ESL Institute/Department of Linguistics

O'Dowd Hall, Room 326
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester , MI 48309-4482
(location map)
Phone: (248) 364-8803
Fax: (248) 370-3587

English as a second language institute
A member of the 
American Association of 
Intensive English Programs

ESL Institute

Empowering English learners to pursue dreams and

contribute meaningfully in a world beyond their own.

The ESL Institute at Oakland University

One location for all English Learners who attend Oakland University.

We are located in the Global Engagement Office.

Melissa Vervinck, Director
328A O'Dowd Hall (ODH)
Kathleen Gnau, ESL Program Assistant
326 O'Dowd Hall (ODH)

The ESL Institute at Oakland University offers:

  • 8-week semesters
  • Six semesters per year
  • Eight course levels
  • Program completion from Level 1 through 8 in 14 months (undergraduate students) or 16 months (graduate students)
  • Courses for international students, the general public, business professionals, and anyone who wants to become more proficient in English

Get Involved! 
All OU students are invited to be a Conversation Partner

If you are an ESL student or an academic student at Oakland University, consider participating in our Conversation Partner program.  Native and non-native speakers of English are encouraged to join!  You can meet another Oakland University student to chat and to learn about other cultures while sharing a bit about your own culture, too.

Students who are interested in participating as a Conversation Partner click here!