Admission Requirements and Procedures for the Certificate Program in English for Speakers of Other Languages


The English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) certificate program at Albizu University, Miami campus, provides training for current Albizu students and the general public—including international students—in reading, writing, and speaking the English language. We offer ongoing admission, so you may apply at any time that’s convenient for you. For detailed information on our ESOL certificate program, please click here.

Application for Admission

The application for admission to the ESOL certificate program consists of the following:

  • A completed and signed application form accompanied by the $25 application fee. Begin the application process by setting up an online account.

Admission Procedures for the General Public

  1. Anyone interested in developing or improving English language skills is welcome to apply for the program at

  2. After the Admissions Office has received all required documents, the candidate will be contacted to arrange an interview and testing appointment with the ESOL program director.

  3. At the appointment, the candidate will be asked to provide a writing sample, have an oral evaluation, and take the Michigan Test for English Language Proficiency. Students will be placed at the appropriate level of training based on the results of the interview and tests.

Admission Procedures for Current Albizu University Students 

  1. Any Albizu University student who is not a native English speaker may enroll in ESOL classes to enhance academic performance and/or at a professor’s recommendation.

  2. Regardless of TOEFL score, all students enrolling in the program must take the Michigan Test for English Language Proficiency (MTELP). A free practice version of the test is available at:

  3. All students must also have an oral interview with an ESOL program advisor.

  4. Each ESOL program student will be placed at the appropriate course level based on the MTELP score and oral interview. 

Admission Procedures for International Students

  1. International students interested in the ESOL program must follow the appropriate steps for studying in the United States, including being accepted into the ESOL program, applying for a visa, and obtaining sponsorship letters. For detailed information, please see the International Students section of the Albizu website.

  2. Upon arrival at the university, the international student is given the Michigan Test for English Language Proficiency and is interviewed by an ESOL program advisor in order to be placed at the appropriate ESOL course level.

Identity Verification

Each admitted student must provide the Admissions Office with one form of identification following enrollment and before the end of the first academic session. Acceptable forms of identification include, among others, a state driver’s license or state identification card, a current passport, a military ID card, a state- or government-issued birth certificate, a certificate of citizenship or naturalization, or a resident alien card.

The admission file will not be considered complete until this requirement has been met.

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