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English as a Second Language

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NC State is proud to be a diverse university with students from all over the world— and the English as a Second Language program plays a vital role in providing support and resourses to students, faculty, and staff.  Whether you are an international student who needs to enroll in a Foreign Language-English (FLE) class, or are interested in an ESL teacher licensure program, we can help you meet your academic and professional goals.

Are you an international student?

English as a Second Language Courses:  We offer credit courses for regularly enrolled undergraduate and graduate international students.  You can find the classes listed in the NC State Course Catalog under the name FLE (Foreign Language English). 

To learn about the policies for taking FLE courses at NC State, please read our policy page

If you have questions about FLE courses, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Summer intensive English courses for internationals: If you are interested in studying English in an intensive 5-week program, please check out our Summer Institute in English. We are proud to say that this program has been operating for 50 years.


Are you interested in becoming an ESL teacher?

ESL Add-On Licensure for K-12 teachers: The NCSU ESL program provides an ESL teacher licensure program for undergraduates enrolled in teacher education and for currently licensed North Carolina public school teachers.

TESOL Certificate Program: This non-degree program is designed for those who are interested in teaching English abroad and in community colleges, and working and volunteering in immigrant communities. Students earn a TESOL Certificate in one semester.

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language: The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program is designed for those who are interested in receiving an initial K-12 teaching license.        

Are you an international graduate teaching assistant?

The ESL program offers language improvement courses for International Teaching Assistants.  We also administer the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit (SPEAK) test for potential graduate teaching assistants.  The SPEAK test is designed to measure non-native speaker's oral English proficiency.

Contact Information

Jillian Haeseler, Director of ESL
Campus Box 8106
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8106
919-515-9299 (phone)
919-513-7034 (fax)