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English as a Second Language

Intensive ESL program for non-native English speakers

The intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) Program is for students from non-English-speaking countries who desire to improve their English language skills while participating in the life of a North American university. Students are housed in residence halls on campus.

The major coursework is in English as a Second Language. In addition, students study the history, traditions, culture and customs of the United States. All coursework is based on an integrated skills approach with listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar components.

Upon successful completion of the internationally recognized Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), students may elect to continue their studies as full-time, degree-seeking students at Saint Mary’s University. For some students, the time spent in the intensive ESL Program is preparation for other career-related activity or further study in their home countries.

Traditional ESL Program
16 weeks per academic semester


Group ESL Program
The De La Salle Language Institute at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota will customize programs for groups needing ESL instruction. Short-term programs are available upon request.


English Testing Services (in-house)
The TOEFL is offered several times a year at a convenient location on campus.

Language Support
One-on-one time with ESL instructors
Individualized tutoring
Conversation partners

Several programs and trips are targeted specifically for international students as a means of personal support as well as cultural enrichment. In addition, students participate in various intramural and co-curricular activities and programs offered throughout the year by the undergraduate college.

More information about De La Salle Language Institute:

Office of Undergraduate International Admission
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #34
Winona, MN  55987-1399, USA

Telephone: (507) 457-1450
Fax: (507) 457-6917


Admission Information


Apply online - You will initially be asked for your first name, last name, and your email address. Once you submit that information you will be emailed a link to the application site where you can set your password and complete your application. Please use the email where you wish to receive communication from Saint Mary's during your application process.

Tod Haring
Tod Haring, M.I.M.
Admission - International Admission Counselor

(507) 457-6962

On-campus staff
Serving international students