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The Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership at Saint Mary's College provides an intensive English Language School to non-native speakers ranging from beginner to advanced levels. The year-round program offers continuous 4-week sessions and focuses on preparing students for higher education and life in the U.S.

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Program Highlights

  • Small classes with expert faculty designed for individual attention and success
  • Close-knit, all women's college with the University of Notre Dame across the street
  • Full immersion experience of U.S. college life
  • Four residence halls to choose from with spacious rooms and free Wi-Fi

  • Easy access to on-campus dining services, Women's Health Center, library resources, computer labs and free printing
  • Monthly outings and activities (trips to Chicago and nearby cities, restuarants, museums, parks, music and art events, ice skating, cultural events, and much more)
  • Conversation partners
  • Preparation for the TOEFL and IELTS exams
  • Immigration and Visa advising for international students 

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Application Process

  • Download application 

PDF format  application -- Click here! 

Fillable Microsoft Word form (to be completed and emailed)   -- Click here!

  • Choose dates of study (indicate on application)
  • Submit complete application, supplement materials and application fee
  • Complete online proficiency exam for placement in appropriate level
  • Submit online housing and health forms (sent via email)
  • Arrive on campus for orientation and begin classes
  •  Pay tuition and fees


Schedule / Academic Calendar

Please download our 2015-2016 Academic Calendar for specific session dates. 

Courses are offered year-round in 4-week sessions and complete semesters

Daily Schedule

The 2015-16 daily schedule is now available.


Available Courses

The Saint Mary's College English Language School offers classes from the beginner to the advanced level.  Full-time students choose 5 classes for a total of 25 instructional hours a week. 


  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Listening and Speaking
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Reading
  • Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Writing 
  • Electives:
    • Grammar I, Grammar II, Intensive University Academic Preparation, Cultural Exploration & Service Learning, TOEFL Prep, Topics  

Program Costs

Our 2015-16 Program costs are now available.

  • TUITION: $260 per class per 4-week session
  • FEES: $95 per 4-week session
  • Textbooks: $100-$200
  • Personal expenses: $475
  • Health insurance (required for F-1 and J-1 students): $100
  • Living expenses: Will vary
    • Living options:
      • On campus (meal plans, free wifi, and cable TV are included)
          • Room costs vary based on availability of options: Single, Double, Triple, Quad.
      • Off campus apartment (utilities, food, TV, internet, furniture, and transporation costs are additional)

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Contact Information

For more information or questions on the English Language School contact:

Terra Cowham

Assistant Director for International Student/Scholar Services and the
English Language School
Saint Mary's College

+1 (574) 284-4212

tcowham [at] saintmarys [dot] edu

els [at] saintmarys [dot] edu

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