International ESL Student Requirements

Kent State’s ESL Center offers several programs that provide intensive English language instruction to international students who want to improve their English for academic or professional purposes. The ESL Center’s goal is to help students learn to communicate and study effectively in English and to gain a greater understanding of United States culture. The ESL Center is committed to academic excellence through flexibility in program design. All courses are available at various proficiency levels to ensure that students receive the best English training possible.


Please follow the instructions below in order to start your ESL application:

  • After creating your username and PIN, start a new application and choose Undergraduate application type.

  • Enter your Personal Background information.

  • In the Initial Questions Undergraduate section, enter these responses to the following questions:

    • No to “I am in high school and will graduate this year”.

    • No to “I graduated from high school or passed a high school equivalency test AND HAVE NEVER taken college courses after graduating”.

    • I want to take courses as a Guest, Visiting, ESL, or Certificate student to “Ok, please select from one of the following application options”.

    • I am interested in enrolling in an English as a Second Language (ESL) program to “Kent State has many non-degree options for students. Please select the most appropriate option below”.

  • By answering the initial questions this way, you will be able to choose the English as a Second Language student type and continue with the ESL application.


Click to view an image of the steps to complete the ESL application.