ESL Classes

Students can begin taking ESL classes at the start of the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. These classes focus on building and mastering grammar, reading-writing, and listening-speaking skills. We also offer classes that allow students to improve pronunciation, practice conversation with other students and native English speakers, develop critical thinking skills, and prepare for college-level writing. All of our ESL classes contribute to our central mission of giving students the ability to successfully communicate in English in a short amount of time.

Who takes ESL classes in CIEP?

We serve students who come to CIEP intending only to study English. We also serve students who plan to move into undergraduate or graduate degree programs at Andrews University after they complete their ESL classes.

If you are planning to study in a degree program at Andrews University and you did not attend a high school in English for four complete years, you will need to take an English language proficiency test accepted by Andrews. Most students take the TOEFL, either the official Internet-based test (TOEFL IBT) or the Andrews institutional paper-based test (TOEFL ITP). If you do not score at least 80 on the TOEFL IBT or 550 on the TOEFL ITP (or an equivalent score on another test accepted by Andrews), you will need to take ESL classes in CIEP before you can begin studying in an undergraduate or graduate degree program at Andrews.

Click Andrews Language Tests and Scores for a complete list of the English language proficiency tests accepted by Andrews and the minimum scores needed to study in a degree program without first taking ESL classes.

ESL classes offered in CIEP

There are four levels of ESL classes in CIEP, and each level has core classes in grammar, reading-writing, and listening-speaking. We also offer skill-building classes in pronunciation, critical thinking, conversation skills, American culture, reading and discussion, and college writing preparation. Click List of CIEP ESL Classes for a complete description of the ESL classes that CIEP offers.

How to complete the ESL Program in CIEP

All new CIEP students take a required English placement test (EPT). Based on the EPT score, students are placed into one of the four levels of ESL classes. Students begin taking classes in the initially placed level and as they pass their classes move up to the next level until Level 4 is completed successfully. Students are also required to take and pass a certain number of the skill-building classes (usually one per semester). In addition, all CIEP students are required to take and pass a speaking test at Level 4. Finally, to complete the ESL program, students must take and pass a required exit exam. Upon completing the ESL program in CIEP, a student will earn a CIEP Certificate. 

For students who plan to move into undergraduate or graduate degree programs at Andrews University, the CIEP Certificate demonstrates that Andrews University’s English language proficiency requirements have been met (some degree programs have additional language requirements that must be met).

The Language Pathway Program

CIEP students who plan to move into a degree program at Andrews University may be able to start taking university classes before they complete the ESL program in CIEP. The Language Pathway Program allows students who are close to the minimum required English language proficiency test score to begin taking university classes as they are finishing the ESL program. Many programs on campus participate in the Language Pathway Program. In Pathway 1, students typically take three ESL classes and one university class. In Pathway 2, students typically take two ESL classes and two university classes. Click on Andrews Language Tests and Scores and look at the Pathway 1 and Pathway 2 columns to see the scores needed to participate in the Language Pathway Program. If you have questions about the Language Pathway Program and whether or not a particular degree program participates, please contact us in CIEP.

Costs and Fees

In most cases, ESL classes can be taken in CIEP for rates lower than regular university tuition. Click here for an explanation of all costs and fees to take ESL classes in CIEP.


Please email us in CIEP at or call us at 1-269-471-2260 if you have questions as you are filling out the application.