Learn English better and more easily in a friendly and supportive environment. Southwestern features small class sizes, individual help from professors who really care about their students, and lots of interaction with hundreds of English speakers on campus.  You can practice your skills on field trips, participate in team sports and music groups, and join in social events with the rest of the student body.  Students form lifelong friendships and enjoy continued support from faculty as they transition to careers and higher education. Since 1960, Southwestern has helped hundreds of students from all over the world to become successful English speakers, and you can be one of them!


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ESL Completion Ceremony

Learning English is fun!

"I came to Texas from Korea to study English in the ESL program at Southwestern Adventist University. It has been an amazing opportunity; people are so friendly and welcoming! I met friends from all over the world, such as Brazil, Mexico, Angola, Cuba, and many more countries. I have learned about different cultures, and it was eye opening for me. I never expected learning English would be fun, but Southwestern professors and staff made me feel like I was at home. I've never regretted studying in the ESL program, and I thank God that He gave me the opportunity to stay in this school. SWAU is a peaceful, spiritual, and loving place to study English."

-Hanna Kim, ESL Graduate, Sophomore Elementary Education major

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ESL Student Becomes Doctor!

Congratulations to Eddie Xavier Ortiz, Class of 2012, on his upcoming graduation from medical school at Loma Linda University! Xavi graduated first from the English as a Second Language program and then with a Chemistry degree.

Xavi writes, “I still remember coming to the States in the fall of 2007 and having this crazy idea/dream that one day I would be able to speak English and that maybe, just maybe, I would be proficient enough to be able to go to med school one day. It almost felt unrealistic/impossible at the time to think I could learn a new language and to go to school right after, but nothing is impossible with God. He already had plans for me. It’s very exciting and humbling to think that when the end of May 2017 rolls around, I’m gonna be the first Dr. Ortiz in the family. I’m just very grateful for God’s guidance and all the support I’ve had from my family and friends.”

Great job, Xavi! Your Southwestern family is so proud of you! 

Faculty Profiles

Monica Kowarsch Gonzalez, MA

English as a Second Language
Assistant Professor and Department Chair

Jayne Doneskey, MA

Assistant Professor

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