Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions About the Language Company

In order to assist incoming students with their English capabilities, Truman now offers conditional admission through The Language Company! Students who receive conditional admission from Truman will attend an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program on Truman’s Campus before starting full-time coursework at the University. This program is designed to help students improve their skills in English communication and comprehension.

  1. What is The Language Company?
    The Language Company is an independent organization that offers an ESL program to non-native English speakers. Their center is conveniently located on Truman’s campus. For more information about The Language Company, please visit their website at
  2. What is the English as a Second Language program?
    The ESL program that is offered to incoming students will focus on improving the reading, writing, and speaking skills of all participants. All ESL coursework is located on Truman’s campus, so you will be able to be an active member in the University’s community. It is divided into nine levels of instruction which accommodate a wide range of English capability. The duration of the program varies depending on starting English proficiency and the rate of the student’s progression. There are 13 ESL sessions per year, which allows students to begin at any time that is convenient for them.
  3. What is conditional admission?
    Conditional admission at Truman is offered to students who lack the English proficiency requirement. It is meant for students who have not taken an English proficiency exam such as the TOEFL or IELTS, but would still like to apply. Conditional Admission is also a good option for students who have taken these exams, but have scores that fall below the admission requirements. If students apply for and receive conditional admission from Truman, they will then be required to complete the ESL program before enrolling in the University.
  4. How do I apply for conditional admission? 
    In order to apply for conditional admission, please complete the online application. On the application, you can select a box that indicates that you wish to apply conditionally. Once you have completed the application, you will need to submit additional materials before your file can be reviewed. If you apply for conditional admission, then you will NOT be required to submit an essay or English proficiency. However, we still require transcripts, bank documents, and a certificate of financial support before your file is completed. Please see our admission requirements for more information. Once you have received conditional admission from Truman, you will need to apply to The Language Company. This requires an additional application through The Language Company’s website.
  5. How much do the ESL courses cost?
    The cost of attending one semester of ESL courses at The Language Company is comparable to the cost of attending one semester at Truman. For a detailed list of prices, please visit the The Language Company’s website.
  6. Where would I be living while attending ESL classes?
    Depending on availability, students at The Language Company have the option to live on Truman’s Campus, with an American host family, or in an off-campus living arrangement. Truman offers many dormitory style living arrangements, most of which include a meal plan for the on-campus dining halls. Many students find this convenient because they do not need to pay for utilities or food, and get a chance to become immersed in the Truman student community. Another option is to live with a host family near Truman’s campus. Although space is very limited, this will give you an opportunity to experience an American household from a personal perspective. Finally, depending on eligibility, you may be able to live off-campus in one of the many apartments or rental houses offered in Kirksville. Please keep in mind that some students are required to live on campus once they start full time Truman enrollment. Truman is not responsible for off-campus living arrangements, so students will be responsible for things such as rent, utilities, and food.
  7. Will I be able to access the Truman facilities such as the Dining Halls or Student Recreation Center?
    Since The Language Company is located on Truman’s campus, you will be offered many of the benefits of being a normal Truman student. This includes access to University events, the Student Recreation Center, and the many dining facilities around campus. You will be able get the full University experience while attending ESL courses at Truman.
  8. How can I contact The Language Company?
    If you have any questions about the ESL program at The Language Company, feel free to contact the Director of Admissions,
Krista Garth

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Krista Garth, Class of 2022