English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

Juen A. - Class of 2021, Military Veteran
Juen A. - Class of 2021, Military Veteran


The English for Specific Purposes (ESP) program includes four-week courses.
National University is San Diego’s largest private nonprofit university.

Program Overview


The program is designed to strengthen scholarly skills in a discipline-oriented context (terminology, concepts, themes, topics), increase confidence in subject-specific areas (the student’s selected field of study), expand discipline-specific skills (conceptualization, critical analysis, case studies), and provide discipline-based research opportunities. The student’s field of study may be in health, business, accounting, engineering, computer science, communication, education, economics, finance, environmental science, hospitality, public relations, or other related fields.

For individual students:

  • For graduate students who plan to continue their studies at National University
  • For individual students to qualify for enrollment in this program, students must have met the National University English language proficiency requirements, or have graduated from the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program
  • Indicate your field of study at the graduate level
  • Four-week term offered every month
  • 3-day program = $500 per term (Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday classes)

For cohorts:

  • ESP: English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Teaching Strategies (for certified teachers only)
  • ESP: Business English (see below)

Individuals or cohorts, please contact [email protected] for more details.

Click here for program specific course information.

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 180,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Courses

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.

On Campus or Online

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.

20+ Locations

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

Military Friendly

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

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