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English as a Second Language (ESL) at Rice University in Houston, Texas

The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Rice University offers non-native speakers of English the opportunity to improve their language skills. ESL students enjoy small class sizes and a personalized approach to learning. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus in Houston, Texas!

Intensive English Program

This challenging English as a Second Language program is useful to working professionals and to students preparing for university study or professional programs. Students from more than 40 countries have attended the ESL program at Rice, located in Houston, Texas.

The Intensive English Program offers six sessions yearly. Each session lasts seven weeks. In one year, ESL students should be able to progress through the six-level core program. Classes meet four hours daily, five days per week.

The course of study is based on an integrated skills approach with listening, speaking, reading, writing and grammar components. Fluency and accuracy in both spoken and written English are emphasized. Classes average ten students. The small class size allows each participant a maximum amount of individual attention and an opportunity to develop strong conversational skills.

Intensive English Program Tuition and Fees: All new students pay $1,480 for their first session: $1,420 tuition plus the $60 non-refundable testing and registration fee. A deposit of $500 must accompany the application. The balance of tuition must be paid no later than the first day of class. Discounts and a limited number of partial scholarships are available for re-enrolling students.

Student Activities: The Rice University Intensive English Program realizes you need a healthy balance between studying and having fun. Our students enjoy getting together after class to participate in program-sponsored social activities, such as the Karaoke party, the picnic at Hermann Park, or the barbecue luncheon with a real Texas cowboy. On the weekend or during your break between sessions, you may want to take a day trip to the exciting attractions that are within a short drive from Houston.

Interested? Select your preferences, and complete the form for more info.

ESL Communication Skills Program

Rice University offers these classes for those who wish to improve their everyday English communication skills or enhance their command of English for professional purposes. These classes are non-credit and are designed for those who do not wish to enroll in a full course of study. Those wishing to study in an I-20 granting program should consult the Intensive English Program.

Advanced Level Classes

Special-topic courses such as TOEFL preparation, pronunciation, business or academic writing, conversation and American social customs, and oral presentation skills are offered in selected sessions.

Special Programs

Individually designed courses in intensive English for special professional or corporate needs are available either on site or on the Rice University campus. In consultation with the client, the program's professional staff will design a course of study that integrates English language development, cross-cultural orientation, and business- or profession-specific content. The course schedule and fees will vary according to the client's needs.

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English as a Second Language (ESL) at Rice University in Houston, Texas

Rice University is a private, coeducational institution known for its academic excellence and the achievements of its faculty, graduates and students. One of every three Rice students is a National Merit Scholar. This figure represents one of the highest percentages in the United States. Rice offers outstanding programs in engineering, science, managerial studies, the humanities and the arts.

Facilities of the university available to students in the Intensive English Program include the library, gymnasium and language laboratory. Most activities are available, including sports, exhibitions, concerts, films and lectures.

Houston has a metropolitan population of more than three million. The city boasts an international airport, museums, operas, festivals, theaters, concerts, professional sporting events, outstanding restaurants, one of the world's foremost medical centers, the NASA Johnson Space Center, and many other attractions, including the annual Houston International Festival and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Large retail centers such as the Galleria make Houston a favorite shopping destination for visitors from all over the world. Galveston's beaches, less than an hour away, afford many recreational opportunities.

We look forward to welcoming you to the English as a Second Language Program at Rice University in Houston, Texas. To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we'll respond to you directly. You may also visit our website directly.