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Improve your English language skills and cultural awareness for future academic and professional success.

The program follows the innovative and effective Focal Skills Approach to English Language Acquisition. The Focal Skills Approach allows language skills to build on one another naturally in a series of sequenced learning modules. There are four learning modules:

  • Focus on Listening
  • Focus on Reading
  • Focus on Writing
  • Advanced Integration

A tested modular approach

computer science studentsStudents are tested upon entry into the program and then placed in the module best suited to their current level of English. Students are re-tested every four weeks and given the opportunity to advance to the next module.

Students usually spend from one to four months in each module. In this way, they develop their English language ability based on a solid foundation of previously acquired skills. Students may also skip a module if their placement test score indicates that special focus on that language skill is unnecessary. Students who complete the advanced module sequence have achieved a high English language competency and are ready to begin academic study or live and work in an English-speaking environment.

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Pedro Ugalde, admissions counselorPedro Ugalde is this program’s admissions counselor for US students. Pedro will provide you with all the details of becoming a student, including connecting you with program faculty when you have questions.

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International applicants may connect with us through our international inquiry form.

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Mark Ellinghaus


Mark Ellinghaus, ESL program director, has a keen interest in modern theories and practical techniques for second language acquisition. He opened an English language school in Guatemala, where he taught for several years, and then joined MIU in 2011. “Our students primarily come to complete their academic degrees, so the focus in class is always on those techniques that are most effective in furthering language acquisition.”

Cost, 2024-25

US English as a Second Language (ESL)

Tuition and fees, per month$1,245
Housing (single room) and meals, per month$740
Total Cost per month$1,985

Books and personal expenses are estimated to be $250 per month. Transcendental Meditation instruction, for those that require it, is an additional one-time fee of $190.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date. For more information, contact us at finaid@miu.edu for a quick reply — normally one business day — or see more about financial aid.

International English as A Second Language (ESL)

Cost for 3 months
Tuition and fees$3,735
Housing (single room) and meals$2,220
Health insurance (estimated)$996
Total cost$6,951

Books and personal expenses are estimated to be $250 per month.

Tuition, other fees, scholarships, and financial policies are subject to change prior to the entry date.

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