South Dakota State University
English Language & Culture Institute

Fast Facts

  • School Size

    Medium

  • Tuition

    $5,000—$10,000 Semester

  • Affiliation

    Public

  • Type of School

    University

  • Student Body Gender

    Co-ed

  • Religious Affiliation

    No Affiliation

  • Scholarships for International Students

    Yes

  • Conditional Admission Available

    Yes

  • Top Programs

    Agriculture and Natural Resources, Engineering, Nursing

  • Setting

    Small/College town

  • Type of Housing

    Residence Hall, Apartment

  • Social Media

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English Language & Culture Institute at SDSU

Explore American culture, develop academic English proficiency and learn to communicate with confidence at South Dakota State University (SDSU). SDSU is a nationally ranked university with over 20 accreditations and offers the state’s most comprehensive range of academic programs with 183 fields of study from aerospace to zoology. Students receive personal, practical education on a vibrant campus of over 12,500 undergrad and grad students. 95% of students go on to jobs, graduate school and other opportunities such as internships and fellowships.

The SDSU English Language & Culture Institute (ELCI) prepares students for the rigors of post-secondary academics. The ELCI focuses on academic English, while enhancing students’ critical thinking and real-world problem-solving skills in the English context. Students are challenged to think beyond simply building language skills to embrace the attitude of learning.

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Intensive ESL Program

The ELCI Intensive ESL Program is ideal for non-native English speakers seeking admission to a nationally accredited U.S. higher education institution. The program offers:

STUDENT CENTERED
Classes are student centered, celebrate diversity and encourage communication and collaboration.

DEEPER THINKING
Learners engage in critical discourse and higher-level thinking to prepare for educational and professional communication.

LIMITED CLASS SIZE
Classes are delivered by master’s and Ph.D. instructors, with limited class sizes to ensure low student-to-teacher ratios.

SCHOLARSHIPS
Students who progress through the levels are automatically awarded scholarships in the second and third terms of study by maintaining course average grades and attendance above 90%.

SERVICE LEARNING
Students meaningfully contribute to the campus and community through service learning projects.

CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
Each term includes out of classroom activities and two cultural excursions that are integrated into the course curriculum, giving students authentic experiences of the local culture. The costs of these activities (transportation, food, admission fees, etc.) are calculated into the charges for participating in the ESL program.

What Our Students Are Saying

"It's the best study experience I ever had because the teachers are like friends and the English knowledge I learned from this program is like a gift not a task for me." 
- ELCI Student, China | Spring 2015

"In my first class, my teacher asked me to take out a sheet of paper, but I didn't understand anything she said. Now, I can fill up an entire notebook. I can't believe how much my English has improved."
- ELCI Student, Saudi Arabia | Spring 2015

“Since English is a second language for me, I need lots of practice and need to speak with others for my self-improvement. The class has students like me so we help each other. The teacher is really helpful and encourages students to do work on their own. I got the chance to write journals, long essays and even present my ideas.”
- ELCI Undergraduate Student, Nepal | Spring 2014

“This class has been very helpful. My writing skills have improved and other skills that are very useful for my college career. My vocabulary has expanded. Writing essays was a difficult task for me and now is a little more simple and better than it was before.”
- ELCI Undergraduate Student, Mexico | Spring 2014

ELCI Admission and TOEFL/IELTS Waiver

Language proficiency scores are not required for ELCI admission. Qualified undergraduate applicants will receive conditional admission* to SDSU. Graduate applicants will prepare for the TOEFL/IELTS to meet the minimum language requirements for their specific programs.

The ELCI offers a high rate of acceptance for candidates who have completed secondary school. No application fee or advanced tuition deposit is required to receive an I-20.

*Admission to ELCI is not admission to SDSU. Conditional admission requires completion of SDSU application process and application fee.

Certificates

A Certificate of Completion will be awarded to any student who successfully completes Level III and passes all exit exams.

Student Services and Advising

Students participate in a comprehensive orientation and assessment, and receive ongoing support, including advising before entering the desired course of study. The Intensive ESL Program term price includes tutoring and conversation partners, cultural excursions and the same student events and services available to all SDSU students.

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Living Accommodations

Residence halls (dorms) and apartments are available on campus. There are also private rental houses and apartments within walking distance.

Location

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, recently ranked #5 nationwide in Livability's Best Small Towns. With a population of just over 22,000, Brookings has an affordable standard of living and was rated the #1 safest college town last year by Safewise: http://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-college-towns-america-2015/.

Social Life and Culture

SDSU has students from more than 80 different countries and offers more than 200 clubs and organizations for involvement opportunities.

Program Details

  • Costs Per 16-Week Term: $5,747
    Instruction (25 hours per week)
    Cultural Excursions (2 per term)
    International Student Fee
    Access to Campus Services and Events
    * Additional costs of attendance including room and board, books and supplies, and approved health insurance average about $5,000 per term.
  • Term Sessions

    FALL 2016
    JUNE 15            Application Deadline
    AUGUST 15 - 19      New International Student Orientation, Assessment & Placement
    AUG 22 - DEC    14  Fall Classes

    SPRING 2017
    NOVEMBER 15    Application Deadline
    JANUARY 3-6        New International Student Orientation, Assessment & Placement
    JAN 9 - MAY 5        Spring Classes

    SUMMER 2017
    MARCH 15        Application Deadline
    MAY 12 - 14        Summer Move-in for New On-Campus ESL Residents
    MAY 15 - 19        New ESL Assessment & Placement
    MAY 22 - AUG 11    Summer Classes

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South Dakota State University
English Language & Culture Institute

English Language & Culture Institute
South Dakota State University
West Hall 123
Brookings SD 57007
P: 605-688-5076
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