- Online Application
- $25 application fee
- Official transcripts and graduation certificates International students must also submit the following:
- Official Bank Statements and Affidavit of Financial Support
- 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.
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
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.