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.

Learning English as a Second Language

University of the Potomac’s academic-focused ESL program is designed to serve as a pathway that, upon satisfactory completion, will permit TOEFL or IELTS requirements to be waived, for immediate enrollment in a University of the Potomac program.

While you have hundreds of cities to choose from, few can compare to Washington, D.C.’s abundant entertainment and recreational options, and its ethnically and culturally diverse population. There’s certainly plenty to do, from visiting the many museums along the National Mall to taking in a Washington Nationals baseball game to simply enjoying the cherry blossoms in springtime.

By providing weekly activities designed to help students better understand and engage with the dynamics of studying and living in the United States, the ESL program helps you discover D.C.’s many facets of American culture.

University of the Potomac is regionally accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
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ESL Program Learning Goals

Those who complete the ESL program are able to:

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

Students will also gain:

  • 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 DC Activities


Program Overview
Levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Reviewed and approved by ETS®,
the maker of the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests

Time to Completion:

8 weeks per Level


$880 per level
Does not include books and resource materials

Included in the program

  • All course books
  • Group lessons
  • Supplementary teaching materials and self-access facilities
  • Wi-Fi Internet access throughout the school
  • End-of-course report and diploma
  • Social activities

NOT Included in the Program

  • Registration Fee of $100
  • Campus housing (Local apartments and home stay options may be available)
  • Excursions, certain activities, admission fees, and meals
  • Health insurance (Required, $30 to $50 per month)
  • Transportation
  • Other miscellaneous fees

Is the University of the Potomac ESL Right for Me?

Have You:

  • Learned another language before English?
  • Had trouble reading and writing in English?
  • Had trouble understanding written or spoken English?

Do You:

  • Have a goal of attending a university in the United States?
  • Want to immerse yourself in American culture?

Would people describe you as…

  • Committed, always like to make sure things get done?
  • Thorough, often checking things an extra time for accuracy?

Ready To Apply? Great! Here's What You Need To Do:

  • Complete an admissions interview conducted in person or via online methods.
  • Sign and submit an attestation of high school (or equivalent) completion.
  • Equivalencies include a GED Certificate. Home schooled students must present a diploma that meets the requirements of the state in which it was issued. (Students with non-US credentials please see International Student Admissions Requirements below).
  • Submit a completed application
  • Arrange for official transcripts from all colleges/universities previously attended to be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration, University of the Potomac.
  • Submit grade reports or scores from any recognized college equivalency examinations (e.g., CLEP, DANTES, and Advanced Placement).
  • Submit certificates from any corporate education training or professional development programs. (Note: An ACE evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for corporate educational training.)
  • Submit military training documents. (Note: An ACE military evaluation form may be required to determine appropriate credit for military training.)
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