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Welcome to Briar Cliff University, where our enrollment is more than 1,150 students from 32 states and 11 other countries. Students are educated in the Franciscan tradition of excellence in the liberal arts and career preparation in an environment of care, compassion and service.

As an international student at Briar Cliff, you will be part of a Catholic Franciscan institution that recognizes and respects the value and contribution of each individual student. 

Read more about Briar Cliff at BCU Fast Facts.

The faculty at Briar Cliff care about student success and work alongside students offering expertise, experience and encouragement.

Your inquiry begins by completing the International Student Application.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Summer Institute
Briar Cliff University's ESL Summer Institute curriculum focuses on four key areas: English oral communication, English reading and writing, English grammar, and U.S. cultural literacy.

Benefits of the Program
During this intensive three-week ESL Summer Institute you will learn from ESL professionals, who are dedicated to helping you realize these benefits:
Improve your English language and U.S. literacy skills.

  • Maximize your performance on the TOEFL Exam.

  • Build competency and confidence in your use of English in your classes and employment.

  • Receive individualized guidance and instruction.

  • Learn about American cultural diversity.

  • Interact with students from all around the globe.

  • Experience cultural immersion travel to Omaha, Nebraska; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and South Dakota‚Äôs Badlands National Park and Mount Rushmore National Monument.

  • Upon completion of the ESL Summer Institute, you will receive a Certificate of Achievement and a TOEFL exam score.

Apply now by completing the ESL Summer Institute Application online.

For more information or to ask questions, email Darrell Lofton, director of multicultural and leadership programs, at Darrell.Lofton@briarcliff.edu.