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English as a Second Language International

Intensive Academic English Studies

The English as a Second Language International (ESLI) center located on the West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) campus helps prepare students with academic English training for entrance to the University. Students are integrated into academic, social and cultural life while studying full time in the language center.

There are two options for Intensive English classes -

ESLI ONLY - Students study for 1 to 2 semesters in the ESLI center to meet English language objectives but do not intend to enter the university for academic studies.

ESLI Conditional Admission Studies - Students apply to the university for a degree program but enter the ESLI center for language training prior to begining their degree program.  Conditional admission students receive an I-20 for language training and a letter of pre-admission approval to the university for the visa interview.  Upon completion of the ESL program, a transfer I-20 for entry into the degree program will be issued by the university.  Students who successfully complete ESL are not required to submit a TOEFL. Please note:  student may not begin academic studies until they have completed ESL. 

 ESLI Start Terms (approximate dates)

  • Fall term - Aug - Dec
  • Spring term - Jan - May
  • Summer term - June - Aug

ESLI Services

  • Airport pick-up 
  • Four levels of instruction
  • 25 hours of instruction each week
  • University preparation program
  • Conditional admission for academically qualified students
  • Orientation, registration and advising
  • Certificate of completion

Application Procedures

ESLI at West Texas A&M University has a dedicated and appointed staff member that will help you through the application process for your admission to the ESLI program. Please contact the WTAMU ESLI Director Yvette Saenz at ysaenz@wtamu.edu.


Contact Information

Yvette Saenz
ESLI Director
(806) 651-2980