Loyola University Chicago

English Language Learning Program

Loyola’s ESL program

FAQs

As a Student at Loyola

  1. Complete our on-line application:
    https://www.luc.edu/esl/eslapplication/
  2. Submit Proof of High School or Secondary Education, ONE is acceptable:
    1. Diploma
    2. Transcripts
  3. For students who need an F-1 visa, please submit copies of ALL THREE:
    1. Passport Information Page
    2. Declaration of Finances
    3. A Bank Statement indicating sufficient funds

Students applying to our program are NOT required to take the TOEFL. Students will take our placement test at the beginning of the semester and will then be placed into the appropriate classes.

Yes, our program open to all levels. The program offer seven proficiency levels from the Beginner, Low Intermediate, Intermediate, High Intermediate to Advanced students who are interested in preparing for university or improving their English skills. The Bridge to University level prepares students for graduate studies.

Note: Our program starts with the ACADEMIC BEGINNER.  Beginners in Loyola's ELLP must be able to hold daily simple conversations, write at the sentence level, and read shorter articles or excerpts. For a full explanation, see Intensive English Program (IEP).

ELLP reviews applications in a timely manner, but we cannot guarantee a specific timeline during which your application will be reviewed. Please note that applications for the next semester or session will be prioritized over applications for later semesters of study. If you have been accepted to the program, ELLP will send you a verification email with an official acceptance letter attached. ELLP also regularly reviews active applications to identify if an applicant is missing any materials. If you are missing any materials, you will receive an email from ellp@luc.edu to explain what required documents you must provide.

Usually we receive 40-60 students application per semester. Our program is designed to provide a quality education in small size classes where students may receive plenty of individual attention as they are learning. We are highly focused on helping our students succeed and achieve their goals in learning English language. 

We offer the following classes during the SPRING and FALL:
  • Grammar & Composition
  • Reading & Vocabulary
  • Listening and Speaking
  •  Business English(optional)
  • American English Pronunciation (optional)
  • TOEFL Preparation (optional)
  • Graduate Preparation (for Graduate Students ONLY)
We offer the following classes during the SUMMER:
  • Listening and Speaking
  • Reading and Vocabulary
  • Writing and Grammar

For course descriptions, please click here.

No. The ELLP Program is a separate language program for the university, and none of the classes can be applied towards an undergraduate or graduate degree. However, successful completion of these classes will prepare you for university work.

No. While studying in the ELLP Program helps students prepare for degree work in English, it does not guarantee admission into a degree program. If you are interested in joining a Loyola degree program after the ELLP Program, please contact Undergraduate Admission or Graduate Enrollment for more information. Admission to a degree program requires a separate application process.

Students with an F-1 Visa are required by the government to study full-time, 18 hours per week. Other visa holders should contact Ryan Radebaugh, our immigration specialist to determine how many hours they must study per week - rradebaugh@LUC.edu. You can also contact Marian Carlsonmcarl2@LUC.edu Green-card holders or other applicants may study full or part-time.

Yes. New ELLP Program students are required to take the English Placement Test upon arrival and before registration. Your results on this test will help us determine which level is best for you. If your skills do not match the minimum requirements for the ELLP Program at Loyola, we will release you to transfer to another school of your choosing. Anyone testing later than the dates listed above will have to make special arrangements with the program director and may incur a late registration fee.

Current Loyola students may register for ELLP classes without taking the placement test. If you are a current Loyola students and you have questions about registration, please contact ellp@luc.edu.

The English Placement Test is designed to assess your current level of English language skill in the following areas: Listening, Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing. There is no need to study for this test and there are not any preparation materials. Please bring a photo ID on the day of the test. Dictionaries and cell phone use are not allowed.

Placement decisions by ELLP Program staff and faculty are final, unless a student feels that a lower level class is more appropriate or they file a formal appeal according to the Placement Appeals Process described in the Student Handbook.

Students only take the Placement Test ONE time.

For test location information, please contact ellp@luc.edu

Yes. At the end of the semester when students take their final level of ESL coursework (Advanced-level ESL classes for ELLP and undergraduate students; Graduate Bridge-level courses for graduate students), they are required to take the ELLP Exit Test. This test will not impact your course grades; rather, it will communicate to ELLP if you have successfully completed all of our program requirements, and to the university whether or not you are prepared for undergraduate or graduate study.

The ELLP Exit Test is designed to assess your current level of English language skill in the following areas: Listening, Reading, Vocabulary, Grammar, and Writing. There is no need to study for this test and there are no preparation materials.  Dictionaries and cell phone use are not allowed.

The answer depends on your level at the time of applying as well as your effort towards your studies. Some students study in our program for one semester, and others study for two years.

Yes, ELLP does have an attendance policy for its ESL classes. Students must maintain a minimum of 85% attendance. Students who fall below this level of attendance in any class will fail the class and could be dismissed from the program. Dismissal is particularly serious for students who hold an F-1 visa, as it will negatively impact your ability to study as an international student at Loyola and in the United States.

If you have completed the full semester of Advanced-level ESL coursework and successfully earned a minimum grade of 80% (B-) or above, and if you have successfully completed the ELLP Exit Test, you may request a Certificate of Completion at the end of the semester. For students preparing for graduate-level study, if you have completed the full semester of Graduate Bridge-level ESL coursework and successfully earned a minimum grade of 87% (B+) or above, and if you have successfully completed the ELLP Exit Test, you may request a Certificate of Completion as well.