few language proficiency exams that most universities use for testing, but it is arranged by the FHSU ESL Center personnel for all international students applying to FHSU. Also, ESL students are required to take an exit examination, which is like the placement exam; however, this exam is to measure students’ overall language competency and proficiency to estimate their preparedness for the university setting. 

ESL Program Schedule (PDF)

Schedule of Sessions:    
1st 8 weeks: August-October    
2nd 8 weeks: October-December
3rd 8 weeks: January-March
4th 8 weeks: March-May
5th 8 weeks: June-July
Levels of Instruction:     
A1: Elementary
A2: Pre-Intermediate
B1: Intermediate
B2: Upper-Intermediate
C1: Advanced


Session Application Deadline  Latest Arrival Date Placement Exam Classes Begin
June 2015                         April 1, 2015   
May 25, 2015 May 27 &
May 28, 2015     
June 1, 2015
August 2015      June 1, 2015 August 7, 2015 August 13, 2015 August 17, 2015
October 2015 August 15, 2015 October 6, 2015 October 9, 2015      October 12, 2015
January 2016 October 15, 2015 January 11, 2016      January 15, 2016 January 19, 2016
March 2016 January 15, 2016 March 16. 2016                    March 21, 2016 March 22, 2016
June 2016      April 1, 2016      May 30, 2016 June 2 &
June 3, 2016     
June 6, 2016


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