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English as a Second Language

Gain the English language skills you need to thrive in the office or in university classes. Learning English at the academic level will open up exciting new career and study opportunities.

Apply By:
May 30, 2024
Classes Start:
June 20, 2024
No Live Lectures
Placement based on your personal English level
Take only the levels you need
Pay as You Go ($130 per course assessment)


The English as a Second Language (ESL) program aims to help students improve their English language abilities and equip them to be successful in their studies and careers. This non-degree, non-credit bearing program is made up of eight levels of proficiency and students will be placed at the best level for them based on their personal experience. After reaching the highest-level students will take the Oxford Test of English to prove their competency in English.  Similar to our other programs, students will be asked to pay an assessment fee of $130 at the end of each course, however, the University may provide scholarships to students who are unable to pay this fee.

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What you’ll learn

Gain valuable skills for personal and professional development: 

Learn basic grammar and simple sentences
Develop paragraphs with an emphasis on professional phrases
Understand complex written and spoken English
Participate meaningfully in spoken English conversations
Improve academic English language skills
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Admission Requirements

Anyone who has graduated high school, is 16 years of age or older, and can provide a valid English test score taken from one of the following below can study online at UoPeople.

  • Accuplacer 
  • CEFR 
  • Duolingo 
  • EIKEN 
  • IELTS 
  • PTE 

Those unable to provide a valid English test score have the option of taking a Duolingo placement test as part of the application process, or can begin the ESL program at Level 3.

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Curriculum / Courses

The objective of the English as a Second Language program is to improve the level of an English learner. The ESL classes teach different English language skills, according to the English ability of the students, interest, and needs. Students are assigned a level that corresponds to their individual needs. All programs teach the following: grammar, reading, comprehension, writing, and vocabulary.

  • 21 core credits


Where will the English as a Second Language Program take you? Learning English will help prepare you for:

Exciting International Carrers
Advanced Degree Studies
Team Management Opportunities
Global Networking

The skills learned from the English as a Second Language program create language and communication skills that can lead to many opportunities for students and graduates reaching beyond the University.

Confused about ESL Classes? Here’s What You Should Know!

ESL classes help non-native speakers of English attain proficiency in the language. It improves their quality of life and opens doors for career advancement

No tuition or enrollment fees



Paying for school

UoPeople does not charge for tuition, books, or campus expenses. We charge only a $100 application fee for the ESL program, and a $130 assessment fee at the end of each course. By submitting your English test scores you may be placed in a higher level, resulting in fewer courses to complete the program and saving you money!


Concerned about managing your studies while you work or juggle family life? Don’t be! Over half of our students are successfully studying while working, raising families, or both. You can too! UoPeople is proud to be the world’s most flexible option for learning English at an academic level. Learn more about how our programs are specially designed to work for you:
Asynchronous Learning
Total Accessibility
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Common Questions Students Are Asking Us

Questions regarding our academic programs offered at UoPeople

Absolutely! UoPeople has students from over 200 countries and territories.

University of the People is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. The Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) is listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a recognized accrediting agency. 

Absolutely! Classes at UoPeople are small and highly qualified instructors are available to answer students’ questions and offer support. Additionally, each student is connected with a personal Program Advisor at the commencement of their studies, who remains with them until graduation. Program Advisors act as the students’ personal support system throughout their studies. The Program Advisor will answer any questions the student may have, offer academic advice, discuss course selection, and offer encouragement throughout the student’s studies.

Asynchronous learning allows you to learn on your own schedule. You will have access via the UoPeople Online Campus to assignments, lectures, and other learning materials. There are no live lectures or set class times at UoPeople.  

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Accredited, Tuition-free, 100% Online Flexibility

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