The ESL program follows the academic calendar at Xavier University, which is based on a semester system. Semesters average 16 weeks in length.

Please note the following:

  • Fall Semester begins in late August and ends in mid-December.
  • Spring Semester begins in early January and ends in early May.
  • A 12-week summer term is available from late May to early August.

See information below about late applications (*) and half-terms (**).

Fall Term, 2016

Priority Application Deadline: June 1, 2016*

 August 18  Placement Test/Orientation
 August 22  ESL Registration
 August 23  First day of ESL classes
 October 17  Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
 December 12  End-of-term Institutional TOEFL

Spring Term, 2017

Priority Application Deadline: October 15, 2016*

 January 6  Placement Test/Orientation
 January 9  ESL Registration
 January 10  First day of ESL classes
 February 27  Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
 May 1   End-of-term Institutional TOEFL

Summer Term, 2017

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2017*

 May 12  Placement Test/Orientation
 May 15  ESL Registration
 May 16  First day of ESL classes
 June 26  Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
 August 7  End-of-term Institutional TOEFL

Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis according to program availability. Admission cannot be guaranteed.

* Late applications will be considered, but please note that admission cannot be guaranteed. It is important to apply as early as possible to allow enough time to mail documents and obtain a student visa. If you are applying from within the United States, application time is  generally shorter.

** A note about half-semesters: To provide some flexibility, ESL students who are already in the country and who are eligible to study may transfer to enroll for a half semester. Please note that space cannot be guaranteed. Contact the Director about availability of half-terms.

All dates subject to change