Services for International Students

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English Language & Culture Academy

The English Language & Culture Academy (ELCA) at our Providence Campus 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 English as a Second Language (ESL) Works at JWU

Dedicated to student success, the English as a Second Language (ESL) program places students at their level of English proficiency. Students are expected to take a placement exam when entering the university. Placement test scores determine what level a student is placed into. Students are placed into 1 of 3 different proficiency levels: beginner, intermediate or advanced.

Students enrolled in ESL courses will be allowed no more than three (3) attempts to successfully complete each course. Learn more about the program via the JWU Catalog.

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.