Loyola University Chicago

English Language Learning Program

Loyola’s ESL program

Conditional Admission

Loyola University Chicago offers admission through the international conditional admission program (ICAP) for students who have demonstrated academic achievement, but who may need additional English language preparation and academic support in order to succeed in their English-taught courses. 
As part of the conditional admission program, Loyola pairs English as a second language coursework with specialized tutoring, the support of the University Writing Center, and personalized advising to help students refine the communication skills they need to be successful in their degree program.
The conditional admission program also provides students with pre-arrival advising, on-site orientation, cross-cultural events, and access to all university facilities, resources, and organizations to help make the transition to the U.S. and to academic life at Loyola as smooth as possible.
The International Conditional Admission Program is available for most degree programs, including*:
  • Undergraduate Studies (All Majors)
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Institute of Pastoral Studies
  • Quinlan School of Business
  • School of Communication
  • School of Law
If students do not meet the minimum English language proficiency level required for direct admission, (as evidenced by their TOEFL or IELTS score), they will be conditionally admitted to Loyola and be required to take an English language placement test. Based on the results of this test, students may be required to complete one semester or more of ESL coursework before starting, or concurrently with, their degree courses.
* For more information please visit Undergraduate Admission
» Transition from ESL to Undergraduate Degree Programs
Students enrolled in Loyola's ELLP (any level) are able to apply for conditional admission to undergraduate programs.
No TOEFL or IELTS score is required for undergraduate admission upon completing one of the following:
  • Minimum final grade of B in all ADVANCED ESL Program classes
  • Passing score on ELLP exit exam and writing placement exam
  • Teacher recommendations
» Transition from ESL to Graduate Degree Programs
Programs available:
No TOEFL or IELTS score is required for graduate admission upon completing one of the following two pathways within Loyola's ESL program:
Option 1) Completion of Advanced level ESL courses, ESL 90, 91 and 92 with a minimum final grade of B+ and passing score on ELLP exit exam.
Option 2) Completion of Bridge level course, ESL 101 and 102, with a minimum final grade of B+ and a passing score on ELLP exit exam.
** Each graduate program is different and may choose which pathway is appropriate for their program. For instance, Computer Science may wish to accept passage of the Advanced level ESL (TOEFL score of 80); English may wish to accept passage of the Bridge level ESL courses (TOEFL score of 90)