ESL Builds a Pathway to Academic Success

University of the Potomac’s ESL (English as a Second Language) program is a series of intensive academic-focused English courses designed to prepare students for the rigors of a university environment. The objective is to develop students’ linguistic competence by focusing on the language functions required for academic achievements and everyday life activities. The ESL program also includes weekly American history and cultural activities.

As an International Student, You Will...

  • Develop critical language competency skills, such as listening, reading, speaking, and writing.
  • Establish a mastery of the foundational aspects of producing simple and complex sentences.
  • Develop academic identity skills and gain a strong understanding of the academic expectations needed for college.
  • Gain an appropriate understanding of the methods and techniques needed for learning English in an academic setting.
  • Learn how to conduct research and apply research writing skills.

About Our Locations

University of the Potomac is here to serve you. We offer the convenience of taking class online, anywhere around the world or at our Washington, D.C. or Vienna, Virginia campus.

Located in Our Nation’s Capital

Our Washington, D.C. campus is conveniently located in the heart of the city’s government and business district, three blocks from the White House. In addition to providing the latest amenities in a modern setting, the campus is located adjacent to the McPherson Square metro station, and just three blocks from Metro Center, making it easy to commute to and from classes.

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Surrounded by History and Culture

Our Vienna, Virginia campus is located 15 minutes from Arlington, VA and the Maryland border in Tysons Corner area. The campus is surrounded by a host of historical sites and its culturally diverse surroundings make it ideal for learning in and out of the classroom.

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Online Learning

The flexibility and quality of our online learning program is perfect for those who are serious about getting a great education and earning a degree, but prefer the online experience. Students in our online programs get the same quality education we provide in the classroom and the degree requirements are the same.

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Is Our ESL Program For You?

Have you learned another language before English?  Do you experience challenges when reading and writing and/or understanding the English language? Do you want to attend a university in the United States and immerse yourself in the American culture? Are you committed and like to get things done? If this sounds like you, this program may be exactly what you need.

What You Will Get

Upon completion of the ESL program, you will receive:

  • English language waiver for enrollment in a University of the Potomac degree program
  • Academic Enrichment Skills
  • Academic Advising Support and Assistance
  • Career Advising Support and Assistance
  • Interaction with Native English Speakers
  • Access to Washington, D.C. Activities