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ESL brochures

Find out more about ESL at SMU through our brochure (in English or Portuguese).

Office of International Programs
and Development

5000 Abbey Way SE
Old Main Room 430
Lacey, WA 98503
Phone: 360-438-4504
Fax: 360-438-4359
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST

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English as a Second Language program

Saint Martin's University offers an intensive ESL program for students who are academically qualified to attend Saint Martin's, but lack the required TOEFL score. The program offers college preparatory courses for students from the beginning to advanced level.

NOTE: Students applying to the intensive ESL program must meet all Saint Martin's University admission requirements with the exception of the TOEFL score.


Students accepted to the intensive ESL program may be granted conditional admission to the University. They are expected to complete their ESL study within an 18 month period. Any extension beyond 18 months will require special permission from the program director.

Students who have achieved TOEFL scores between 480 and 524 may enter with concurrent status and are allowed to enroll in one or two regular courses in addition to ESL courses. A student may fully enroll in regular courses once a 525 or better TOEFL score has been achieved.

NOTE: The Saint Martin's ESL program has a "late start" spring semester in order to match better with Asian academic calendars.

Apply now for ESL

To apply for the Intensive ESL Program, please submit the following documents to the Office of International Programs and Development:

  1. Completed ESL application (scan and email to or submit by mail)
  2. $50 ESL application fee (payable by wire transfer or international money order made payable to Saint Martin’s University)
  3. Official transcripts (high school or university)1
  4. Financial declaration (official bank statement showing sufficient funds to cover the total cost of the program)2
  5. Copy of passport

1Please mail original transcript documents with English translations. Photocopies of transcripts will not be accepted. In some circumstances, we may require a WES evaluation of your transcripts before an admissions decision can be made.
2Please mail bank documents with English translations. Photocopies of original account statements are accepted.

ESL program dates and costs

Information on dates and costs for 2015-2016 are available on our tuition and international scholarships page.