Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ESL Programs in the USA: 3 Types Explained

By Xiao Lu
World Education Services

ESL programs – short for English as a second language – are designed for non-native English speakers and students who want to improve their English level.

International students can benefit greatly from studying in an ESL program, as it is an opportunity to adjust to a new language and culture. ESL programs also allow international students to make friends at their school before their degree program begins while getting acclimated to a new academic climate.

Here are three types of ESL programs that are popular with international students:

1) Non-intensive English programs 
These combine English with some specialized training. This type of program cannot grant a student visa to come to the U.S., so this might apply more to students who come to the U.S. for extended academic studies. 

2) Intensive English programs 
Intensive English Programs are the most common. These programs require 18-24 hours of English classroom study per week and can grant student visas. They aim to prepare students to study for undergraduate and graduate degrees. 

3) Pathway programs 
Sometimes referred to as bridge or transition programs, Pathway programs enable students to study the English language and academic courses as a sort of introduction to a traditional university degree program. Pathway programs give students the opportunity to ease into the curriculum while also earning credits toward a four-year degree.

If you are interested in learning more about ESL programs and pathway programs, sign up for our webinar archives to watch our webinar on ESL Programs and Pathways to U.S. Degrees.

Xiao Lu is a Marketing Associate with the WES Advisor team. With a passion in both marketing and research, she manages WES Advisor social media accounts in an analytical and strategic way. Xiao was once an international student from China herself and holds a Master’s in Marketing Intelligence from Fordham University. She now enjoys her travel and life in the U.S.

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