The school operates in four-week sessions, including during summer, and students may enroll in up to five courses at a time, says Elaine Meyer-Lee, director of the college's Center for Women's Intercultural Leadership, which includes the language school.
The English school has drawn about 60 students so far, and the college is seeking to grow enrollment. Classes are small, with lots of one-on-one attention from instructors.
The school is attracting students from many different countries, including Japan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, as well as Central and South American nations, Meyer-Lee said.
English language students who choose to live on campus are assigned to a campus residence hall, share a room with a Saint Mary's undergraduate and are welcome to participate in campus activities.
There currently are two instructors. "If we grow a little more, we'll add more teachers," Meyer-Lee said.
Tuition for a four-week session of five classes is $1,200, plus fees and living expenses. Full-year tuition is $13,200.
Students may enroll as beginning, intermediate or more advanced English language speakers. "A student can enter at any level and we'll gladly help them get where they want to be," said Terra Cowham, the college's assistant director of international student services and the language school.
Five students who started studies in the language school are now Saint Mary's undergraduates. College applicants may be conditionally admitted, with the requirement that they improve their English skills before starting college.
The English Language School is seeking area residents to serve as host families for students, inviting a student for a home-cooked meal, a community event or a holiday gathering.
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