ESL Credit Program

Intensive Courses for CU Boulder Students and Working Professionals

Program Overview

The ESL Credit Program is designed for advanced level international graduate, undergraduate 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. Currently, 2 and 3-credit courses are offered in writing, presentation skills, and accent reduction.

Course Format

ESL Credit Program courses are offered in both traditional and hybrid formats. Please read course descriptions carefully to determine whether a section is traditional or hybrid format.

Traditional Classes

Traditional classes meet in-person twice per week at the International English Center for a total of 3 hours. Reading and homework assignments take place outside of class.

Hybrid Classes

Hybrid classes meet in-person once per week for a total of 1.5 hours at the International English Center. Additional assignments and activities in hybrid classes are completed online (outside of real time in an asynchronous environment). 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 connection.

Credits, Grades, and Full-time Status for International Students

ESL Credit Program courses are offered for 2 and 3 – credits.  These credits count toward students’ GPAs, but do not count toward their graduation. These credits may also fulfill immigration or financial aid requirements.

ESL Credit Program courses are also offered for letter grades, which appear on students’ official university transcripts. A pass/fail grading option may be formally requested. (Students should check with their individual colleges and departments to determine whether they are required to take these courses for a letter grade prior to requesting the pass/fail option.) Please see Special Grading Options for more details.