Many international students choose to develop their language skills through an English as a Second Language (ESL) program prior to enrolling in courses at Southern New Hampshire University. SNHU’s Institute for Language Education (ILE) offers 3 programs that can help you advance your speaking, reading and writing skills.
Reach English proficiency faster in an immersive ESL program designed to prepare you for a degree program.
No matter your current English language level, the Intensive English Program at Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) can offer you the help and support that you need to get the best education possible. This English as a Second Language (ESL) program is immersive and thorough: It will enable you to enter and complete academic programs not just at SNHU, but also at other universities and colleges throughout the United States.
The Intensive English Program includes:
The program will focus on several areas, including:
Additional program benefits include:
SNHU’s ESL courses are offered at 3 main proficiency levels: Basic (Level 1), Intermediate (Level 2) and Advanced (Level 3). Each SNHU level is aligned with Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) levels: Level 1 targets the skills of CEFR A2-A2+, Level 2 promotes CEFR B1-B1+ and Level 3 aims to produce CEFR B2-B2+ proficiency.
The duration of each level is 1 semester (2 terms). Below you will find guidelines on the equivalent scores for TOEFL iBT, IELTS and Duolingo for entry into each proficiency level of SNHU’s ESL program.
Applicants are not required to take an exam to enter SNHU’s ESL program but may choose to in order to estimate their level in advance of arrival.
These test score equivalencies are only estimates. Final placement will be determined upon arrival based on a placement exam and interview.
The length of the program for a student typically depends on the level you begin at:
Applicants with exam scores below the equivalent of SNHU’s Level 1 should be advised that it may take longer than 3 semesters (1 calendar year) to reach the language proficiency required to enter a degree program.
Learn more about ESL Program costs.
Make progress in both your ESL studies and your undergraduate coursework with a pathway program designed for accepted SNHU students.
For international students who have been accepted into an undergraduate degree program at SNHU, Undergraduate Language Studies (ULS) is a pathway program that combines academic skills development, English language study and academic coursework to provide a scaffold of support for international students beginning their credit-bearing, undergraduate-level coursework. Students may enter ULS if they have a qualifying English Proficiency Test score. See our International Admission Requirements for more information.
While participating in the ULS program, students also enroll in one undergraduate academic course (two intensive courses during the Summer term). ULS meets in the Fall, Spring, and Summer (15-week) semesters. Students attend classes four times per week for a total of 180 hours per semester. ULS courses are capped at 12, and the minimum enrollment is five students. Grading follows the SNHU letter grade system and grades are solicited by and submitted to the Office of the University Registrar.
Courses within the ULS program highlight:
Additional ULS program benefits include:
Learn more about Undergraduate Language Studies costs.
Take part in a 4-week summer program that balances learning English and experiencing American culture.
Spend your summer in the United States, studying English and learning about American culture.
In addition to studying English as a Second Language (ESL), you’ll have the opportunity to experience the history and culture of New England. You’ll enjoy an American baseball game in Manchester and visit famous cities like Portsmouth and Boston.
The Experience English program allows you to:
2020 Experience English Program Dates: TBD
Applicants from countries in which English is considered an official language may not be eligible for the Experience English program. To inquire, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission decisions are at the discretion of SNHU International Admission.
Learn more about Experience English costs.