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Intensive ESL Programs

Are you considering enrolling in an English as a Second Language (ESL) program? There are many options:

  • A language school;
  • A program affiliated with and operated by a college or university;
  • A program operated by a company or public agency, which is conducting language courses at a boarding school, college or university;
  • Adult education centers; and
  • Non-profit organizations offering English lessons for immigrants.

If you are thinking about attending a four-year academic program in this country, consider an ESL program at a college or university. The ESL programs affiliated with colleges or universities are generally designed to help improve students' language proficiency so they may officially enroll in college courses.

These programs may administer their own proficiency examinations in order to determine a student's English language skills.

Whatever school you select, make sure it is accredited. To learn more, click here.

Acceptance Policies and Visas
Some private language schools do not require foreign individuals to have a student visa (F-1) if they adhere to the pertinent INS regulations for their visa status.

However, individuals who do not have student status, including individuals visiting the US on a tourist visa, may have to limit their enrollment to a certain number of hours of instruction per week.

Many private language schools are legally authorized to issue I-20s to foreign students who wish to enroll in a full-time course of study.

If you plan to attend a program authorized to issue I-20s -- such as a program affiliated with a college or university -- you may be required to submit the following documents in addition to your application form:

  1. A copy of your certificate, diploma or degree and your school records.
  2. A standardized test score showing your current English proficiency level.
  3. A current bank statement or other proof of financial support.

Since many private language schools do not grant degrees, they may have relatively few acceptance requirements. Students of all ages and levels of English proficiency are usually able to enroll. Proficiency testing often takes place after the student has arrived at the school.

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