English Language Instruction at ACC

Austin Community College is a learning center for English language instruction for non-native speakers. We offer a comprehensive, multi-level program to help you master English and advance your college, career, or personal goals.

ESOL classes

ACC’s English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program provides:

  • Small, interactive classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students
  • Friendly, knowledgeable instructors who are specially trained in ESOL instruction
  • Flexible registration options through Continuing Education or college credit

Adult Education classes

In addition to the tuition-based ESOL Program, our Adult Education Division provides free basic English classes around Travis County.

International students

ACC does not issue the Form I-20 (for the F-1 visa) for intensive English language study.

Find the right program for your needs

Use the chart below to identify the best program and registration method for you.

English Language Instruction Choices at ACC
Program & Registration TypeESOL Program
ACC Credit Enrollment & Registration
ESOL Program
Noncredit (Continuing Education) Registration
Adult Education
English as a Second Language (ESL)
Student Intent If you want to earn college credit and take other credit classes that count toward a college degree If you want to improve their English but do not plan to take other credit classes immediately A first step to acquire basic English for practical life skills
Admission Requirements
  • Complete ESOL assessment and score at least: 40+ ESOL reading, 35+ ESOL writing and speaking
  • Register through Continuing Education
Cost Free, if you’re admitted
Other considerations
  • Residency information, high school diploma/GED, and transcripts NOT required
  • CE students register after credit students
  • Registration at the Highland Business Center
  • Not eligible for financial aid or scholarships
  • Grades don't appear on college transcript
  • A good start for those who speak no English
  • Classes held around Travis County
  • Enrollment is limited
  • You are referred to ESOL Program if you surpass maximum score on Adult Education assessment