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Admission Procedures for Students in an English Language Program at ESLI

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville offers conditional admission to qualified undergraduate students. In addition, SIUE offers conditional admission to qualified graduate students in select programs who are academically eligible for admission, but do not meet the English language proficiency requirement as measured by TOEFL or IELTS.

Students applying for conditional admission must study at ESLI until they demonstrate sufficient English proficiency by successfully completing ESLI Level 4 or by fulfilling another form of SIUE-approved English verification.

The following graduate programs will consider applications for conditional admission:

  • Accountancy

  • Biological Sciences (a faculty mentor must be identified by the student)

  • Business Administration

  • Chemistry

  • Civil Engineering

  • Computer Management and Information Systems

  • Computer Science

  • Economics and Finance

  • Electrical Engineering

  • English

  • Environmental Sciences

  • Industrial Engineering

  • Marketing Research

  • Mass Communications

  • Mathematics

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Music (Performance)

  • Public Administration

  • Sociology

To apply for conditional admission, applicants need to:

  1. Complete an online international student application. (Application fee waived for international undergraduate applicants.) Please apply for the start date that you expect to complete ESLI Level 4. We will require a new application to update a start date.

  2. On the application under Item 4 of the checklist (Personal Information), please answer “Yes” to the following question:

Email your transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Transcripts must be issued in English or accompanied by a certified translation. You may submit scanned copies in PDF format to

  1. Submit a copy of your passport biographical (photo) page to

  2. Submit any requirements of the graduate program as listed at the Graduate School website. You are not required to submit standardized tests such as GRE or GMAT until you complete your English language training and apply for full admission.

  3. Contact an ESLI Counselor and complete an ESLI Language Center application form. Questions about ESLI may be directed to ESLI staff member Lori Osborn at lori@esli‑

    Submit letter of admission from ELSI or a copy of your ELSI issued I-20 to You also may mail documents to:

    Office of Graduate and International Admissions
    Box 1047
    Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047

    Physical Address for Express Mail Service:
    Office of Graduate and International Admissions
    70 Hairpin Drive
    Rendleman Hall, Room 1207
    Edwardsville, IL 62026-1047


Requirements for Full Admission

Any standardized testing requirements that apply can be postponed in the conditional admission application, but must be met before SIUE will grant full admission. These requirements will be outlined in the student&rsqo;s letter of conditional admission.

Fulfillment of any other requirements outlined in the letter of conditional admission, for example prerequisite courses.

Proof of successful completion of ELS Level 4.

Financial Forms are required for students planning to attend on an F-1 student visa. Students offered conditional admission are issued the initial I-20 from ESLI. Financial verification forms will be required by SIUE in order to grant full admission. Students must provide proof of financial support for one academic year to be issued an SIUE I-20.

Original Transcripts: Before granting full admission, SIUE will require that original transcripts be mailed or presented to the Admissions Office.

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