International Students

ESL – English as a Second Language

We will have ESL classes this fall quarter, and they will start Tuesday, September 29. The classes will not be on campus. Classes will be online

You can sign up today!

To take an online fall quarter ESL class, you must email the North Seattle College Registration Office at today. 😊 They will help you register.

For online classes, you will need

  • A computer, laptop, or tablet with a camera, speakers, and a microphone (or a headset).
  • Computer Internet access (Wi-Fi).
  • An email address that you can check every day.

If you need to borrow a laptop or get Wi-Fi, please contact Nyah Ferreira at (206) 934-6030 or email her at

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 to 6

9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Levels 1 to 3

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.



M, T, W, Th

Levels 1 to 6

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

Interested in job training & ESL at the same time?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).

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
(206) 934-4720

Basic & Transitional Studies Division

IB 2407c

Mailing Address
NSC Basic & Transitional Studies Division
9600 College Way N
Seattle, WA 98103

Curtis Bonney