Intensive English Programs

Marquette University does not offer a full-time intensive English language program. However, the following programs offer full-time study in English in the Milwaukee area. They typically prepare adults who are interested in increasing their English proficiency so that they can enter a U.S. university.

  • ELS - English Language Centers
    1834 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233
    Phone: (414) 344-9325
    For over 50 years, students have chosen ELS to achieve their English language goals. With 12 class levels, state-of-the-art language technology centers, multiple testing services and university admission assistance, ELS ensures success through a personalized approach and commitment to student achievement.
  • University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Intensive English Program
    Curtin Hall, Room 674, P.O. Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201
    Phone: (414) 229-5757; Fax: (414) 229-6258
    This program costs approximately $4,200 per semester for tuition and is open to international students as well as resident aliens, refugees, and U.S. citizens.
  •  Wisconsin English as a Second Language Institute
    19 N. Pickney St., Madison WI 53703
    Phone: (608) 257-4300
    WESLI has a strong tradition of excellence, and offers eight quality study programs for international students and professionals. The campus is in the heart of beautiful downtown Madison, Wisconsin, rated as one of the best cities to live and study in the U.S.

Milwaukee Public Library

  • Milwaukee Public Library—Central Library
    814 W. Wisconsin Ave.
    Phone: (414) 286-3000
    The Milwaukee Public Library has many ESL books and audio-visual resources that you can borrow once you get a library card. To obtain a library card, you will need to provide two forms of identification (driver’s license, utility bill, recently postmarked mail, etc.) showing your name and current address in Milwaukee County.

Community-based ESL Tutoring Services

These community-based organizations generally offer one-on-one or small group tutoring to adults who are learning English. They help adults improve their English literacy skills so that they can function better within American society. The services are usually free or cost a small fee.

  • Milwaukee Achiever Literacy Services
    1215 South 45th Street, West Milwaukee
    Phone: (414) 643-5108
    Ages 16+; $10 registration fee and fees per class, charged based on income; daytime during the week, three evenings, and Saturday morning; all level of students welcomed; small group and one-on-one tutoring
  • International Learning Center (formerly Indochinese Learning Center)
    639 N. 25th St.
    (414) 344-4777
    Adults; serve mostly non-literate refugees but accept other students; focus on communication & life skills; also citizenship and family literacy programs; daytime and some evening hours
  • Literacy Services of Wisconsin
    555 N. Plankinton Ave.
    (414) 344-5878
    Adults; $5 registration fee and open enrollment; serve students with lower English skills in one-on-one or small group setting; 1½ hour morning and afternoon sessions plus evening classes
  • S.O.S. Center
    4620 W. North Ave.
    (414) 449-9964
    Ages 5-Adult; mostly Hmong immigrants but all races accepted