Students studying in the grass



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—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.



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.
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.
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.
Ages 5-Adult; mostly Hmong immigrants but all races accepted


Please contact us if you know about any additional ESL resources that should be added to our list.


Marquette University

Marquette is a Catholic, Jesuit university in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with an enrollment of nearly 12,000 students, more than 700 of whom are international students. Seeking a transformational education, they come from 68 countries — from Canada to China, from Mexico to Malaysia, and everywhere in between.