Study at a top-ranked university

Saint Louis University is an institution that nurtures its students’ values so they can achieve academic excellence, ground-breaking research and a strong sense of of faith and service. For the past 200 years, the university has moved beyond traditional teaching to a structure that encourages students to learn and think in new ways.

Today, SLU is ranked in the top 100 universities with more than 13,000 students who are encouraged to focus on academic and personal growth. Come join our Billiken community.

Improve your English while working toward a degree

Join a supportive community committed to helping you adjust to American university life and your degree studies. INTO SLU offers unique programs to help improve your academic and English language skills. Helpful faculty and staff ensure you are able to adjust to life in the US.

Your education exists all around you

SLU’s impressive campus boasts 134 buildings on 271 acres of land in Midtown St. Louis. The university continually invests in new and modern facilities with the intent of maximizing student success. Whether it’s in the state-of-the-art classrooms or one of the new student residence halls that are currently being built, the focus remains on what will benefit you.

INTO Saint Louis University programs

Direct Entry to Saint Louis University

Undergraduate Entry Requirements:

  • Successful completion of secondary/high school degree or equivalent
  • In-country equivalent of 3.0 high school GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • SAT or ACT may be required for some programs
  • 400-word written essay in English (statement of purpose)
  • TOEFL score of 80, IELTS score of 6.5 and SLU Writing Examination 4

Graduate Entry Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent
  • 3.0 or higher GPA on a US 4.0 scale
  • TOEFL score of 80+, IELTS score of 6.5+ or PTEA score of 54+ and SLU Writing Examination 4+

Pathway Programs and Academic English

INTO Saint Louis University Undergraduate and Graduate Pathway programs are ideal for international students who need additional English language and academic preparation before continuing to a degree program at a US university.

Academic English is an intensive English program for students who want to become confident English speakers before enrolling in a Pathway program or applying directly to Saint Louis University.

Cost estimates 

For I-20 purposes, all international students must submit an Affidavit of Support, which is part of the application process. Students must show sufficient funds to cover expenses for one academic year. These numbers are based on estimated costs of attendance and are subject to change.

2016-17 Academic Year

Cost Description Tuition & Fees Housing & Meals Books Health Insurance Other Total
Academic English
(1 semester)
$7,400 $7,040 $600 $1,122 $2,235 $18,397
Academic English
(2 semesters)
$14,800 $14,080 $1,200 $2,244 $4,470 $36,794
Academic English
(3 semesters)
$22,200 $21,120 $1,800 $3,366 $6,705 $55,191
Undergraduate 2-Semester Pathway  $40,500 $14,080 $1,200 $2,244 $4,470 $62,494
Graduate 2-Semester Pathway  $32,960 $15,020 $1,200 $2,244 $4,470 $55,894

2017-18 Academic Year

Cost Description Tuition & Fees Housing & Meals Books  Health Insurance Other Total
Undergraduate 2-Semester Pathway $42,160 $14,840 $1,210 $2,400 $1,030 $61,640
Undergraduate 1-Semester Pathway  $24,250 $7,420 $605 $1,200 $515 $33,990
Graduate 2-Semester Pathway  $32,960 $13,080 $1,210 $2,400 $6,440 $56,090
Graduate 1-Semester Pathway  $18,950 $6,540 $605 $1,200 $3,220 $30,515
Academic English (1 semester) $7,550 $7,420 $605 $1,200 $515 $17,290

If there is more than one financial sponsor, each sponsor must complete an Affidavit of Support indicating a specific dollar amount of annual support.

Students cannot confirm their place or receive an I-20 until required financial documents are on file.