Madonna University’s ESL program offers intensive English for Academic Purposes classes ranging from low-intermediate to advanced levels in four skill areas: listening/speaking, reading, writing, and grammar. In addition, students attend American Culture and Language Immersion for four hours per week.

Madonna University’s ESL classes are unique in that up to 19 credit hours (advanced level classes) count toward a bachelor's degree. Moreover, if students take the Madonna University English Placement Test, minimum TOEFL or other test scores are not required as in many other institutions. Students can be issued an I-20 to study Intensive English even if they do not apply to, or plan to enroll in, a degree program. Local non-matriculated ESL students who wish to improve their English language skills may enroll for Continuing Education credit.

The English as a Second Language program at Madonna University is deeply committed to providing comprehensive instruction in all aspects of academic English for non-native speakers. It is our belief that the international students at Madonna University are not simply students, but individuals with considerable value to both the academic and non-academic communities. With this vision, we seek to cultivate in our students the skills necessary to bring their unique perspectives and abilities to all facets of society.

For testing and advising information, please contact Hadeel Betti, ESL Coordinator, at
734-432-5560 or

For information on how to apply for an F-1 visa, please contact Yu-Jo Grace Philson, International Student Advisor, at 734-432-5791 or

Thank you for your interest in Madonna University’s ESL Program,
Andrew Domzalski, Ph.D.
Program Director

 Program Specifics

Unconditional Admission Requirements for Undergraduate and Graduate Students are as follows:

Minimum scores for TOEFL:
(Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Undergraduate Graduate
Paper-and-pencil test 523 550
Computer-based test 207 213
Internet-based test (IBT) 70 80

Either test must be accompanied by TWE
(Test of Written English)
5 5
MELAB 76+ 77+
IELTS 6.0+ 6.5+
PTE Academic 48 53
Prior bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the United States or similar English-speaking country.

Students with no scores or degree, as noted above, should reference the FAQ.


For academic year 2016-2017

Students in Degree Programs and/or on F-1 Student Visas:

1 to 15 credits   $300/credit
16 credits includes a 0 credit immersion course for 4 hours/wk.   $4,800 flat rate
Additional Tuition for ESL 4000-level courses   $430/credit
ESL 5000-level courses   $835/credit
Non-credit ESL courses   $300/hour
 Placement Tests

Taking an English Placement Test:

• You must register in advance.
• Testing is limited to 20 students per session. Spaces are first-come, first-served.
• Please pay the $25 fee at Student Accounts prior to taking the test.
• Bring your paid receipt and a photo ID to the testing session.
• Late arrivals cannot be accommodated.

The following dates are available for the placement test for Winter 2018:

ESL Placement Testing | Fall 2018-19












9:00 a.m.


class room 2425

*Registration required in advance. To register, email

Testing is limited to 20 students per session. Spaces are first-come, first-served.
• Fee: $25, payable at the Student Accounts Office. Bring your receipt and a photo ID to the testing session.
• Contact Hadeel Betti, ESL Coordinator, for information & registration at or 734-432-5560.

 Non-Credit ESL

All ESL classes may be taken for Continuing Education credit by students who are not admitted to the University, and who simply want to improve their English language skills. Each student must take a placement test before enrolling in classes to ensure the correct level. At the end of the semester, upon successful completion of a course, students receive a certificate from the College of Continuing and Professional Studies.

Each course meets for 16 weeks, twice per week for two hours each session, and costs $1,740. In addition, students meet each Friday for 4 hours of American Language and Culture Immersion activities for no extra cost.

A placement test is required before students may begin classes and costs $25, which is nonrefundable. Please pay the $25 fee at Student Accounts prior to taking the test. Bring the receipt to the testing session. Late arrivals will not be accommodated.

The following dates are available for the placement test. Dates and times are subject to change. Verify this information by calling 734-432-5560 or 734-432-5543.

