Contact: International Programs Office
Office: 111 Royce Hall
Phone: 608.342.1726

About UW-Platteville English Language Program

The English Language Program (ELP) at UW-Platteville is administratively housed under the International Programs office. This program primarily serves prospective international students who meet all admission requirements except for their English language proficiency to prepare them for academic success at UW-Platteville as well as improve their proficiency in English. Upon successful completion of the ELP, students are admitted as full-time degree-seeking undergraduate students at UW-Platteville. In addition to providing services to academically bound international students, the program serves non-academically bound students who are interested in improving their English language proficiency and/or understanding of the U.S. culture for professional and/or personal development. The ELP offers three sessions during a regular academic year (i.e., fall, spring, and summer sessions). A fall or spring semester lasts 16 weeks, and a summer term lasts 8 weeks. In collaboration with other campus units, the ELP contributes to the university’s strategic goals of internationalizing the campus.


Students must submit the following items with their application:

  • TOEFL or IELTS documentation of English Language Proficiency*
  • Documentation of completion of secondary school/high school
  • UW-Platteville Financial Verification Form
  • Bank Statement or letter from government sponsor
  • Copy of passport

*If a TOEFL or IELTS score is not available, please contact Admissions ( for additional options.

The TOEFL: Test of English as Foreign Language exam is developed and administered by ETS (  IELTS: International English Language Testing System is an international test of English language proficiency (  All students will take an additional placement test during orientation.  Students are placed into courses at the appropriate levels based on their placement test results and upon the recommendation of the ELP coordinator.

Students who receive a TOEFL score of 64 or higher (internet based) or an IELTS score of 5.5 or higher meet the university’s English language proficiency requirement and may apply for admission as a degree-seeking undergraduate student.


Students bridging in the ELP generally take 1 or 2 semesters, before enrolling full-time in undergraduate courses. At the beginning of each semester ELP students take a placement test to determine their level of English language ability. To meet the English language proficiency requirements and be allowed to bridge, students must test into Advanced I or Advanced II level with a GPA of 89% or higher for their final ELP session.

If after taking a TOEFL or IELTS exam, students' exam scores meet the minimum requirements for undergraduate study and if the students have good academic standing in their ELP program, bridging students can begin the admissions process to an undergraduate degree program.

ELP Curriculum

The ELP offers English as a Second Language (ESL) courses at five levels (Level I Beginning I, Level II Beginning II, Level III Intermediate, Level IV Advanced I, and Level V Advanced II/Bridging).

Level I: beginning i

Students at the Beginning I level will have a limited understanding of English with some previous experience with the language in elementary school, high school, a language institutes, and/or at home. This level is designed to guide the learner to develop a beginning vocabulary, recognize key words and main ideas in contexts, answer questions using content words, and write using basic sentence structures. Beginning I level instruction classes consist of:

Course Title Credits
ESL 111Elementary English I3
ESL 112English Conversations I3
ESL 113Beginning Reading and Writing I3
ESL 115Special Topics For Beginning I1-3

Level II: beginning ii

Students at the Beginning II level will broaden their grammatical understanding, extend upon vocabulary, and make connections among ideas through oral and written communication practice. Students will begin to identify the gist of content to advance comprehension skills and to develop abilities to express ideas with increased clarity and detail. Beginning II level instruction classes consist of:

Course Title Credits
ESL 121Elementary English II3
ESL 122English Conversations II3
ESL 123Beginning Reading and Writing II3
ESL 125Special Topics For Beginning II1-3

Level III: Intermediate

Students at the intermediate level are approaching readiness for academic study but still have some significant weaknesses using their English skills. This level is designed to broaden and deepen students’ linguistic foundation as well as to refine their language skills within a communicative academic context. Intermediate level instruction classes consist of:

Course Title Credits
ESL 131Intermediate Listening and Speaking3
ESL 132Intermediate Reading and Vocabulary3
ESL 133Intermediate Writing and Grammar3
ESL 134U.S. Culture3
ESL 135Special Topics for Intermediate Level (Elective)1-3

Level IV: Advanced I

Students at the Advanced I level will focus on improving their general language proficiency for practical, social, academic, and intercultural needs.  Instruction at this level is designed to familiarize students with organizing, paraphrasing, summarizing, and synthesizing in English in both spoken and written forms. Advanced I level classes consist of:

Course Title Credits
ESL 141Advanced Listening and Speaking3
ESL 142Advanced Reading and Vocabulary3
ESL 143Advanced Writing and Grammar3
ESL 144Topics in U.S. Higher Education3
ESL 145Special Topics for Advanced I Level (Elective)1-3

Level V: Advanced II

Students at the Advanced II level are nearly ready to begin academic study or participate with confidence in professional settings.  ELP courses at Advanced II level will focus on improving students’ academic language proficiency and preparing them for success in college-level courses. Advanced II level classes consist of:

Course Title Credits
ESL 151Academic Listening and Note-taking3
ESL 152Academic Speaking3
ESL 153Academic Reading and Writing3
ESL 155Special Topics for Advanced II/Bridging Level (Elective)1-3

Please note: Beginning Level I and II ELP programs are not available at this time but will added to the ELP curriculum at a later date.

Student Credit Load

A full time ELP student should take a minimum of 12 credits during a regular semester.

Credit Hours/Clock Hours

UW-Platteville English Language Program: ESL Credits and Clock Hours Conversion

15 ESL credits 25 clock hours
12 ESL credits 20 clock hours
9 ESL credits 15 clock hours
6 ESL credits 10 clock hours
3 ESL credits 5 clock hours

1 clock hour = 50 minutes of classroom instruction

All ESL courses are non-degree credit courses that do not count towards graduation credits.

Concurrent Enrollment in Undergraduate courses

Students at Level V Advanced II/Bridging are eligible to take 1-6 undergraduate credits upon the recommendation of the ELP coordinator in addition to completing a minimum of 9 required ESL credits.

Satisfactory Progress Rules

A student may repeat a required ESL course at any given level only once.