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English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL teacher and students in the classroom.

Admission Requirements

International students must also submit the following:

  • Official Bank Statement and Sponsor Guarantee form
  • Copy of passport and current visa

The ESL program accepts 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. Students are required to take the ESL placement test at the program start. Conditional admission is available to students that meet academic requirements but still need additional language training to be successful in a U.S. classroom. As students near the end of the ESL program, we create a “bridge” to an academic program of interest by allowing students to take some regular classes or content-based courses alongside their ESL classes. Once students complete the ESL program, they are eligible to transition fully into their academic program.

ESL Session Dates

Session Placement Testing Orientation Classes Begin Classes End Final Testing Session Ends
Spring 2019 Jan 4 Jan 4 Jan 7 Apr 18 Apr 13 Apr 18
Summer 2019 June 20 June 20 June 24 Aug 2 Aug 2 Aug 2
Fall 2019 Aug 12 Aug 13 Aug 19 Nov 26 Nov 23 Nov 23

New students must arrive before their Testing & Orientation days. Students who arrive after the testing and orientation days may not start until the next session.


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 $400 per credit hour ($6,000 per semester for full-time students; $4,800 summer). International students are also required to obtain insurance provided by the university, which costs approximately $96 per month.

Tuition includes access to: 

  • Otterbein library
  • Computer labs, technology and free printing
  • Gymnasium and weight training center
  • On-campus events and activities such as theatre and arts, athletics and student organizations
ESL students are required to pay the account balance in full by the second Friday of the start of the term or two weeks from the date of arrival on campus, whichever is later.  Failure to pay by this date will result in Otterbein dropping the student's classes and cancelling the student's SEVIS record (where applicable).  Students will be issued an official warning letter at the end of the first week of classes if they have not yet paid their bill.

/ International Admission

The Office of International Admission is located in Clippinger Hall, 102 W. College Ave., Westerville, OH 43081, USA

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

p/ 614.823.1500

Alyssa Libby 
Senior Assistant Director International Recruitment
p/ 614.823.1356
e/ alibby@otterbein.edu

Jenny Seymour
International Admission Coordinator
p/ 614.823.3263
e/ jseymour@otterbein.edu

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