International Student Ministry

                                Welcome to the USA and to Austin!

We offer free English and Bible classes for international students, scholars, their families and friends.  We are a Christian  organization, however, we respect and welcome all people from any faith or no faith to our ESL program.  

All times are Central Standard Time

To get more information or to register for a class, please send Mrs. Marcia Mittwede an email and tell her your name and class numbers (#) you’d like to join. 

Please note: To get the most out of our program, students should be able to ask and answer basic questions in English and follow instructions in English.  While every level of English-speaking person is welcome to try the classes, a person whose English is not at least at a beginning level, will find it difficult to benefit from the classes.


All classes are free and meet once a week on the day indicated. You may join a class at any time during the semester. 
CLASS LOCATIONS:   Most classes meet in-person at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River. Some classes are also offered on Zoom.  To receive the Zoom link, contact
Book Club   Participants choose a book to read and meet to discuss it together. 
English Conversation Class:  Practice speaking English in a casual setting. Make new friends and learn about American culture in a group of 4 – 6 people. Worksheets are provided.

ESL Bible Class:  The Bible has influenced much of the English language and American culture.  English Bibles and other materials are provided.  No prior Bible knowledge is required. 

Idioms and Slang:  The American language uses many idioms and slang.  This class will help define idioms and slang expressions that are common in daily life in America.  

Proverbs for LifeThis discussion class focuses on proverbs (wise sayings)  that will help a person navigate life.  Students will study the proverbs of Solomon, an ancient king, as recorded in the Bible.  

Water Color Painting: Students of all skill levels paint and share results with other classmates.  A retired professional artist is available to critique and give advice on making the painting better. 

TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS:  Send an email with your name and choice of classes (Class #) to Mrs. Marcia:   She will send you the Zoom Link. You may join a class any time during the year. 

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For directions to St. Paul Lutheran Church, please go to this link:

how to find us

Worship Service
Sundays @5pm


University Lutheran Church, 2100 San Antonio, Suite 110, Austin, TX 78705
Ground floor of the ION apartment building at the corner of San Antonio and 21st.
Entrance is on 21st street.

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For University Lutheran parking: please contact Pastor Mittwede for access to the garage. Otherwise, there’s street parking or St. Austin’s Church Garage on San Antonio St.

International Student Ministry

International student classes are held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3501 Red River St. Austin, TX 78705
Use the parking lot on the north side of the church building.