FAQ

  • What courses do you offer?
    Generally, courses in Public Speaking and Presentations and Academic Writing are offered each fall/spring semester. The intensive summer program consists of three courses: one in Listening and Speaking; one in Reading and Writing; and a choice of one of the following: American Culture, TOEFL Preparation, or Accent Reduction. See the course descriptions for more information.
  • Which courses are intended for JHU graduate students/international teaching assistants?

    AS.370.602 Accent Reduction and AS.370.603 Communication Strategies in American Academia are intended for JHU Graduate Students and international TAs in KSAS and WSE. These courses are offered during the day and require registration through SIS at no cost. Additional information can be found at English for ITAs. Permission of the instructor is required if you are enrolled at another school at Hopkins such as Peabody, Public Health or SOM. Visit your home Registrar to discuss inter-divisional registration options. Permission from your advisor may also be required.JHU graduate students may also enroll in two evening classes through SIS, AS.370.604 Academic Writing and AS.370.606 Public Speaking & Presentations. KSAS and WSE postdoctoral fellows may register for one Homewood course per semester at no cost. Permission of the instructor is required if you are enrolled at another school at Hopkins such as Peabody, Public Health or SOM. Visit your home Registrar to discuss inter-divisional registration options. Permission from your advisor may also be required. Non-affiliates and JHU staff who wish to enroll in either course must submit an application through the ESL Program’s application page and pay tuition in the amount of $895 per course (eligible staff may use tuition remission for ESL courses).

  • Do I receive credit for taking an ESL course?
    ESL is a non-credit program. All students will receive an evaluation after completion of each semester. A Certificate of Completion will be given after successful completion of the summer intensive program.
  • When do classes meet and how long does the semester last?
    The part-time program for fall and spring semesters generally lasts 13 weeks with classes meeting one or two evenings per week. The full-time intensive program in the summer lasts for five weeks with classes meeting for a total of 22-25 hours per week. Meeting times are subject to change depending on class size. See the course descriptions for more information.
  • How much is tuition?
    The cost of tuition is $895 per course. The cost for the full intensive summer program (three courses) is $2,500. Additional fees may apply. See the application page for more information.
  • Can I get a discount on tuition?
    No, we do not offer discounted tuition rates at this time. However, Johns Hopkins University faculty and staff may be eligible for tuition remission. Check with your benefits office to see if this option is available. Postdocs in the JHU School of Medicine may be eligible to enroll at no charge for the summer program only. We also accept payment from your employer or JHU department if they support your taking classes for professional development. Please see Apply for additional information.
  • Do you offer financial aid?
    No, we do not have a financial aid option at this time.
  • If I drop a course, can I get a refund?
    Students may receive a full refund of tuition up to the first day of classes. After that, the regular refund policy applies. Please see the complete refund schedule for more information.
  • Do I have to attend every class?
    As a general attendance policy, students are allowed up to a certain number of absences and still be able to complete the course:
    Summer program: Absent or late for more than seven classes in a five-day-per-week course, or four classes in a three-day-per-week course.
    Spring/Fall semester: Absent or late for more than seven classes in a two-day-per-week course and three classes in a one-day-per-week course.
    Incomplete coursework and poor attendance may result in not receiving a Certificate of Completion. If your schedule does not allow you to attend the program from beginning to end, you may want to consider registering for the next semester instead.
  • Can I register late?
    You will benefit the most from the program if you attend from beginning to end, however students are allowed to register late in accordance with the Adding Classes schedule stated in the refund policy. The attendance policy above still applies.
  • Do I have to be a JHU student to take ESL?
    No. We encourage any student or professional 18 years of age or older (ages 15+ for the intensive summer program) to enroll in our courses to sharpen their English skills.
  • Can I get a visa to take ESL courses?
    Fall/Spring: No, we do not sponsor a visa for international students enrolled in a part-time ESL program. Students or professionals ages 18 and older, residing locally or visiting, may enroll part-time.
    Summer: Yes, if registering for the full program (three courses), we will be able to sponsor an F-1 visa for international students. Make sure that all the required forms are received by our office by the deadline of April 1. The summer program offers intensive courses for students ages 15 and older. Please see the visa information page for application instructions and additional requirements for pre-college students (ages 15–17).
  • Can I register for ESL if I am under 18 years of age?
    Summer: The ESL program is open to pre-college students between 15 and 17 years of age, but they must enroll in the Pre-College Residential program unless staying with a guardian.
    Fall/Spring: Students ages 18 and older may enroll part-time.
  • How do I register?
    To register for ESL, simply create an account and complete the online application. Once you’ve created an account and submitted your application you will then have access to the Tuition Payment Form, which needs to be forwarded to esl@jhu.edu. If you need to apply for an F-1 visa or pre-college residential (for the summer intensive program only), please follow the checklist on the visa information page.
  • How do I know what level to register for?
    Fall/Spring: Placement testing is administered on the first night of class.
    Summer: Placement testing is administered on the first day of the summer intensive program during Orientation.
  • Do you offer classes for beginners?
    The ESL program at JHU does not offer beginning-level courses. You must have studied English for at least two years prior to enrolling.
  • Do you provide housing? Is the cost of housing included in tuition?
    Housing costs are not included in tuition and are arranged only for the summer semester. See additional information on housing and meals on the program page.
  • Do you have any job or volunteer opportunities for teachers of ESL?
    Currently, we do not have any volunteer opportunities available for the ESL program. Job openings are posted on the Center for Language Education website as they become available.
  • Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
    For more information about the ESL program, contact our office by phone at 410-516-5431 or by email at esl@jhu.edu.