Sacred Heart ESL Program

In order to better assist international students in their transition into taking university-level classes at Sacred Heart University, Sacred Heart offers an intensive English as a Second Language program. 

The Sacred Heart University English Language Institute provides not only English language instruction, but also orientation in United States culture so that international students can acclimate smoothly into the Sacred Heart University community.

Intensive English Language (21 hours per week):

‎‎This program is a full time program of 21 hours a week – 7 individual classes covering listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar, pronunciation and public speaking. This program will prepare students for academic and professional success with English Acquisition. This program is offered at the Fairfield campus. 

The English Language Institute offers high quality English Language instruction to non-native speakers of English. The Institute is an integral part of Sacred Heart University, where international students can participate in campus activities and events as well as meeting other students.

The ESL instructors for all programs have earned their Masters Degree and have many years of quality experience in the field of Adult ESL instruction for academic purposes. 

These programs are designed for students who are 17 and older. All new students are required to take a placement test. Sacred Heart University offers four 8-week semesters and a short intense summer session of 5 weeks. International students can apply for their student visa when enrolled in the intensive or semi-intensive programs. 

Strict attendance policy is enforced. Students are expected to submit homework assignments, attend language lab and participate fully in class. Classes are small in size (10 to 15 students) in order to ensure a successful educative experience for all students. Individual tutoring and conversation partners are available to all full time students. 

Students will receive a conditional acceptance to our undergraduate and graduate programs while attending the English Language Institute.