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Future Students

English as a Second Language (ESL)

ESL teacher and students in the classroom.

Admission Requirements

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.

ESL Session Dates

Session Placement Testing Orientation Classes Begin Classes End Final Testing Session Ends
Spring 2016 Jan 6 Jan 8 Jan 11 April 22 April 23 April 23
Summer 2016 May 31 June 1 June 6 July 28 July 29 July 29
Fall 2016 Aug 17 Aug 18 Aug 22 Dec 5 Dec 6 Dec 6

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

/ International Admission

The Office of International Admission is located at Towers Hall, 1 South Grove St., Westerville, OH 43081, USA

Office Hours
M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
M-F: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (summer)

p/ 614.823.1356
e/ intotterb@otterbein.edu
QQ Account: 3136607263
WeChat: Otterbein University

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

Richard Ji
Coordinator, International Recruitment and Student Support Services 
p/ 614.823.3209
e/ rji@otterbein.edu

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