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English as a Second Language Center

Mississippi State University's English as a Second Language Center at (MSU) offers international students an intensive English language program, more than 20 hours per week of English language instruction, in a traditional Southern setting.

The English as a Second Language Center provides high-quality intensive English instruction enabling students to achieve their individual goals, whether being admitted to MSU or improving English skills for employment or personal goals. The ESL Center has experienced faculty and staff committed to taking care of students. In addition to providing language courses, we are also dedicated to providing services and cultural opportunities to all ESL students.

MSU offers conditional admission for undergraduate and graduate students who do not yet have the language proficiency to enter the university, and the ESL Center can help achieve the needed language proficiency.

Visit the ESL Center's website for details and application instructions.


General ESL Program Information

A department within Mississippi State University, the ESL Center offers eight levels of English development from beginning to high advanced. All students have classes in writing and grammar, listening and speaking, reading, and American culture. Students also participate in exciting volunteer and culture projects, which get them involved in the local community and provide them with invaluable English and professional skills.

The Intensive English Program

The intensive English program offers students a chance to study English, learn United States culture, make friends from around the world, and experience the university atmosphere of the U.S. - all while being immersed in an English-speaking environment.


ESL Curriculum Information

Students take a variety of courses that balance the importance of academic achievement as well as cultural needs. These courses help students develop their critical thinking skills, their communicative ability, and their overall language proficiency.

Program Highlights:

  • 8 levels of English classes
  • 20+ hours per week of intensive language study
  • Small class sizes
  • Experienced MSU faculty
  • Classes beginning five times a year
  • Academic language advisors
  • Placement exam upon arrival
  • English language proficiency certificates
  • Transcripts of classes and grades

Courses for all levels include:

  • Reading class with an intensive reading lab
  • Writing and grammar course
  • Topic-specific listening and speaking class
  • Integrated skills course focusing on culture

Once students are placed in one of eight levels of English, they are registered in a level-appropriate schedule. Each level takes one 8-week session to complete. The curriculum was specifically designed for students to learn important aspects that will help them with their future academic and professional endeavors. In addition to a traditional classroom setting, the ESL Center values the importance of cultural opportunities as part of the curriculum.


ESL Culture and Service Information

The English as a Second Language Center offers students fun and exciting activities during the session, and the staff is also dedicated to quality service for its students.

Culture activities include:

  • One-on-one Conversation Partner Program
  • Weekly Conversation Connections discussion group
  • Variety of weekly events offered
  • On-campus activities such as sports events and concerts
  • Day trips to various cities in and outside of Mississippi
  • Occasional weekend trips to major Southern cities

Support and on-campus services include:

  • Local airport transportation
  • Assigned language advisors
  • On-campus housing assistance
  • Immigration and visa services
  • Orientations and assistance, including initial bank account setup
  • On-campus recreational facility access
  • On-campus dining plans
  • On-campus library and computer access

ESL Program Dates and Costs

ESL classes meet five days per week for three semesters (five sessions) per year. Fall and spring semesters are sixteen weeks each, beginning in January and August. The summer semester is eight weeks, beginning in June. Students may also begin studying at the ESL Center at the beginning of any eight-week session (March or October). Each of the eight levels normally requires one session (eight weeks) for completion.

For up-to-date costs and program dates, visit MSU’s ESL Center website.


ESL Center Application Instructions

We are excited that you are interested in taking classes with us here at Mississippi State. The intensive English program offers students a chance to study English, learn United States culture, make friends from around the world, and experience the university atmosphere of the U.S.—all while being immersed in an English environment.

Applying for full-time admission for classes at the English as a Second Language Center is very easy. The program can usually prepare and send an I-20 within 72 hours of receiving an application.

For a list of requirements for applying, visit MSU’s ESL Center website.


Short-Term Group Programs

In addition to an intensive English program, the English as a Second Language Center at Mississippi State University also has an American Language and Culture Program (ALCP). This program consist of short and long-term customized programs that bring groups of students to MSU for intensive English and American culture studies. Visit the website for details and contact information.


