International Students

ESL – English as a Second Language

COVID 19 Update for ESL: During these stressful times, we hope you and your family are healthy, safe, and secure! 

We WILL have ESL classes this spring quarter, and they will start Monday, April 13. The classes will not be on campus.  Classes will be online. 

  • You will need: 
  • • A computer or tablet with a camera, speakers and a microphone (or a headset).
  • • If you don’t have a computer or tablet we may have some laptops available to borrow – info is here.
  • • Computer Internet access (wi-fi). (Your smart phone data plan will not be enough.)
  • • If you are low-income and need wi-fi, please check here or contact
  • • An email address that you can check every day.

To take an online spring quarter ESL class, you must email the North Seattle College Registration Office at today. 😊

Any other questions, please call the Basic and Transitional Studies Office at (206) 934-4720 or email us at


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