ESL Program

 
The ESL Program at Kent State University at Stark offers an English language and cultural immersion experience to its participants. International students interested in participating in cultural exchanges, developing their English language abilities and learning about US culture and customs will find this program beneficial. The Kent State Stark ESL Program provides an academically rigorous curriculum, with designated classes focused on both writing and speaking.

The Kent State Stark ESL program does not require a minimum TOEFL/IELTS score and is offered at a significantly discounted tuition rate. 


About Kent State University at Stark

Kent State University at Stark is a regional campus of the eight-campus system of Kent State University. Regional Campus students gain the advantage of attending a distinguished university in a friendly and individualized environment that resembles a small liberal arts college.

Combining a top-quality major university in Ohio with a hometown college in the community, Kent State Stark serves the region as the only public university in Stark County, providing access to academic, economic and cultural advancement through excellence in teaching and learning. Small class sizes, affordable tuition and one-on-one advising are just a few reasons why 5,000 students attend Kent State Stark. Visiting international students and scholars enrich the Stark Campus academic community by enhancing the diverse environment through different experiences, cultures and traditions.

Kent State University at Stark is nestled on a beautiful, 200-acre park-like campus in Jackson Township. The safe, suburban area is is ideally located, with a nearby airport and access to interstate highways. There is an abundance of shopping centers, restaurants, theaters and other attractions near the campus, including the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Downtown Cleveland is less than an hour away and offers endless possibilities for culture and entertainment. 

Jackson Township is located in the area of the United States known as the Midwest, in the U.S. state of Ohio. The area experiences spring, summer, fall and winter.

Average high temperatures in Jackson Township:
January: 1°C          July: 29°C
March: 9°C            September: 23°C

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International Student and Scholar Amenities

Visiting students and scholars have access to the world-class library system, distinguished faculty, small class sizes, and individualized support as they integrate academically, socially and physically. While studying and living in North Canton, international students and scholars also have access to the services of the Office of Global Education at the Kent Campus, located about 30 miles (48 km) from the Stark Campus.


Kent State Stark ESL Curriculum

These courses are offered as part of the ESL Program at Kent State Stark (subject to change).

  • ENG 12095: Special Topics in ESL (1-2 hours)
  • ENG 12507: ESL Debate (1 hour)
  • ENG 12508: ESL Public Speaking (1 hour)
  • ENG 12605: ESL American Culture (2 hours)
  • ENG 12606: ESL American Culture II (2 hours)
  • ENG 12707: ESL Business English (2 hours)
  • ENG 12708: ESL Business English II (2 hours)

Student Housing

The Staybridge Suites, located 1.5 miles (2.4 km) from campus, boasts beautifully finished apartment style suites, equipped with full kitchens, living area, two bedrooms, and two bathrooms. Students will enjoy amenities such as:

  • Free wireless Internet
  • Free laundry service (on-site laundry facility also available)
  • 10 meals per week (breakfast daily, dinner 3 days per week)
  • Weekly housekeeping service
  • Maintenance and support services 24/7
  • Meeting spaces
  • Fitness center
  • 24 hour Business Center (Business Center amenities include workspaces, free computer access, printing and office supplies)
  • Indoor pool
  • Access to Earth Fare Market

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Transportation

Staybridge Suites is conveniently located on a local transit route. Students will be provided a monthly bus pass. The Stark Area Regional Transit Authority (SARTA) provides reliable transportation to local shopping, restaurants and entertainment, in addition to long-distance routes to destinations such as Kent, Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. 


Cost

Tuition is charged per credit hour at a rate of $258. Room and board rates are based on 2 bedroom/2 bath apartments at double occupancy with 10 meals per week provided by Staybridge Suites. The international student fee covers the cost of transportation, administrative fees, excursions and activities.  

ESL PROGRAM COSTS*
Tuition $ 2,850
Room & Board $ 3,200
International Student Fee $ 50 per credit hour
Books & Supplies $ 250
Medical Insurance $ 862
Estimated Additional Expenses** $ 1,250
TOTAL $ 9,200

* All costs subject to change.
** Additional expenses may include additional meals and entertainment. Cost is an estimate and will vary based on each student's lifestyle preferences.