ESL Placement Testing | Fall 2017/18












9:30 a.m. to approx. 1:00 p.m.


class room 1312





1 p.m. to approx. 4:30 p.m.


class room 1312


 Why Study English as a Second Language (ESL) at Madonna University?
  • Full-time, intensive instruction (20 hours per week) accelerates the language acquisition and learning experience.
  • Small classes provide one-on-one teacher-student interaction and support.
  • Directed/Independent study sections, tutoring, and supplemental instruction support individual students’ language needs.
  • Classes with service learning component and Language and American culture immersion opportunities on and off campus.
  • ESL Conversation Partners Program provides language practice and promotes inter-cultural understanding and awareness.  
  • Up to 19 credit hours (advanced level classes) count toward a bachelor degree at MU.
  • Students in the advanced level can take other university classes concurrently with ESL classes.  
  • Discounted tuition rate for ESL classes.
 Program Overview

The ESL Program at Madonna University is an Intensive English for Academic Purpose Program. As a student in the program, you will receive English language instruction by highly qualified and supportive faculty that focuses on student success. During your time in the program, you will improve your English in all language skill areas: Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing in comfortable classrooms equipped with the latest technology, with face to face instruction supplemented by online based learning and practice. As the focus of the program is on academic English, you will learn academic skills essential to your study in the U.S. These skills include: lecture comprehension and note-taking skills, critical reading and academic writing, research and library skills, and communication skills. Additionally, you will have opportunities to use English outside the classroom by participating in language and American culture immersion activities on and off campus with other Madonna students. Madonna’s ESL Program is committed to providing the best instruction in ESL that will lead to successful completion of a degree program at Madonna University.

 Your Future

Many international students are attracted to Madonna University for a wide-variety of quality majors, including:

  • Nursing
  • Business Administration
  • International Business and Economics
  • Hospice
  • MBA
  • Psychology
  • Child Development
  • Computer Science
 Student Success Stories

Ji Hye Kim photoJi Hye Kim, South Korea, Nursing
When I chose to study abroad, I was faced with many different challenges, especially with speaking English. I attended the ESL program and I learned the academic skills which were very helpful to prepare for academic studies at Madonna.  While I attended the ESL program, I was able to enhance my grammar, writing, vocabulary, and communication skills. Also, the program helped me expand my sights of different cultures and customs and idiomatic uses of English. I liked the small classes so every student was able to participate at least once and teachers were able to give feedback to each one.
After I have gone through the ESL program, I have increased in self-confidence and I was able to be on the Deans’ list every semester. Also, I was able to earn a nursing degree.
It could have been very difficult for me to attend the nursing program which required a lot of course work and professional communication skills, if I haven’t gone through the ESL program.  I had made the right decision to choose to study at Madonna, and I had a great experience and Madonna helped me prepare to be professional nurse at Samsung Medical Center in Seoul, South Korea.

Felipe Guimaraes Felipe Bianchi Ferreira Guimaraes, Brazil, International Business and Economics
I chose International Business as my major because I wish to increase my understanding of global markets and various regions and cultures of the world. Before starting my major, I needed to take English as a Second Language (ESL) classes because I did not speak English before arriving on campus two years ago. This program was the best thing that happened in my life. I created a real family; all the professors and students helped me to achieve my goals. The ESL Program prepared me for what is to come next. After finishing the ESL program, and as I started classes in my academic major, I thought about starting my own company. In my mind, I wanted to create something special and unique. After much work, study and dedication, I started my own company. The knowledge I gain from my major directly influences all the business decisions that I have to make for my company, but most importantly, I will always be thankful to the ESL Program because it prepared me to be a confident English speaker that can hold business negotiations in English with business professionals from all around the world. Madonna University is a good institution that is helping me develop my skills. The professors in the ESL Program are very dedicated and supportive; motivating and encouraging students to give their best. Lastly, if I am to give advice to other students, I would say to never give up! Do your best in each thing that you are going to do. Always trust and respect God. And never accept “never” as an answer.

Jesus A Jesus A., Mexico, Mechanical Engineering
Hi, my name is Jesus A., and I’m a success story from the academic ESL program at Madonna University. While there, I took ESL 2140 Intermediate English Grammar with Dr. Andrew Domzalski and ESL 2160, Intermediate ESL Speaking and Listening with Ms. Hadeel Betti. Both classes were beneficial to me because they helped me become a better communicator. I came to this country without knowing the language or having any idea of this country’s customs or culture outside of American movies. It took a lot of hard work and self-discipline to learn not only how to survive but to thrive. Over the years, I worked, got married and had two children. Juggling all these demands in my life wasn’t easy.  Eventually, I earned my bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.  However, I did not stop there; I started pursuing my Master degree in Mechanical Engineering shortly after I graduated. Today, I work as an entry-level Hybrid Engineer for the Ford Motor Company. Through many uncomfortable experiences and with the help of my teachers and family, I was able to learn English (a difficult language) to the point where I could live and work comfortably here. To be honest, I would choose Math over grammar, writing and public speaking any day. However, I began to see how being familiar with key patterns in the English language, whether written or spoken, affected my ability to communicate ideas well, and that familiarity gave me the necessary edge with employers.