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English for Foreign Students

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The English for Foreign Students (EFS) Program in the Stanford Language Center offers courses to international graduate students in English as a second language (ESL), as well as training courses for prospective ESL teachers through the Linguistics Department.

Can I study English as a second/foreign language at Stanford?

During the academic year (September-June) participation in ESL classes is strictly limited to matriculated Stanford students taking the courses for credit, with courses aimed specifically toward improving English language proficiency for graduate study and professional development. Stanford undergraduates may take certain of our courses for credit with permission: contact to make the request.

If I am not a current Stanford student, how can I study English at Stanford?

During Fall, Winter, and Spring quarters (September - June), we regret that we cannot accommodate outside students, and auditing is not allowed. Refer to EFS policies for full details.

However, in July and August, EFS offers a variety of ESL courses for summer visitors, incoming graduate students, and visiting scholars in addition to continuing graduate students.  More information is available here: EFS Summer Programs.