Learn English as a Second Language

Learn ESL at Mission College

For students who would like to improve their English communication skills, Mission College offers three types of ESL (English as a Second Language) programs. Daytime, evening, Saturday, and online classes are available.

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ESL (for credit)

The credit ESL program offers a comprehensive program of study for high-beginning to advanced level students.  Courses in grammar and writing, reading and vocabulary, and listening and speaking prepare students to successfully reach their academic, career, and personal goals.  Optional courses in pronunciation, listening and culture, and English for Child Care are also available.


  • Highly experienced, educated, and helpful instructors
  • Five levels, high-beginning to advanced
  • Between 3-5 units of credit and hours of instruction per course
  • Fall and Spring courses 16 weeks
  • Winter and Summer courses 4-6 weeks
  • Certificate of Proficiency for advanced students who complete the ESL program
  • Tutoring is available through our Academic Support Center. (link?)

ESL for Credit is for students who want to:

  • Improve their English skills to earn a certificate, degree, or transfer to a four-year college.
  • Improve their English skills to get a job or a better job.
  • Communicate more successfully in English in their personal life. 

COST: $46 per unit plus fees for California residents. Non-California residents and international students are $215 per unit plus fees.  Financial aid is available for students who qualify. 

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ESL (for non-credit)

The noncredit ESL program offers courses for low-beginning and beginning level students.  Study reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary all together in the same class.  Daytime, evening, and online classes are available.  Courses are 0 credit.


  • Highly experienced, educated, and helpful instructors
  • Two levels, low-beginning and beginning
  • Join a class at any time during the fall, spring or summer
  • No fees
  • No residency requirements

ESL for Noncredit is for students who want to:

  • Begin learning English right away.
  • Improve their English and later enroll in Credit ESL.
  • Improve their English to get a job or a better job.
  • Communicate better in English in everyday life.

COST: Free

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Intensive English 

The Institute of International Studies (iis.missioncollege.edu) is primarily for international students. IIS offers an innovative learning environment conducive to building academic, cultural, and language skills necessary for success in American college and professional settings.

Courses are offered at 4 proficiency levels, focusing on college preparation. No TOEFL or IELTS score is required.

For more about our international program go to iis.missioncollege.edu.


• 5 admission dates per year (January, March, May, August, October)

• 8-week or 16-week sessions, 10 weeks in summer

• 20 hours of instruction a week

• 9 hours a week of lab instruction

Intensive English at IIS is for students who want to:

  • Improve their English in order to enter Mission College or other colleges.
  • Attend school full-time and learn English quickly.
  • Engage in cross-cultural activities and field trips.

COST: $2,600 for 8 weeks and $4,600 for 16 weeks, plus fees. This does not include housing, books or other costs (which is approximately $12,000 for the year)

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Basic Skills

Mission College also offers help with basic skills in English, Math or Reading for students in order for them to succeed in college-level work.




Types of ESL Programs

ESL for Credit • for high-beginning and advanced level students.

Non-Credit ESL • for low-beginning and beginning level students.

Intensive ESL • for international students or students who want to learn English quickly.

ESL Catalog Info
How to Apply to Mission

Steps (English)

Steps (Chinese)

Steps (Japanese)

Steps (Korean)

Steps (Spanish)

Steps (Vietnamese)

Assessment Testing Checklist

Assessment Center Info

Assessment Preparation Fillable Form (English)

Assessment Prep Form (Chinese)

Assessment Prep Form (Japanese)

Assessment Prep Form (Korean)

Assessment Prep Form (Spanish)

Assessment Prep Form (Vietnamese)

ESL Brochures

Brochure (English)

Brochure (Chinese)

Brochure (Japanese)

Brochure (Korean)

Brochure (Spanish)

Brochure (Vietnamese)

For International Students

Flyer (English)

Flyer (Chinese)

Flyer (Japanese)

Flyer (Korean)

Flyer (Portguese)

Flyer (Romanian)

Flyer (Spanish)

Flyer (Vietnamese)