The English as a Second Language Program (ESL) at Rockford University is focused on students preparing for university study or professional programs. It is a course of study based on an integrated skills approach with listening, speaking reading, writing and grammar components. The goal is for students to pass the TOEFL test and matriculate to a Baccalaureate program, preferably at Rockford University.
ESL program offers a high quality English program for degree seeking
students. We strive to meet or exceed our students’ expectation for
developing their linguistics and academic skills. Students are
supported to make the transition from their own countries to life in the
United States. Our small classes enable us to meet the ordinary and
extraordinary need of our students, ensuring that their experience at
the ESL is productive and fulfilling. We are accredited by the Higher
Education Commission Association of Colleges and Schools.
Our minimum age requirement is 17 years. All beginning students must
have some prior study of English and be able to use or understand
200-400 words in English.
We offer a full-time Intensive English Program, with integrated classes in reading/writing, listening/speaking and grammar. These classes are supported with an enrichment class that includes an oline component that offers academic skill practice and personalized learning, reading workshop and writing lab. Academic skills such as inferencing, note taking, and test taking helps students develop strategies for academic course work and passing the TOEFL.
This program is ideal for international students who want to get undergraduate or graduate degrees at an American college or university. It is also great for people that want to improve their English for business or other job opportunities.
US F-1 Student Visa: All foreign students must obtain an F-1 Student Visa to study in the United States. Students will obtain an F-1 Visa application (Form I-20) once they are accepted into the Rockford University ESL program.
Rockford University has the only academic-bound Intensive English Program in the area and has been providing exceptional instruction since 1987. This allows us to issue I-20 forms for international students who need an F-1 Visa to study in the USA.
Many Rockford residents have friends and family members visiting from
other countries. Quite a few of those students are enriching their
education and experience by studying English at Rockford University.
Students range from 17 to 80 years of age and come from around the
world. We have taught students from Argentina, Senegal, Brazil, Germany,
South Korea, Mexico, Mongolia, Spain, Colombia, Venezuela, Poland,
Vietnam, Japan, Panama, Thailand, India, Turkey, China, France and
Italy, to name a few.
International students may apply for provisional admittance to Rockford University's undergraduate or graduate degree programs.