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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
Email: intladmissions@stmartin.edu
Hours: M-F, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. PST


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English as a Second Language program

Saint Martin's University (SMU) offers an intensive ESL program for students who are academically qualified to attend SMU, but lack the required TOEFL score. The program offers college preparatory courses for students from the beginning to advanced level. Students applying to the intensive ESL program must meet all Saint Martin's University admission requirements with the exception of the TOEFL score.

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 intladmissions@stmartin.edu 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 2014-2015


January 7 - May 7, 2015 (tentative dates)

Tuition $4500
Room/board3 $4830
Fees4 $445
Housing deposit5 $200
Medical insurance2
Total $9975

1 The cost of room/board for the Summer semester is $50 per day. Additional days in the dorm due to early arrival or late departure will be billed accordingly.

2 Medical insurance is mandatory. If a student cannot provide proof of insurance coverage, he/she is required to purchase insurance through the University.

3 The room/board costs quoted for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters are estimates only. The actual costs will vary depending on the dormitory placements and the meal plans (gold, silver or bronze) purchased.

4 The fees($445)charged here include: dorm programming fee: $10; student activity fee: $110; Health center fee: $60; technology fee: $50; international student orientation fee: $200 and recreation fee: $15

5 Housing deposit is refundable provided no damage is done to the Residence hall property. A student's room will be checked prior to student's departure and the return of the housing deposit.

Please note: All costs are estimates only and are subject to change without notice.


August 20 - December 11, 2014

Tuition $4500
Room/board3 $4830
Fees4 $445
Housing deposit5 $200
Medical insurance2
Total $9975

1 The cost of room/board for the Summer semester is $50 per day. Additional days in the dorm due to early arrival or late departure will be billed accordingly.

2 Medical insurance is mandatory. If a student cannot provide proof of insurance coverage, he/she is required to purchase insurance through the University.

3 The room/board costs quoted for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters are estimates only. The actual costs will vary depending on the dormitory placements and the meal plans (gold, silver or bronze) purchased.

4 The fees($445)charged here include: dorm programming fee: $10; student activity fee: $110; Health center fee: $60; technology fee: $50; international student orientation fee: $200 and recreation fee: $15

5 Housing deposit is refundable provided no damage is done to the Residence hall property. A student's room will be checked prior to student's departure and the return of the housing deposit.

Please note: All costs are estimates only and are subject to change without notice.


Session A May 19 - June 15, 2014
(four weeks)

Tuition $900
Room/board1 $1450
Activities fee $500
Medical insurance2
Total $2850

Session B June 16 - July 6, 2014
(three weeks)

Tuition $720
Room/board1 $1100
Activities fee $500
Medical insurance2
Total $2320

Session C July 7 - July 27, 2014
(three weeks)

Tuition $720
Room/board1 $1100
Activities fee $500
Medical insurance2
Total $2320

1The cost of room/board for the Summer semester is $50 per day. Additional days in the dorm due to early arrival or late departure will be billed accordingly.

2Medical insurance is mandatory. If a student cannot provide proof of insurance coverage, he/she is required to purchase insurance through the university.

3The room/board costs quoted for Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters are estimates only. The actual costs will vary depending on the dormitory placements and the meal plans (gold, silver or bronze)) purchased.

4The fees ($45) charged here include: dorm programming fee: $10; Student Activity fee: $110; Health Center fee: $60; Technology fee: $50; International Student Orientation fee: $200 and Recreation fee: $15.

5Housing deposit is refundable provided no damage is done to the Residence Hall property. A student's room will be checked prior to a student's departure and the return of the housing deposit.

Please note: All costs are estimates only and are subject to change without advanced notice.

Students accepted to the intensive ESL program are 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 enter with concurrent status and are allowed to enroll in one or two regular courses in addition to ESL courses. A student will be fully enrolled in regular courses once a 525 or better TOEFL score has been achieved.

Also note that our ESL program has a "late start" spring semester in order to match better with Asian academic calendars.