Note: We service immigrants, residents and refugees in this program only. . Individuals with F,M,B, Student or J visas are not eligible for Basic & Transitional Studies. Please contact International Programs at 206-934-5360 for more information.

English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are offered to non-native English speakers to improve their English communication skills. Conversation, pronunciation, reading, writing, grammar and composition are taught with an emphasis on language skills.

Classes are offered both morning (8 am – 11am) and evening (6 pm – 9 pm) Monday through Thursday at the West Seattle and NewHolly campuses. Additional evening classes are available at the Georgetown campus
The total tuition fee for each quarter is $25.00.

ESL Class Enrollment Procedures

All new students or former students who have not attended our classes within the last 6 months are required to attend a two-part placement evaluation and English language test PRIOR to being enrolled in classes. These testing sessions are offered before the start of each quarter by ESL instructors. If you are interested in taking non-credit ESL classes or for more information, please contact the Basic & Transitional Studies office at 206-934-5363 based on the following schedule.

I am interested in attending ESL classes for To sign up for testing, come to the ESL office the week of Testing Sessions (actual test dates provided at sign-up)

Fall Quarter

August 1st


Winter Quarter

December 1st


Spring Quarter

March 1st


Summer Quarter

June 1st



Robert Smith Building
(RSB 2)


Monday & Wednesday:
7:30 am - 6:00 pm

Tuesday & Thursday

7:30 am - 4:30 pm


8:00 am - 1:00 pm