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 (**).

Summer Term, 2016

Priority Application Deadline: March 1, 2016*

Date Item
May 13 Placement Test/Orientation
May 16 ESL Registration
May 17 First Day of ESL classes
June 27 Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
August 8 End-of-Term Institutional TOEFL

Fall Term, 2016

Priority Application Deadline: June 1, 2016*

Date Item
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*

Date Item
January 5 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

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