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Requirements for Admission

The English Language Center at Winona State University welcomes all students, international and domestic, whose first languages are not English. To be admitted to the ELC at WSU, students should meet the following requirements: 

  • Proof of high-school graduation
  • At least two years of high school level English or higher 

Admission to the ELC

To apply for admission to the ELC only, please send the following:

  1. A completed application form (PDF). (Please check ESL Training only).
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $20 U.S. dollars.
  3. Photocopy of your passport.
  4. Original Bank Statement(s) with a minimum balance of $23,181.00 US dollars. Bank statement(s) or Verification of Deposit(s) must be dated within six months of application date, must be originals, and should include information such as bank information, balance, currency and name of the account holder.
  5. Original or notarized letter from sponsor stating relationship, financial commitment and willingness to sponsor you.
  6. A certified true copy of your high school or college diploma.
  7. A record of two semesters of English courses at either high school or college.
  8. An immunization form.

Please send the application documents via an international mail carrier (FedEx or DHL) to:

Winona State University
International Services

Kryzsko Commons 233
175 West Mark Street
Winona, Minnesota 55987 USA

Applicants will receive an email when we receive your documents and when we issue your acceptance packet.

Conditional Admission to WSU

Winona State University requires international students to have a certain level of English proficiency. Students who do not meet these English Proficiency Requirements may apply for conditional admission and entrance into our English Language Center (ELC).
To apply for conditional admission, please send the following:

  1. A completed application form (PDF) (Please check Conditional Admission).
  2. A non-refundable application fee of $20 U.S. dollars.
  3. Photocopy of your passport.
  4. Original Bank Statement(s) with a minimum balance of $23,181.00 US dollars. Bank statement(s) or Verification of Deposit(s) must be dated within six months of application date, must be originals, and should include information such as bank information, balance, currency and name of the account holder.
  5. Original or notarized letter from sponsor stating relationship, financial commitment and willingness to sponsor you.
  6. A certified true copy of your high school or college diploma.
  7. A record of two semesters of English courses at either high school or college.
  8. An immunization form.

Please send the application documents via an international mail carrier (FedEx or DHL) to:

Winona State University
International Services

Kryzsko Commons 233
175 West Mark Street
Winona, Minnesota 55987 USA

Upon successful completion of the ELC program, students will be formally admitted to Winona State University; they are not required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score. Students must meet the following conditions to exit the ELC and gain admission to the university:

  • They must pass their ELC courses with at least a B in all classes.
  • They must pass the ELC exit test.
  • They must receive recommendations from all ELC instructors and approval of the ELC Program Coordinator.

Admission to Graduate Programs

Students who wish to be admitted to graduate programs at WSU must apply directly to the academic department where the program in housed. To find out more about admission to a particular program and its application deadlines, please contact the department of the graduate program that you wish to apply to. 

Application Deadlines

  • For summer admission: May 1
  • For fall admission: July 1
  • For spring admission: November 1

Housing

Once you are accepted to the ELC, you should complete an on-campus housing form. Visit Residential Life for more information. 
ELC students are not required to live on-campus.  However, if you choose to live off-campus, you are responsible for finding your own housing. In addition, the ELC does not offer home stays with American families.

Payment Methods

There are three payment methods:

  • Pay by Mail: Payment must be in the form of a check or money order in US dollars drawn from a US bank or a US affiliated bank. The check or the money order should be made payable to Winona State.
  • University Pay Online: First, you need to have a Warrior ID number in order to pay online. Once you are accepted by the ELC, we will assign you a Warrior ID number. With the Warrior ID number and your password, you can log on to your personal page and make payment online. Deposit, tuition, and other fees can be paid through this method.
  • Pay in Person:  Tuition, room and board, and other fees can be paid in person once you arrive at Winona State. Please Note: Payment of tuition and all fees must be paid in full before you can register for classes.