Fall and Spring Semesters, 10-week Courses
3 Hours/Week, 30 Hours/Semester
High Intermediate- Advanced Levels, CEFR B2-C2
In-person and Online Courses
The ESL Credit Program is designed for advanced-level international graduate and exchange students at the University of Colorado Boulder or working professionals from the Boulder area. Students build and refine their English communication skills using texts, materials, and activities relevant to their specific area of study or profession. Courses are interactive and challenging.
International Graduate Student Courses
About Hybrid Courses
Hybrid courses meet in-person once per week for a total of 1.5 hours. Additional assignments and activities are completed online. Students can expect a minimum of 1.5 hours of online assignments and activities per week in addition to the in-person class time, regular reading, and homework assignments. Hybrid courses require consistent and dependable internet access.
English language screening tests are available to international students enrolled at the University of Colorado Boulder. The purpose of the tests is to assess students’ academic English proficiency and pronunciation.
Working professionals and community members who are not degree students are not required to take the tests.
International students in some departments, including those who will be TA's or RA's, are required to take English language screening tests in writing and/or speaking. All international students, at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, should check with their college or department about testing requirements.
The speaking component of the screening test takes place at the International English Center, located at 1030 13th Street, between Euclid and College Avenue in Boulder.
Engineering students can register online by clicking the button below.
When registering for courses, letter grading (A, B, C, D, and F) is the traditional method for credit and grading. Most credit courses are taken with this option. However, students may take a credit course for no credit or pass/fail.
Note: Students who receive a scholarship for an ESL Credit course must take the course for a letter grade.
Enrollment for New Nondegree Students
If you are new to CU as a nondegree student, complete and submit the Enrollment Application for Continuing Education.
You may email, fax, or drop off the completed form in person at the office of Continuing Education:
- Division of Continuing Education
1505 University Ave.
Boulder, CO 80309
- All dates and prices are subject to change without notice.
- All prices are in U.S. dollars.
- Tuition is due on the first day of class unless otherwise noted.
ESL Credit tuition is a separate charge and is not included as part of CU Boulder main campus tuition.
2-Credit Course (ESLG 1130, 1140, 1210): $920
Spring 2023 Dates
|Courses||Start Date||End Date||Days||Time|
Pronunciation for International
|February 7||April 20||T/Th||
8:00 AM - 9:15 AM (in-person)
for International Graduate Students
|February 7||April 20||T/Th||8:00 AM - 9:15 AM (in-person)|
Scholarships are competitive and limited, so please apply early. Deadline to apply is the first day of class
ESL Credit Program Scholarship
The University of Colorado Boulder's Division of Continuing Education offers a limited number of scholarships for ESL Credit Program courses. These scholarships are available to current CU graduate students and may be applied one time to one course. Students interested in receiving a scholarship must complete a competitive application process.
Nontraditional Student Scholarship
The University of Colorado Boulder's Division of Continuing Education offers a Nontraditional Student Scholarship each semester. The scholarship awards funding toward the cost of one course up to a maximum of $1000 and is competitive based on available funding and a competitive essay review. Non-degree seeking students (students not formally admitted to a University of Colorado Boulder degree program) age 22+ who are enrolled in ESL Credit Program courses offered through the International English Center are eligible to apply for the scholarship.
If you would like to apply for the Nontraditional Student Scholarship, please visit the Continuing Education website where you will find the link to the online scholarship application. You will need your Identikey username and password to complete this scholarship application. Please contact Continuing Education if you have any questions or are unable to log into the application: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may add, drop, or withdraw via Buff Portal, email, or in person. When withdrawing, students will receive a grade of “W” on their transcript.
1505 University Avenue, Boulder
Fall 2022 Add/Drop/Withdraw Schedule
|March 28, 2022||
First Date to Enroll
|September 12, 2022||Session Begin Date|
|September 16, 2022||
Add Deadline (without signatures)
|September 21, 2022||Deadline to withdraw from course with a 100% refund.|
|September 28, 2022||Deadline to withdraw from course with a 60% refund.|
|October 5, 2022||Deadline to withdraw from course with a 40% refund|
|November 17, 2022||Session End Date.|
Spring 2023 Add/Drop/Withdraw Schedule
|October 31, 2022||
First Date to Enroll
|February 6, 2023||Session Begin Date|
|February 13, 2023||
Add Deadline (without signatures)
|February 16, 2023||Deadline to withdraw from course with a 100% refund.|
|February 23, 2023||Deadline to withdraw from course with a 60% refund.|
|March 2, 2023||Deadline to withdraw from course with a 40% refund|
|April 20, 2023||Session End Date.|