English as a Second Language (E.S.L.) Policy  

for International Students at Viterbo University


Viterbo University recognizes that English language proficiency is an important component of academic success for international students whose native language is not English.  Accepted students who receive TOEFL scores above 500 on the paper test, or above 61 on the Internet-based test, or an IELTS score above 5.5, may enroll in regular undergraduate programs.  Accepted students who receive TOEFL score above 550 on paper test, or above 79 on the Internet-based test, or an IELTS score above 6.0 may enroll in regular graduate programs.  

Students who do not achieve the scores listed above, or who do not have English proficiency test scores, will be placed in the E.S.L. Program according to these policies:

  1. Upon arrival E.S.L. students will take the placement test and enroll in E.S.L. courses.  The course level will be determined by the students’ performance on the placement test used by Viterbo University. If possible, students should take the courses during the Summer E.S.L. Institute, which takes place prior to the beginning of fall semester classes. If this is not possible, they must be taken during their first regular semester.
  2. While in the E.S.L. Program scheduling and advising of students will be done by the Global Education Office.
  3.  E.S.L. course credits may be applied toward open elective credits in the student’s degree program, if allowed by program requirements.
  4. Students must achieve at least a “B” grade in the highest level of E.S.L. classes to complete the E.S.L. program. E.S.L. classes may be repeated one time. Students who do not achieve this grade after their second attempt will be dismissed from the program.
  5. After successfully completing the E.S.L. program students may register for regular courses in their major.