International Students

ESL – English as a Second Language

North Seattle College’s English as a Second Language (ESL) program is here to help you improve your English language skills for your daily life.

We are also here to help you explore and transition to a college pathway or find a better career.

The tuition is only $25/quarter.  If you qualify, financial aid is available for tuition, books and supplies.

Every quarter we have classes in:

  • •    Reading & Writing
  • •    Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation
  • •    Computer Skills
  • •    Job/Career Preparation and Training for non-native speakers (I-BEST)
  • •    Math

We have 6 levels, from very beginning (Level 1) to college-ready (Level 6).

Our fall, winter and spring schedule is:


M, T, W, Th, F

Levels 4 – 6

9:00 a.m. to 12:50 a.m.

Levels 1 – 3

10:00 a.m. to 1:50 p.m.



M, T, W, Th

Levels 1 – 6

6:30 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

To see the current or future ESL class schedule and the many available classes go here.

To join an ESL class is quick and easy! Click here to follow the 4 steps to join a class.  (You can read this in several languages.) 

Don’t forget to bring a picture ID when you come in.  (A Social Security Number is not required).

Interested in job training & ESL at the same time?

I-BEST: get a certificate or degree in Accounting, Information Technology (IT), Electronics, Early Childhood Education, Medical Assistant, and Phlebotomy.

Need a High School diploma or GED? Did you know you can now get high school credit for taking an ESL class (levels 5 and 6 only)?  We can also help you get ready for the GED. Learn more here.

 *Students with B, F or J visas are NOT eligible to take ESL classes for $25 per quarter. Please contact the International Programs Office at (206) 934-3672 or the Office of Continuing Education at (206) 934-3705 for more information.

  • Division Contacts
  • email
  • (206) 934-4720
  • Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • Location
  • IB 2407c
  • Mailing Address
  • NSC Basic & Transitional Studies Division
  • 9600 College Way N
  • 3NC2407C
  • Seattle, WA 98103
  • Dean
  • Curtis Bonney