International ESL Program

Study in the USA with Lane's IESL - International English as a Second Language program

The International ESL Program is designed to help students from all over the world improve their English language skills in reading, writing, grammar, listening and speaking. Students take courses with faculty who have master's degrees in TESOL or a related field. Classes are kept small so that students get personal attention.


ESL Program Structure

There are 6 levels in the ESL program (A, B, C, D, E, and F). All new international students will take a placement test during orientations and get placed in an appropriate level of the ESL class. Each level is described in detail on the International ESL Course Description page.

ESL classes are offered in blocks. Morning classes are for 4 hours each day Monday through Friday. Afternoon classes are for 5 hours each day Monday through Thursday. You will study for total 20 hours per week. ESL Programs also offer elective classes, and these are optional. Fall, Winter, and Spring terms consist of 11 weeks, and Summer term is 8 weeks.

Transition from ESL to College level

At Lane, we encourage our ESL students to continue on into the college major program and want to support them in the best way possible. The TOEFL and IELTS scores are not required! For more information please visit the ESL transition process page.

Request Information Apply to International Programs

For more information about attendance and other policies please see ESL Program Guidelines.

Why You Should Come to Eugene

Eugene is a special city known as the running capital of the U.S.A. Students like Eugene, a university town, because of its safe environment, beautiful nature, healthy air, and quality of life. They like the fact that Eugene is quieter than larger cities and provides an environment which makes it easy to study.

Oregon is well known for its tourism, wood products, sporting goods companies (Nike and Columbia Sportswear), and its high technology companies (Oregon Scientific, and Tektronix).

international students gathered for photo

Why Study Lane Community College?

Lane Community College has an excellent reputation in the United States. It is a member of the prestigious and select League for Innovation in the community college. In 2000 Lane Community College was selected by the League for Innovation as one of only 12 Vanguard Colleges in North America based on the college's outstanding record of achievement and innovation.

Why You Should Consider Lane's International ESL Program

The International English as a Second Language Program at Lane Community College is also well known for its experienced instructors and high standards in preparing students for transferring to credit programs and meeting their individual goals. International students appreciate the personal attention they receive from the faculty and staff.

Girl looking at directions to ESL Program on campus

About Community Colleges

More than 1,200 community colleges in the United States offer the first two years of study after high school. They represent more than 40 percent of all higher education establishments in the United States. Most community colleges are public and are funded by local taxes. Many of them are urban and do not have dormitories on their campuses.

More than half the nation's undergraduates study at community colleges to complete their first two years of university study. They choose to study at community colleges because they can receive personal attention from their instructors, the tuition is less expensive, and the class sizes are smaller than in a university setting.

Community colleges usually have arrangements with universities so that the credits students earn during their two years of study at community colleges are easily transferable to allow students to finish the last two years of their four-year bachelor's degree at a university of their choice.