Services for International Students

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English Language & Culture Academy

The English Language & Culture Academy (ELCA) at both our Providence and North Miami campuses makes living and going to school in the United States easier for you. Classes in English as a Second Language (ESL) allow for the easiest cultural and academic transition and prepare you to do your best in your degree program. JWU ELCA offers small classes, caring faculty, personal attention and many resources and support services. ELCA students are considered part of the JWU community with full access to all campus amenities including on-campus housing, dining, libraries, etc.

How It Works:

Students who do not meet the minimum TOEFL requirements or exemption standards will take a JWU placement test upon arrival. The ESL program consists of three possible placement levels: Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.

Generally, Beginner level students will undertake three 11-week terms of ESL before commencing the desired academic program, however, this could take longer depending on the student’s level. Intermediate students typically require two 11-week terms of ESL, while students at the Advanced level will take just one 11-week term. Each term consists of four ESL courses in Communication, Grammar, Reading and Writing. Based on the placement exam results, some Advanced level students may have the opportunity to enroll in less than four courses due to possible exemptions.

Completion of ESL course requirements is based on course performance. A minimum of “B” average is required for the graduate school and a minimum of a “C” course average is required for undergraduate studies.

Interested in our Denver or Charlotte campuses? English language programs are offered right near campus through ELS Language Centers, the oldest and largest U.S.-based intensive English as a Second Language program.

International Student Services Office

At JWU you won’t get lost in the crowd when you arrive on campus — you’ll feel right at home. In fact, our international students rate arrival services here well above average when compared with more than 190 universities worldwide.

Through our International Student Services Office (ISSO), we’ll do everything possible to help you find your way on and off campus. You’ll find it easy to transition into your new environment with the help of our international housing coordinator.

The ISSO staff will also serve as a resource for matters related to your immigration status and getting a driver’s license. In addition, we’ll help you understand how to go about obtaining proper employment authorization as permitted by your student visa and completing Internal Revenue Service income tax returns. We’ll also help you get involved with student clubs and organizations — the perfect way to make new friends and develop professional and social skills.

For more information, visit the International Student Services Office website or contact the International Student Services Office at

JWU's Arrival Services

Our arrival services (for students who send us their travel plans) include transportation from the local airport, train station or bus station. After you arrive, an international coordinator will help you transition into campus life.