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

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 (**).
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Fall Term, 2019

Priority Application Date: June 1, 2019*

August 14 Orientation (required)  --  Wednesday
August 15 Placement test (required) --Thursday
August 19 Registration for Classes -- Monday
August 20 First day of ESL classes  -- Tuesday
October 7 Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
December 9 Final Exams


Spring Term, 2020

Priority Application Deadline: November 15, 2019*

January 9 Placement Testing and Orientation  (Thursday)
January 13 Registration
January 14 First day of ESL classes
March 2 Classes for 2nd half-term begin, if available
May 4 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