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The Program in English as a Second Language is a world-renowned program for students, instructors, administrators, and staff who are committed to the teaching of English to non-native speakers. The ESL Program seeks to support the University’s international students by providing ESL instruction, to enhance undergraduate education through work with international teaching assistants, to train prospective ESL teachers, and to support the University’s community and international goals.

Every year, we train many students through our Intensive English Program, in addition to offering a host of other services and programs, including ESL courses for UW-Madison degree students, training for International Teaching Assistants, and a TESOL Certificate Program for undergraduate and graduate students alike.

If you have questions about our programs, services, mission, or people, please contact us at

    Important Dates

    SPEAK Test Dates

    The last test date for Fall semester is November 24, 2014.  Second semester test dates are:  1/12, 1/14, 2/23, 3/23, and 4/27.

    ESLAT (UW's English as a Second Language Assessment Test) Dates
    The ESLAT is offered the week before the beginning of the Spring and Fall semesters. Next test dates are Monday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 14, 2015 in Room 1111 Humanities Building.

    Intensive English Program

    Application deadline for the Summer program is May 15 and for Fall is July 15, 2015.