Otterbein’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program provides the perfect setting to improve your English for academic or professional goals. Each of our course levels combines speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. We develop academic skills in research and note taking as we focus on a variety of relevant and interesting topics. Students are typically in classes for 4-5 hours each day, but may also participate in weekly conversation partner practice with an American Otterbein student and tour the Columbus area on one of our field trips.
At Otterbein, we offer five levels of ESL classes for students from the high-beginner to advanced levels. At a minimum, students must have a 353 TOEFL PBT (21 iBT, 2.0 IELTS) to enroll. Level placement is determined by our on-campus placement test given prior to the first day of classes. The chart below offers a general outline of our levels.
ESL Levels at Otterbein ||TOEFL |
Advanced (0900) ||500 and above ||61 and above ||6 and above |
Intermediate III (0800) ||480 - 497 ||54 - 60 ||5.5 - 6 |
Intermediate II (0700) ||437 - 477 ||41 - 53 ||5 - 5.5 |
Intermediate I (0600) ||390 - 433 ||29 - 40 ||3 - 4.5 |
Intro II (0500)) ||353 - 387 ||21 - 28 ||2 - 2.5 |
ESL Session Dates
Otterbein University’s ESL academic calendar currently consists of seven week sessions.
*Beginning Spring 2016 sessions will follow the semester calendar (15 weeks).* Prices will change with semester conversion.*
Session ||Placement |
|Orientation ||Classes |
|Testing & |
|Summer 1, 2015 ||May 22 ||May 22 ||May 26 ||June 25 ||June 26 |
| Summer II, 2015 ||June 29 ||June 29 ||July 6 ||Aug 5 ||Aug 6 |
| Fall I, 2015 ||Aug 18 ||Aug 19 ||Aug 24 ||Oct 9 ||Oct 10 |
| Fall II, 2015 ||Oct 9 ||Oct 14 ||Oct 15 ||Dec 4 ||Dec 5 |
| Spring 2016 ||Jan 6 ||Jan 7 ||Jan 11 ||April 22 ||April 23 |
| Summer 2016 ||May 31 ||June 1 ||June 6 ||July 28 ||July 29 |
New students must arrive before their Testing & Orientation days. Students who arrive after the testing and orientation days may not start until the following session.
ESL Tuition and Fees
Students who wish to attend the ESL program at Otterbein pay tuition and fees at levels established especially for this program. The current tuition rate is $2,490 per 7 week period*. International students are also required to obtain insurance provided by the university, which costs approximately $96 per month. *Tuition rates will increase in Spring 2016 as we change to a semester schedule.
Tuition includes access to:
- Otterbein library
- Computer labs, technology and free printing
- Gymnasium and Weight training center
- Laundry facilities (if living in campus housing)
- On-campus events and activities
- Otterbike, bike share program