Welcome to Arkansas State University!

Our intensive English program will give you English language skills through classroom teaching and cultural activities. Daily study, guided practice, and practical real life experiences will allow you to develop English language proficiency needed to succeed and thrive in an American college or university.


Class Information

The program includes:

  • A 6 level, comprehensive program.
  • Intensive program: classes meet 5 days per week.
  • Interactive and dynamic courses that prepare students for the academic needs of college: listening skills, note-taking skills, giving presentations, etc.
  • Skill-based courses taught by instructors who are experts in teaching ESL.
  • Student-centered instruction: group work, pair work, and whole class discussion.
  • Low student/teacher ratio: no more than 15 students to 1 teacher with an average ratio of 11 to 1.

Other features

In addition to classroom training, students also receive:

  • Tutoring
  • Extra-curricular activities for students.
  • Free and unlimited access to all A-State facilities and services.
  • On campus housing facilities with American roommates.
After you've completed the ESL / ELA Program

Upon completion of the program, international students are eligible to apply for entrance into undergraduate and graduate programs at Arkansas State University with no further English proficiency examination, e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, etc. provided they meet the following:

  • Completion of the final level of the program with 80% or higher proficiency and a 4.0 on the iTEP for undergraduate admission.
  • Completion of the final level of the program with 90% or higher proficiency and a 4.5 on the iTEP for graduate admission.

Students must also meet any additional admissions requirements required by the program of study in which they desire to enroll.