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Undergraduate Admissions
Richard O’Rourke
International Recruiter and Advisor
1200 S. Jay St., Box 1103
Graduate Admissions
Tammy Griffith, Program Assistant
1200 S. Jay St., Box 1153
Academic English Program
Tara Arntsen, Interim Director
1200 S. Jay St., Box 1154
+1-605– 626–7693
Exchange Program
Stacey Schmidt, International Student Advisor
1200 S. Jay Street, Box 1082
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Academic English Program at Northern
 Braralee Khattapan
I didn’t know how I could live and survive here because my English was very bad. But when I arrived and started the Academic English Program, everything changed. The teachers in the Academic English Program are professional. They know how to help. They have many activities to help study English. It has been very fun. I was lucky to come here. NSU helped me to start my new life in America.”
Braralee Khattapan (Thailand)

Learn the English you need to study in America, while in America!

The Academic English Program at NSU is designed to give you the English skills needed for study in an American undergraduate or graduate program.

When you arrive, you will be placed in a level that will best suit your needs.  As your English skills improve, you will be able to advance in level. Once you have completed the advanced level, your English language requirement to enter the university has been achieved!

We offer four levels of academic English language courses:


  • Pre-Beginner Level:  Pre-Beginner Reading, Pre-Beginner Writing, Pre-Beginner Listening and Speaking, Pre-Beginner Grammar



  • Beginner Level:  Beginner Reading, Beginner Writing, Beginner Listening and Speaking, Beginner Grammar
  • Intermediate Level:  Intermediate Reading, Intermediate Writing, Intermediate Listening and Speaking, Intermediate Grammar


  • Advanced Level:  Advanced Reading, Advanced Writing, Advanced Listening and Speaking, Advanced Grammar

Each level has 18 hours of instruction a week, including one hour in a language lab.  Tutoring also is available.

Our courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable English language experts in small classes to provide ideal teacher-to-student interaction.  Our classes also enjoy trips around beautiful South Dakota. 
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