Since 1985, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Maryville College has provided high-quality English instruction in a supportive environment to non-native speakers of English from abroad and from the local community. Our program prepares students to achieve their academic or professional goals and succeed in social, business, and academic settings.

Maryville College ESL program is an intensive language program for students serious about learning English rapidly.  We offer: 

  1. 5-week sessions starting year-round (6 weeks in the summer) so you can begin when you want and study for as long as you want
  2. Comprehensive 2-day international student orientation program
  3. Courses at all ability levels from introductory to advanced
  4. Small class size of no more than 12 students (average 6-8)
  5. 20-25 hours a week in class and additional hours out of class, during optional trips and excursions
  6. Opportunity to audit college classes, or take college classes for credit
  7. Conditional admission to Maryville College and 3 college credits per successfully completed ESL session at Maryville College once enrolled.
  8. Instructors who are native English speakers and have at least master’s degrees or equivalent experience
  9. A beautiful and safe campus environment
  10. Customized specialty programs for groups, such as teacher training, high school student groups, and courses of specialized content like business or legal English



Program Dates 2018:

We offer start dates every five or 6 weeks:

2018 Fall Semester (16 weeks with 3 possible start/end dates)

Full SemesterAugust 20 - December 12

[Breaks: 09/03, 10/04-07, 11/21-26]

Session 1: August 20 - September 21  

[Labor Day Holiday: September 3]

Session 2: September 24 - November 2 

[Fall Break: October 4 - October 7]

Session 3: November 5 - December 12 

[Thanksgiving Break: November 21 - November 26]

2019 Spring Semester (16 weeks with 3 possible start/end dates)

Full Semester: January 7 - May 1  

[Breaks: Mar 9-17 Spring Break]

Session 1: January 7 - February 8 

Session 2: February 11 - March 22 

[Spring Break: Mar 9-17]

Session 3: March 25 - May 1 

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