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Common Questions

 General

If English is not your first language and you have some difficulty with writing, reading, speaking, or listening in English, then our ESL classes may be appropriate for you.

If you are an International student (F-1 visa) want to join our program at the Plano (Spring Creek) Campus, you need to have all of the F-1 student visa requirements and one of the following scores:

  • TOEFL  iBT score of at least 32 (8 minimum in each skill)
  • TOEFL pBT 385 (93 minimum in each skill)
  • IELTS band score of 4.5 (4.0 minimum in each skill)

International students already at another college in the United States who meet the requirements will also benefit from transferring to our ESL program.

Members of the community can improve their English either in our ESL credit or our concurrent non-credit program at the Plano (Spring Creek) campus or in the Collin College Continuing Education program at our Courtyard Center campus.

Our F-1 students are required to take at least 18 hours of ESL classes during the week. Each class has 2 lecture hours and 2 lab hours. A student will typically have 5 classes, or 20 contact hours, with the ESL professors during the week (5 classes X 4 hours). Please visit the "Program and Services" page from the menu on the left to see a sample schedule and ESL class descriptions.
It may be possible to take a few other classes while taking ESL classes and without first passing the TSI. You will need to talk to an advisor in G103 at the Plano (Spring Creek) campus.
If you are an International Student with an F-1 visa, you are required to be a full-time student. Otherwise, yes, you can study part-time so that you may continue to work. You will have many assignments to do outside of ESL class hours and should consider how much free time you will have to study.

 

Admission to the ESL Program 

You need to apply for admission as an International Student (F-1 Visa.) Please click on this link for instructions and further information on Admission requirements. After admission, you will need to take the ESL New Student Assessment and oral exam at our Plano (Spring Creek) Campus, so we can correctly place you into our ESL program at the Intermediate, Advanced, or Transitioning level.
You need to apply for admission as a Transfer Student with an F-1 Visa. Please click on this link for instructions and further information on Admission requirements. After admission, you will need to take the ESL New Student Assessment and oral exam at our Plano (Spring Creek) Campus, so we can correctly place you into our ESL program.
You need to go to the Admissions Office at one of our three campuses, Plano (Spring Creek) Campus in Plano, Central Park Campus in McKinney, or Preston Ridge Campus in Frisco. You will need to complete an Application for Admission and get a Student College Wide ID number. You will then go to the Testing Center at that campus and ask to take the ESL Assessment. You will also schedule an oral exam with an ESL professor at the Plano (Spring Creek) Campus while you are in the Testing Center. During your oral exam, the professor will review the results of the ESL Assessment and advise you as to which English level in our ESL program is best for you.
If it is very difficult for you to speak or understand any English, please go to our Continuing Education at the Courtyard Center in Plano. The Continuing Education program is for English language learners who are just beginning to learn English or who want to improve their English to get or keep a job, live in the community, or achieve personal goals. 
Yes. The INRW classes are designed for students whose native language is English. There are differences in how the professors are trained to teach and differences in classroom content and activities. The INRW classes do not offer the ESL linguistic support and ESL teaching strategies that help non-native English learners acquire academic English skills. Students who need this ESL support sometimes drop out of the INRW class because they do not have the necessary skills needed for the class. You should ask to take the ESL Assessment at the Testing Center J232 and, when you are there, sign up for an oral exam with one of the ESL professors. From your ESL Assessment and oral exam scores, we can place you in one of our ESL levels.

 

ESL Student Assessment

You must get a College Wide Student ID number at the Admissions Office (no charge). You will then need to take the ESL New Student Assessment in the Testing Center (no charge). While you are at the Testing Center, you will schedule an oral exam with an ESL professor. During the oral exam, the results of the Assessment and the correct level for your ESL classes will be discussed.
If you met all the application requirements for admission, including the TOEFL or IELTS scores, then you should not need further ESL instruction, and you need not take the ESL New Student Assessment after you arrive.

If you were conditionally admitted to Collin College as an ESL student because you received the minimum TOEFL/IELTS scores required for admission to the ESL program and also met the other application requirements, then you will need to take the ESL New Student Assessment after you arrive.

No. You should contact the Continuing Education office at (972) 985-3750 for assessment information at the Courtyard Center for that program.

No.  ESL classes are developmental classes, so they do not transfer to another college. They also do not count toward the number of credit hours needed to complete an associate or bachelor's degree.

Yes. You must still take the ESL New Student Assessment at Collin College. Different colleges have different kinds and levels of ESL classes. As a result, the first or second level of an ESL program at another college may not teach the same topics as the first or second level at Collin College.

Yes. You must take the ESL New Student Assessment in order to register in the ESL credit classes or concurrent non-credit classes at the Plano (Spring Creek) campus. You can take this ESL Assessment at the Testing Centers at Plano (Spring Creek), Preston Ridge, or at Central Park campuses. You must also schedule an oral exam while you are at the Testing Center. The oral exam is only given on the Plano (Spring Creek) campus.

 

Program Costs

It depends on how many classes you take and your visa and residency status. Costs for courses can be found here.
No, F-1 International Students must submit documentation proving that they have financial support to pay their tuition and do not qualify for Financial Aid.    

However, you may find limited work opportunities on campus for limited hours during the academic year. You are not permitted to work off campus, unless under certain circumstances explained by the International Student Office. Please contact the International Student Office for more information.

Yes. Students, except for International Students, may apply for Financial Aid for ESL classes both for credit and for Continuing Education classes. Please contact the Financial Aid Office early in the process for requirements. 

 

Contact Us!

If you have additional questions regarding the ESL program, please contact: esl@collin.edu

For questions regarding the admissions process, please contact: iso@collin.edu

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