English As A Second Language

General Enrollment Guidelines for ESL Classes

If a student is mandated to take the EPT (as stated in the letter of admission), then the results of the EPT determine mandatory courses as part of the student’s course of study. Until the student completes those courses, s/he is on limited admission status. The requirement to take the EPT is made by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, based on the student's pre-matriculation test scores (e.g., TOEFL, IELTS) and other application information.  For graduate students, a department may require the EPT even if the campus admissions office does not.

Focus Undergraduate Grad
Writing 111, 112, 115 511, 512, 515, 521, 522, 525, 592
Pronunciation 110 510
International Teaching Assistant   504, 506, 508


  • For Graduate Students
  • For Visiting Scholars
  592, 593

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SSP/CR Billing for Graduate Students in ESL courses:

If your program is not Self-Supporting or Cost-Recovery, please disregard the following information:

SSP and CR Programs are designed to generate their own costs through tuition and fees and receive no state money.  This means that the cost of ESL courses is not paid by the state for students in these programs. Campus policy—approved by the Board of Trustees—maintains that students in these programs will be charged directly to recover costs for ESL instruction. SSP/CR graduate students in ESL are charged a per student fee for enrollment in each course. The amount of this charge is determined by campus and is not controlled by the Department of Linguistics or the ESL program, but the current fee is approximately $515 per course and, if applicable, should appear in students’ campus statement.

The Graduate College has a list of SSP/CR programs

Frequently Asked Questions

For questions about ESL coursework, contact eslprogram@illinois.edu.
You can find more information on the English Placement Test or contact the EPT staff (eptillinois@illinois.edu).