ESL Classes for Non-Students

Communication Skills for Professionals

This course is designed to improve the listening and speaking skills of international professionals at the UI (visiting scholars, post-docs, researchers). The class gives participants the opportunity not only to attain greater conversational fluency, but also to practice language needed for professional interactions such as discussions and presentations.

Please note that we are not able to issue immigration documents for this course.

Date: January to May, May to July, or August to December
Because this course depends upon enrollment and teacher availability, it may not be offered every semester. Please check with the ESL Programs Office to find out when it may be offered next.

Time: 4:30-5:20 p.m., Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Cost: Tuition is $1,070 for a 16-week session, $580 for an 8-week session. The University also requires student fees including: technology fee, student services fee, activities fee, student union fee, building fee, and recreational facilities fee which total $313.25. If you are enrolled in other University classes, then you are already paying these fees and will only need to pay the tuition fee.

Semester hours: Zero


  1. Complete an application.
  2. Bring the application and a check for the $100 non-refundable tuition deposit to the ESL Programs Office. (If your department will sponsor you, please submit a Departmental Payment Form; in this case, a tuition deposit is not required.)
  3. We will contact you near the beginning of the semester to tell you the location of your class and the name of your teacher.

Free ESL Classes for Community Members

Every summer (mid-June through mid-July), free classes in English as a Second Language are offered to community members in the Iowa City area. Classes concentrate on speaking and listening, though help with other aspects of English is also available. Each class period is approximately one hour, and all classes take place during the daytime. Speakers of all ability levels are welcome. No daycare is provided. Classes are taught by students in the Department of Linguistics who are pursuing specialized training in teaching ESL. Classes are held on the Univerity of Iowa's campus.

For more information on these free summer classes, call the ESL Programs Office at (319) 335-5630 in late May.