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International students who are non-native English speakers are typically required to provide evidence of their English abilities before they are admitted into a US college or university. «IELTS» provides a fair, accurate and reliable measure of language skills, and is trusted by organizations worldwide as a proof of English proficiency.

About Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute (WESLI)

Locally Grounded, Globally Minded

In 1981, WESLI established its strong family roots and commitment to guiding international students by provided excellent English education in Madison. The mission of Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute is to prepare students to be collaborative leaders in their chosen academic and professional environments. WESLI will accomplish this through exceptional ESL Instruction and Student Services; guided by the principles of cultural competence, collaboration and critical thinking, as applied to all areas of the organization, staff and students alike.


The city of Madison, Wisconsin is beautiful, safe, friendly, progressive, and inclusive for all!

Madison is a diverse city with the cultural advantages of a big city! Madison has a reputation for having an open mindset. Around 60% of Madison residents have a university degree. Students and university faculty make up over 30% of Madison’s population. Madison is one of the most progressive cities in the US, attracting new talent and ideas from the rest of the nation and the world. The city is consistently ranked as a top safe city, top active city, and top best opportunities city.

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  • Tuition for one full-time 4-week session of General English Essential (24 hours/week) is $2,120.
  • If you study for more than 4 weeks — for 8 weeks, 16 weeks, or even 48 weeks, you will receive a discounted rate depending on the number of weeks in your study plan. The tuition cost for 8 weeks is only $3,520, saving you $720 off the 4-week rate.

WESLI’s tuition compared to other institutions in the United States offers the best value. The cost of living in Madison is much lower than on the East or West Coasts of the U.S. Because of this, it is even more economical to study English at WESLI.

WESLI's Money Back Guarantee Promise

Why study at WESLI?

  • Quality English Programs, for all needs and levels
  • Diverse Student Body, study with people from many countries
  • Affordable, compared to US East and West coasts
  • Safe & great location, in the heart of Madison
  • Experienced Instructors, MA ESL, and overseas experience
  • English Teacher Training, WESLI Teacher Training Program (WTTP)

WESLI guarantees students that will achieve their English study goals while attending WESLI. Tuition will be refunded if a student does not meet their goals.

Student must have complied with all class requirements to qualify for a tuition refund.

WESLI Programs

Classes are offered both IN-PERSON or ONLINE for 2021.

WESLI has 7 levels of English and many programs to assist students in achieving their personal and professional goals.

To meet your English goals, WESLI offers 5 ESL Programs. Each course is a combination of Core Classes and Electives. Whether you are studying English for personal reasons, MBA preparation, or for your career, WESLI has courses for you!

General English, ideal for all language learners wishing to improve the foundations of their English language skills

English Plus, designed for students that wish to improve their overall English skills and learn something new at the same time

Test Preparation, the course is designed to help students improve their overall test taking skills, specifically for the TOEFL, IELTS, or GRE exams

Corporate Training & Business English, business professionals need English to succeed in global commerce. Improve your English skills to better communicate in the worldwide market

For every program, tuition includes: Initial Bank Account Set-up Assistance, Weekly Social Events, University Advising, Certificate of Course Completion, Conversation Partner Matching, Volunteering Placement

University Pathway

After you graduate from WESLI, you have the option to transfer directly to a university without taking a TOEFL or IELTS test. This pathway is for undergraduate and graduate-level programs.


Housing Accommodations

Make yourself at home in the WESLI residence or in a WESLI homestay



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