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 (**).

Spring Term, 2018

Priority Application Deadline: October 15, 2017*

January 5 Pacement Test/Orientation
January 8 ESL Registration
January 9 First day of ESL classes
February 26 Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
April 30 Final Exams


Summer Term, 2018

Applications for Summer are now closed.  Please select FALL 2018.

May 11 Placement Test/Orientation
May 14  ESL Registration
May 15 First day of ESL classes
June 25 Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
August 6 Final Exams


Fall Term, 2018

Piority Application Deadline: May 31st, 2018*

August 16 and 17 Placement Testing and Orientation
August 20 Registration
August 21 First day of ESL classes
October 15 Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
December 10 Final Exams

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