English Language Programs

Juen A. - Class of 2021, Military Veteran

Develop your potential!
National University (NU) offers a variety of English language acquisition, communication, intercultural learning, and academic skill and performance development programs. These English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) programs–for individuals or groups–are designed for learners interested in English language acquisition and communication, wishing to enrich professional and workplace skills, or seeking to develop the academic language, knowledge, and skills required to pursue an advanced degree at an English-speaking college or university. NU is proud to be a member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs (AAIEP), Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) International and California TESOL (CATESOL), and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

Placement Exam
Students with qualifying English proficiency test scores recognized by National University or English Language Program (ELP) placement exam scores may enroll in the English Communication Series (ECS) program or the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program. Successful completion of the of the highest level (Academic English: Advanced Performance II) fulfills the National University English language proficiency requirement; therefore, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination is not required.

Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a Veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 220,000 alumni worldwide.

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Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

75+ Degree Programs

Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

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Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

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Attend class and learn onsite at one of over 20 locations in California.

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As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

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