Total Students


Student Ratio
Female 48%
Male 52%


Total Faculty


Student/Faculty Ratio
20 : 1


Estimated Cost



Total Applicants






Test Scores

SAT Math


SAT Reading


SAT Writing

ACT Composite


About Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University, established in 1878, offers bachelor’s, master’s, educational specialist’s and doctoral degree programs. The university is home to more than 19,000 students who hail from every county in Mississippi, all 50 states and 75 countries. Currently, there are more than 750 international students and more than 100 exchange visitor scholars. MSU provides a wide range of opportunities and challenges for learning, research and discovery, as well as a diverse student body.

Mississippi State University is a home-away-from-home for international students. The university promotes multicultural events to help international students celebrate their home culture and tradition while at MSU. The events also help students to develop awareness and understanding of other cultures and traditions by meeting people from diverse backgrounds.

Google Hangout and Info Session with MSU

Watch this Hangout with Mississippi State University, one of the most prestigious universities in the South! Karin Lee, the Manager of International Student and Scholar Services gives you an exclusive look at the university. Nandita Gupta, a current international student from India will tell you about her wonderful experience as an international student at MSU. They also answer live questions from potential international students like you!

To contact Karin directly, fill out the form on the Mississippi State profile.

Academics at Mississippi State

As a Top 100 public academic institution, Mississippi State University has the programs, professors and facilities needed to educate you in your chosen field.

No matter what your dreams, our majors in aerospace, engineering, broadcast meteorology, international business, biomedical engineering, professional golf, management, education, architecture, political science, veterinary medicine, interior design, and many more will prepare you for a lifetime of accomplishments.

With eight colleges, 80-plus majors and the second-largest cooperative education program in the South, MSU offers a variety of paths leading to baccalaureate through doctoral degrees.

Our low 18:1 student-faculty ratio ensures you will receive the individual attention you may need to excel.

Student Life at Mississippi State

MSU is home to more than 300 student organizations. The Student Association allows you to experience politics, while the Blackfriars Drama Society nurtures the thespian in you. The Famous Maroon Band is only one of several groups making beautiful music on campus; another is Black Voices, a group that inspires through historical spiritual songs. Student disc jockeys learn broadcasting at our award-winning radio station, WMSV-FM. MSU’s award-winning newspaper, The Reflector, provides an outlet for creative students.

International student organizations at MSU provide exciting opportunities to participate in cultural programming throughout the year. There are 24 international student organizations representing Germany, China, Korea, India, Sri-Lanka, Philippines, Vietnam, Nepal, Bangladesh, Thailand, Taiwan, Turkey, Africa, Japan, Iran, Indonesia, and Pakistan, as well as Hispanic, Arab and Muslim students.

International Admissions at Mississippi State

The first step to begin your journey at MSU is to fill out the "Request More Information" on the previous page.

Then, expect to compile the following information for your admission application:
  • Complete the application for admission.
  • Submit a non-refundable $40 application fee. Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been received.
  • Send official or attested copies of academic documents from all former secondary and post-secondary schools in an attested sealed envelope directly from the secondary school, examination board or university. If transcripts, mark sheets or diplomas are in any language other than English, please have them translated and attested by the issuing institution.
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing Program (ACT) composite scores: Minimum acceptable ACT composite score: 18, Minimum acceptable SAT combined score: 860 (Official ACT or SAT scores must be sent to Mississippi State University directly from the testing centers. MSU’s ACT code is 2220; the SAT code is 1480.) NOTE: In lieu of an official ACT/SAT score, international students may submit an acceptable score on a national university entrance exam from their country of residence. Such scores will be reviewed for approval by the Office of Admissions and Scholarships.
  • International undergraduate students admitted to Mississippi State University must demonstrate English language proficiency* to register for academic courses offered through the colleges. *See English proficiency section.
  • The school is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

International Services at Mississippi State

The first few days at Mississippi State are a busy and exciting time for incoming international students, and the university provides several programs to help students transition into their new lives as members of the Bulldog family. Each fall, MSU welcomes new students with Orientation, an event designed to introduce students to campus, academic advisers, and the Starkville community. During Orientation, students may register for classes, meet fellow classmates and learn more about all of the exciting opportunities at MSU. To help new international students adjust to a new culture, current domestic and international students will discuss student life at MSU, student involvement in campus activities, financial and time management, sports, university history and tradition, and academic life.

