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Accelerated Mountaineer Program for ESL

Launching in fall 2021, the Accelerated Mountaineer Program for English as a Second Language helps to make integration and transition to college life for international students as easy as possible with experienced instructors who provide linguistic and cultural guidance. AMP ESL is an accelerated program, either one or two semesters in length, depending on initial test scores.  Student support is an important factor in both AMP ESL paths. Additional student support is available outside of regular class time.

To determine which path fits you best, review our program requirements. You can also review the flexible AMP ESL curriculum.

Frequently Asked Questions

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AMP ESL-1: One-Semester Path

One term of major courses and ESL support courses

For the one-semester path, students will fully matriculate into major courses after successful completion of one semester of ESL support classes. This path is for those students who need minimal assistance meeting English language standards.

  • Begin taking all major courses after one semester of ESL support.
  • All courses earn credit that may count toward your degree.
  • Culture, language and academic topics are combined.

AMP ESL-2: Two-Semester Path

Two terms of major courses and ESL support courses

For those students who require a more immersive English language experience, the two-semester path provides more opportunities for English language development, cultural studies and acclimation to U.S. higher education academic environments. 

  • Begin taking all major courses after two semesters of ESL support.
  • All courses earn credit that may count toward your degree.
  • The curriculum combines language, culture and area studies with more opportunities for not only English language, but also academic skills development.

Advantages of AMP ESL

Small class sizes

Some of the AMP ESL courses at WVU are only for international students like you. Our smaller class sizes provide students with more individual attention and customized support.

Personalized guidance

Save time and avoid stress thanks to advisers ready to help you and your family. AMP ESL advisers are there every step of the way, from applying to the program, to getting your visa, to registering your mobile phone.

Tutoring and support

Academic, tutoring, career and personal support from trained advisers make your WVU transition to U.S. academic culture easier.

First-year campus experience course

AMP ESL courses on the transition to U.S. campus culture provide the knowledge you need for daily life at WVU and the learning skills required in U.S. classrooms.

Cultural experiences

Get to know your new community by going to fun events with the AMP ESL group. For instance, go to a Mountaineers football game, participate in community service projects or rappel at the Outdoor Recreation Center.

Flexibility with two options of study

Two undergraduate AMP ESL paths provide the amount of support you need. At WVU your degree of study can be changed to customize your personal academic goals.


The coursework for both AMP ESL paths includes classes on English as a second language and courses designed to advance you in your major, whether you're studying engineering, history or any other field. Learn more about our adaptable curriculum.