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- Beginner Level: reading, writing, listening and speaking, grammar
- Intermediate Level: reading, writing, listening and speaking, grammar
- Advanced Level Pathways Program: see below for a detailed description
Each level has 18 hours of classroom instruction a week, including one hour in language lab. Tutoring is also available.
Our courses are taught by experienced and knowledgeable English language experts in small classes to provide ideal teacher-to-student interaction. Our students also enjoy trips around South Dakota.
The Pathways Program
The 28-credit Pathways Program is a rigorous course of English language study that replaces the advanced level of the Academic English Program (AEP). In this program, English language learners (ELLs) can take content courses - courses that count towards graduation (example: PHIL 100 Introduction to Philosophy). At the same time, ELLs can take AEP courses (example: AEP 032 Advanced Writing) that support their academic success in content courses. The program is designed to benefit both international ELLs - including international degree-seekers and exchange students - and domestic ELLs.
If conditionally admitted to Northern, students who successfully complete two semesters of the Pathways Program will have met the English language proficiency requirement and be fully admitted to the university. At any time, students may seek direct admission to Northern by providing a TOEFL or IELTS score that meets admission requirements.
All other ELL students who have been admitted to Northern can be referred to the Pathways Program for additional support, participating in the program either full-time or part-time for one or more semesters.
If you have tested for TOEFL or IELTS, send us your score to determine placement and eligibility for the International Student Transition Scholarship of $1,500 during your first year at NSU. Completion of the Intensive English Program at NSU will satisfy all testing requirements for admission to a degree program.
Once you receive your I-20 SEVIS document from NSU, apply for a student visa at your nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. For more information and assistance with your student visa, please visit Study in the States.
Get started in our Intensive English Program by applying now!