English as a Second Language (ESL) programs offer international students the chance to learn English or improve their English language skills.
Intensive English Programs (IEPs)
- Can be taken for personal or professional reasons and not for academic credit.
- May also be taken to prepare for U.S. college or university admission, and some IEPs offer “bridge programs” that help students transfer into an academic program.
- May include classes designed for any level of English proficiency.
- Usually require 20-30 hours per week of intensive English language study.
- Are offered at U.S. colleges and universities and at independent English language institutions.
American Language and Culture Programs (ALCPs)
- Are usually taken for academic credit to prepare for a U.S. college or university degree program.
- Often require an intermediate or advanced level of English language proficiency before enrollment.
- May be taken to improve a specific academic skill, such as reading, writing, or grammar.
- Will assist with adjustment to U.S. culture and campus life.
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL),
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS),
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB)
- The Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic.