ESL Application Information

To get started on your application you must first create an account by using the English as a Second Language Online Application. Once your account is created, simply log in using your username and password to create and submit your application.

Important Dates

  • Fall 2021 – August 30 – December 6 (registration begins July 1)
  • Spring 2022 – January 24 – April 29 (registration begins November 15)
  • Summer 2022 – TBA

Tuition and Fees

Fall and Spring courses: $895 per course
Summer courses: $750 for a 3-day class; $500 for a 2-day class ($1,900 if enrolled in all three courses)

Once you have submitted your application, you will have access to the Tuition Payment Form. Complete the form with your preferred payment method and forward it to Tuition and all fees must be paid in full to reserve your spot in the program.

Payment Methods

U.S. check, cash (in person), wire transfer, JHU departmental charge and tuition remission (if applicable; see below for more details). Please keep in mind that bank wire transfers sent from students overseas may be processed by several intermediary banks while on their way to the U.S. In some cases these banks may charge a processing fee of $20 or more (in addition to the wire transfer fee charged by your bank), which is then deducted from your wire transfer amount. We must receive payment in full: these processing fees are your responsibility.

International Applicants

Our ESL program is a non-credit, part-time program. F-1 visa applications are not issued for part-time study, therefore you must have proper visa status to be eligible to enroll in part-time study in the U.S.

Tuition Remission

Employees of JHU are eligible for tuition remission once you have completed 120 days of full-time employment as long as you are JHU faculty, staff, or retiree. Spouse and dependents are also eligible. Visiting faculty and staff, residents, interns and postdoctoral fellows are NOT eligible for tuition remission. Please complete the required tuition remission form at the Human Resources website. Completed Tuition Remission forms should be sent directly to along with the ESL Online Application.

Postdoctoral Fellows in the School of Medicine may register without being charged tuition for the ESL Summer Program. Registration for summer courses will require the postdoctoral fellow to first visit the School of Medicine Registrar’s Office to obtain a Verification of Enrollment form. Failure to obtain this form prior to registration will result in the student being billed for tuition fees. SOM enrollment forms should be sent directly to along with the ESL online application.

Enrolling Via SIS

Current JHU full-time International Graduate Students, TAs, Postdoctoral Fellows (AS/EN), Visiting Scholars (AS/EN) may enroll via SIS for the spring/fall semester courses ONLY.

Tuition costs or department billing (see below) will apply if enrolling in the summer program. No inter-divisional or inter-program registration will be accepted. Students should register for summer courses through the ESL office by submitting the ESL online application and payment form.

Other JHU affiliates are responsible for the tuition for these non-credit courses or for locating other sources of payment, such as department billing (see below).

JHU Department Billing

In some cases, departments may pay for the cost of tuition if they feel that the course is needed for your employment and/or professional development if you are not able to enroll visa SIS or eligible for tuition remission. Submit the ESL online application and complete the ESL payment form by selecting Department Billing under Method of Payment and include a budget number as well as the contact information of your department’s budget administrator.