English Immersion Program

The English Immersion 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 U.S. culture and customs will find this program beneficial. The 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.


As we embrace so many different cultural backgrounds, we are dedicated to providing students with events, resources and a community where they can connect with and further embrace their identities.


Kent State University at Stark helps 7,000 students enrolled year-round find their passion and develop a sense of purpose. As Kent State’s largest regional campus, students receive an affordable, university education on a beautiful 200-acre campus with a private college feel. Our student-faculty ratio of 21:1 means Kent State Stark’s 450 faculty and staff are dedicated to encouraging students to achieve their personal and academic goals. Students have the opportunity to begin coursework in more than 340 Kent State undergraduate programs of study or choose from over 25 bachelor’s, master’s, associate and online degrees that can be completed entirely at the Stark Campus. Stark County’s only public university, Kent State Stark was founded in 1946 and continues today improving the quality of life for this region.

Kent State University at Stark is located 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



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.


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

  • Business English
  • English for Healthcare
  • English for Computer Science (coming Fall 2021)
  • English for International Relations (coming Fall 2022)
  • English for Environmental Science (coming Fall 2023)


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
  • Fitness center
  • Indoor pool

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Staybridge Suites Front View

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Room kitchen


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. 


Room and board rates are based on a 2 bedroom/2 bath apartment at double occupancy with a furnished kitchen and 10 meals per week provided by Staybridge Suites. The international student fee covers the cost of transportation, administrative fees, excursions and activities.  


Tuition $ 3,200
Room & Board $ 3,500
International Student Fee $ 50 per credit hour
Medical Insurance $ 950
TOTAL $ 8,450

* 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.