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English As A Second Language


The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at St. John’s University, housed in the Department of Languages and Literatures, provides non-native English speakers with the language skills necessary to succeed in both academic and professional settings. The comprehensive program includes language evaluation, advisement, instruction, and cultural orientation.

Undergraduate students in the ESL program receive credit toward their degrees and fulfill their language requirements, while graduate students receive three credits toward full-time visa status.

For more information about TOEFL/IELTS scores and admission to an undergraduate or graduate program at St. John’s University, please visit the Admission section of our website.

Program Features

Outside of the classroom, students work with qualified language tutors at the Global Language and Culture Center (GLCC) and participate in cultural activities sponsored by the GLCC.

They may also take part in The English Language Table, a program that allows international students to socialize with American students in small groups and learn about American life and culture. In turn, the ESL students share their language and culture with American students.


For more information about the ESL program, contact:

ESL Coordinator
Dr. Nina Beliavsky
[email protected]
St. John Hall, Room 434F
718 990-1929

For Admissions information, contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admission
St. John’s University
8000 Utopia Parkway
Queens, NY 11439
[email protected]


Ninah Beliavsky, Ph.D.
Glayol Ekbatani, Ph.D.
Herbert Pierson, Ed.D.
Ann Wintergerst, Ed.D.