The International Services staff at Mississippi State is happy to assist the international student community in dealing with regulatory compliance obligations with both the federal government and Mississippi State. They also conduct international student Orientation and tax workshops, and provide immigration counseling for current students. The International Services staff at Mississippi State is happy to assist the international students.

To move around campus at Mississippi State, our students enjoy utilizing the university transit system. MSU provides several different routes that allow students the ability to get around campus easily without a car. In addition to the campus routes, there is a university shuttle that runs every Saturday to various grocery stores and shopping centers in town. This is a free service for all MSU students, faculty and staff.

Students & Faculty

  • 22,335Total Students
  • 11,522Male Students
  • 10,813Female Students
  • 871Total Intl Students
  • 558Intl Male Students
  • 313Intl Female Students
  • 3,318Total Faculty
  • 2,148Male Faculty
  • 1,170Female Faculty
  • 20:1Student/Fac Ratio


total applicants

admitted (6192)

enrolled (2898)

SAT Scores:
25th-75th percentile
ACT Scores:
25th-75th percentile

Note: 25th-75th percentile ranges show the range of scores achieved by the middle 50% of students who were admitted to the school.

Other Requirements:
Admissions Test Scores?
Other Test?
Neither required nor recommended
College Prep?
Neither required nor recommended
*All data is provided by the school or compiled from IPEDS as of May 2013

Degrees & Programs

Aerospace, Aeronautical and Astronautical/Space Engineering
Agribusiness/Agricultural Business Operations
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Agricultural Teacher Education
Agriculture, General
Agronomy and Crop Science
Animal Nutrition
Animal Physiology
Animal Sciences, General
Applied Economics
Applied Mathematics, General
Art/Art Studies, General
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Automotive Engineering Technology/Technician
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biological/Biosystems Engineering
Biology Teacher Education
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Biomedical Sciences, General
Business Administration and Management, General
Business Teacher Education
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Business/Office Automation/Technology/Data Entry
Ceramic Arts and Ceramics
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry Teacher Education
Chemistry, General
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering, General
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
College Student Counseling and Personnel Services
Communication, General
Community College Education
Computational Biology
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Software Engineering
Conservation Biology
Construction Management
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
Crop Production
Culinary Science/Culinology
Curriculum and Instruction
Dairy Science
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Earth Science Teacher Education
Economics, General
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Educational Psychology
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Elementary and Middle School Administration/Principalship
Elementary Education and Teaching
Engineering, General
Engineering, Other
English Language and Literature, General
English/Language Arts Teacher Education
Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations, Other
Environmental Toxicology
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Family Systems
Finance, General
Food Science
Food Science and Technology, Other
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General
Forensic Science and Technology
Forestry, General
French Language and Literature
Genetics, General
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
Geology/Earth Science, General
German Language and Literature
Golf Course Operation and Grounds Management
Graphic Design
Health Communication
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
History, General
Horticultural Science
Human Development and Family Studies, General
Industrial Engineering
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies
Interior Architecture
Interior Design
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Land Use Planning and Management/Development
Landscape Architecture
Landscaping and Groundskeeping
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Management Information Systems, General
Manufacturing Engineering
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Materials Engineering
Mathematics Teacher Education
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Microbiology and Bacteriology
Medical Staff Services Technology/Technician
Microbiology, General
Molecular Biology
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Music Teacher Education
Music, General
Natural Resources/Conservation, General
Nursing Science
Nutrition Sciences
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Organizational Communication, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Physics, General
Physiology, Pathology, and Related Sciences, Other
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management
Political Science and Government, General
Poultry Science
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Optometry Studies
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies
Project Management
Psychology, General
Public Administration
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
School Psychology
Secondary Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Social Work
Spanish Language and Literature
Special Education and Teaching, General
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Statistics, General
Systems Science and Theory
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas, Other
Technical Teacher Education
Technology Teacher Education/Industrial Arts Teacher Education
Theatre/Theatre Arts Management
Veterinary Medicine
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician and Veterinary Assistant
Visual and Performing Arts, General
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management
Women's Studies
Wood Science and Wood Products/Pulp and Paper Technology
Zoology/Animal Biology

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