English as a Second Language

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 resources 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).

For a list of course descriptions, policies and frequently asked questions, visit the FLE Courses page.

FLE Courses 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.

Summer Institute in English

Are you interested in becoming an ESL teacher?

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

ESL Teacher Licensure Program

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.

TESOL Certificate Program

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.

Master of Arts in Teaching Program

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 speakers' oral English proficiency.

SPEAK Test Information

Free ESL Classes

Conversation and pronunciation classes for international graduate students, visiting scholars, and spouses. All are welcome. Classes begin on Sept. 6  and end Dec. 2. Here are the times and places.

  • Tuesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM in SAS 1220
  • Wednesdays from 6:00-7:30 PM in Winston 004
  • Thursdays from 6:00-7:30 PM in Winston 004
  • Fridays from 10:15 – 11:30 AM in Winston 004  

Contact us

Jillian HaeselerDirector of ESL
Email: jshaesel@ncsu.edu
Office: Withers 325
Phone: 919-515-9299
Fax: 919-513-7034

Campus Box 8106
NC State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-8106

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