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Saint Louis University

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Quick facts:

  • A private Catholic university open to all
  • Over 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and professional programs of study
  • Academic English programs for applicants who want to improve their English fluency

Founded in 1818, Saint Louis University combines the stalwart traditions of a historical institution with the innovative and modern academics expected of a tier-1 research university. Boasting a compliment of over 1,000 international students from 70 different countries around the world, SLU offers an immersive and exemplary learning experience.

Life on Campus at Saint Louis University

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A Historic University on the Shores of the Mississippi

Located on the banks of the Mississippi River, SLU provides a comprehensive catalog of over 180 bachelor’s, master’s, and professional degree programs. With specialties in health, biology, physical therapy, psychology, and communication, students enjoy access to rigorous programs taught by some of the leading and best qualified faculty in the country. SLU’s international student experience in particular is impeccable. As well as investing vast resources in advanced academic programs, SLU offers pathways to improving English proficiency and aims to immerse students in American culture and society.

Courses and Specialties

Upon application to a program of study at Saint Louis University, prospective students are expected to provide official school transcripts translated from their native language to English, a personal statement covering why they want to study at SLU, and verified IELTS or TOEFL language proficiency scores to a standard of 80 on the TOEFL or 6.5 on the IELTS.

While English proficiency in particular is a requirement of admittance, students who do not meet the academic or language requirements retain the possibility of enrolling in one of two preparatory programs; the Pathway Program or the Academic English Program.

Pathway Program:

The Pathway program offers a two-semester long course of study guaranteeing immediate enrollment into SLU upon completion. Choosing from a variety of courses in aerospace engineering, business, computer science, information management, mathematics, and general studies, students enrolled in the Pathway Program undertake a foundational year of study in which 9 SLU college credits are earned and immediate admittance to SLU is granted.

To enroll in the Pathway Program, prospective applicants must score a minimum of 65 on the TOEFL or 6.0 on the IELTS. Tuition for the program is set at $32,960 as of 2016.

Academic English Program:

For students who do not meet the language requirements for general or Pathway Program admission, the Academic English program prepares international students for university study in the United States. Over the course of a rigorous 10-week program, students receive high-quality English language instruction and learn the listening, speaking, reading, writing, and study skills necessary for academic success at SLU.

As of 2016, the tuition for the 10-week Academic English program is set at $7,400.

Living and Studying in St. Louis

Saint Louis University is located on the banks of the Mississippi River in the heart of the American Midwest. Known for exceptional on-campus living accommodations, students enjoy access to a variety of recreation rooms, gyms, and dining halls. As well as joining a variety of student clubs, sororities, and fraternities, first-year students at SLU are enrolled in an intricate orientation program aimed at fostering new friendships and better understanding American life and culture.

As well as offering an excellent campus experience, the city of St. Louis is home to a diverse mixture of theatres, music, art, and sports. Whether catching a Cardinals game at Busch Stadium, exploring City Museum and the Botanical Gardens, or sampling a beer at one of several local breweries, life in St. Louis is never dull and often thrilling.

For more information about applying to Saint Louis University, please contact a member of the Study Experience team.

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