Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- This program sounds interesting. How do I apply?
- I'm not in the ESOL Program but want to take ESOL courses. Can any University of Rochester undergraduate take these courses?
- I’m worried about my residency status and taxes. Where can I find information about my student visa and paying taxes online?
1. This program sounds interesting. How do I apply?
Students are admitted into the ESOL Program as a result of the University of Rochester application process. There is no separate application for the ESOL program. To apply to the University of Rochester, please refer to the Admissions website: http://enrollment.rochester.edu/admissions/.
2. Will I receive the same degree as other students?
Yes, you will receive the exact same degree as other UR students (once you fulfill the degree requirements, of course). Your degree will allow you the same opportunity for acceptance into a graduate program as any other degree. Moreover, you will be multilingual!
3. If I am admitted through the ESOL Program, how long will it take to earn a degree?
Taking the required ESOL Program courses may extend the total time it takes to complete your degree. After successfully completing 16 credits per semester during the first year, students who average 16 credits per semester over the next three years would need an additional 8 credits to graduate. You will find, however, that Rochester offers several options that allow you to complete these additional 8 credits and accelerate coursework, such as taking an extra course during a later semester or taking a course during a summer term.
4. I'm not in the ESOL Program but want to take ESOL courses. Can any University of Rochester undergraduate take these courses?
A student does not need to be admitted through the ESOL Program to take ESOL courses. Students wishing to enroll in an ESOL course should contact the Paige Sloan, ESOL Program Director to discuss course selection.
5. I’d like to improve my English. Where can I find some ESOL-related study materials online?
American Culture Podcasts
Activities for English Study
Center for Applied Linguistics
English Grammar on the Web
English Grammar Teaching Activities
Learning English Online
Corky's Movie Scripts
English Learner Movie Guides
English Listening Lounge
ESL Cyber Listening Lab
Obtaining Language Skills
English Pronunciation Guides
Fun English Study
Voice of America News: Learning English
Purdue Online Writing Lab
6. I want more information on academic support. Where can I find information about support for my academics online?
Center for Academic Support
College Writing Center
Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL)
7. I’m worried about my residency status and taxes. Where can I find information about my student visa and paying taxes online?
International Services Office
8. I want to know about campus life. Where do University of Rochester students go for information about campus life online?
Parking and Transportation Services
9. I want to make friends and be more active on campus. Where can I find information about student groups and activities online?
Students’ Association Government
University Calendar of Events
10. I want to explore my new city. Where can I find information about the Rochester community online?
Official Tourism Site for Rochester, NY
Roc Wiki - A People's Guide to Rochester, NY