Founded in 1847, Otterbein University is a private, comprehensive liberal arts institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees and a doctor of nursing practice degree. Located in Westerville, a suburb of Columbus, Ohio, Otterbein is home to approximately 2,900 students. For more than 120 years, Otterbein has enrolled international students into its academic programs and fostered global partnerships. Nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum, it is only one of six schools to serve as a site for the Association of American Colleges and Universities project on experiential learning.
Otterbein’s English as a Second Language (ESL) Program provides the perfect setting to improve your English for academic or professional goals. Each of our course levels combines speaking, listening, reading, writing and grammar. We develop academic skills in research and note taking as we focus on a variety of relevant and interesting topics. Students are typically in classes for 4-5 hours each day, but may also participate in weekly conversation partner practice with an American Otterbein student and tour the Columbus area on one of our field trips. We offer five levels of ESL classes. Placement is determined by our institutional TOEFL test given prior to the first day of classes.
The Otterbein Bridge program accepts students from the high-intermediate to advanced levels. At a minimum, students must have a 480 TOEFL pbt (54 iBT, 5.5 IELTS) to enroll. Our “bridge” to an academic program of interest allows students to take some regular Otterbein academic classes alongside their ESL classes. Once students complete the ESL program, they are eligible to transition fully into their academic program.
Students are required to take the ESL placement test at the program start.
Conditional admission is available to students that meet academic requirements but still need additional language training to be successful in a U.S. classroom.
Students are provided the opportunity to live and dine on campus for an approximate cost of $5,054 per semester. Living off campus is also possible, however, transportation may be necessary.