English as a Second Language Program

Extending our focus on education, Kettering is pleased to offer an ESL program. Students of Kettering’s English as a Second Language Program (ESLP) will benefit from a STEM-focused instruction and immersion in our campus community. The ESLP is committed to non-native speakers’ development of effective oral and written communication skills in a supportive and STEM-focused environment.


Shuang Liu is a graduate of the class of 2018.When Shuang Liu ‘18 traveled more than 7,000 miles from China to Kettering University, she learned far more than what was taught in the classroom.

Liu, who came to Kettering to earn her Master of Business Administration, will be the first student to successfully complete Kettering’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. On Saturday, June 16, Liu will walk across the stage at Commencement knowing she has many things to be proud of.

“I will never regret taking the ESL program at Kettering. I learned a lot from from the staff here," Liu said. "I can learn beyond my expectations. I learned how to learn outside of the classroom and how to study not only for the language, but also study in my master’s degree courses."

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There are 4 levels:

ESL 96 Intermediate 1
ESL 97 Intermediate 2
ESL 98 Advanced 1
ESL 99 Advanced 2

Each level consists of 20 class hours per week and the length of the term is 10 weeks.

To apply, please submit the following documents two months before your intended start date:

  • An ESLP application
  • Your high school (or university) transcripts with English translation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Evidence of financial responsibility (Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Evidence of at least two years of high school English
  • Skype interview/Phone interview with the ESL Program Director

Please note that:

  • English proficiency test scores are not required for admission, but you may send them as evidence of at least two years of high school English.
  • Admitted ESLP students will only take ESLP courses.
  • ESLP courses do not count for academic credit.

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The week before classes begin, there is orientation and a placement test. The placement test includes the following parts:

  1. 50-minute Listening and Reading Test. You can practice at https://www.efset.org/.
  2. 10-minute Spoken Interview
  3. 35-minute Timed Writing Test

Your instructors will use your results from the placement test to assign you to the appropriate level for your abilities. See the course catalog and table below for reference.

 Level CEFR Placement Rating
 ESL 099 Advanced 2 B2
 ESL 098 Advanced 1 B1+
 ESL 097 Intermediate 2 B1
 ESL 096 Intermediate 1 A2

CEFR refers to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment.

After receiving your placement level, you will be able to pay for tuition, books, housing, and insurance. See payment information below.

ESL Tuition$6,500
ESL Books and TOEFL Test$300
Room and Meal Plan (Thompson Hall)$3,470
Kettering Health Insurance*$300
Total Cost Per Term


The English as a Second Language Program uses Kettering’s Undergraduate Academic Calendar.

Program Dates for ESLP

Class Start Date
Class End Date
Summer 2018July 9, 2018September 22, 2018
Fall 2018October 1, 2018December 14, 2018
Winter 2019January 7, 2019March 22, 2019
Spring 2019April 1, 2019June 14, 2019 

Sample Weekly Schedule

8:00-9:00Listening/SpeakingReadingListening/SpeakingReading Writing

The flags of the various countries of our international students hang in the Campus Center's Great Court.

Hear what our students say…

“Going to Kettering University's ESL classes was one of the greatest experiences in my life. I studied English for six months and my instructors taught me a lot and have impacted my life because they believe in my ability to become a great student. I would recommend to anyone to develop your English skills at Kettering University's ESLP.”

能够去凯特林的ESL学习英语,我觉得是我人生中最宝贵的经历之一。我学习英语技能6个月,我的老师教会我很多并且一直相信我会成为一名很好的学生,这已激励我更好的学习研究生课程。 我极力的推荐您们到凯特林的ESLP学习英语。" Liu Shuang (Jennifer)

“The ESL class not only improved my English skills a lot, but also gave me a chance to learn more about American culture. The class always takes the student’s need as its first priority, so I can learn what I need, not just what I should.”

英语课程不但使我的英文水平大大提高,而且还可以学习到美国文化。这门课程把学生们的需求放在第一位,所以我可以学习到我需要的东西,而不仅仅是我应该学的。Xu Qunqun (Scott)

From the Higher Learning Commission

Kettering University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission at the Certificate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Specialist’s, and Doctor’s degree-granting levels and has been accredited since 1969. The Commission’s accreditation includes all courses offered by the institution at its campus and all other instructional facilities , including its English as a Second Language (ESL) program. 

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