English as a Second Language (ESL)

Fall Intake will begin on August 1st at 9am. All new, returning, and transfer students will need to complete the Intake Form at that time.

Bellevue College provides English language classes to students with a college or career goal. Students learn reading, writing, speaking and listening skills to develop communication skills for education and work. Classes are in-person and online.

  • Immigrants, refugees or U.S. Citizens over 18 years of age whose first language is not English.
  • We do not serve tourists or people with Foreign Student Visas ( J-1, F-1, M-1, B-1 or B-2). International students should check the English Language Institute: ELI Website

Tuition is  $25 per quarter for the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.

  • Please pay online with card through the self-service portal on Ctclink. Instructions are online for making a payment.
  • Or you can pay by phone 425-564-2309 with a card over the phone at your convenience. We are available Monday through Thursday from 8:00am to 4:00pm.

Tuition Waivers

Help with payments is available with a: Quest card, unemployed, DSHS, SSI, WIC, HUD, Free or reduced lunch, or have a letter from a community organization. Please complete the tuition waiver form.

  • Tuition waivers are required for each quarter you are enrolled.
  • Tuition waivers require your ctcLink ID and should be completed in the first four weeks of the quarter.
  • Tuition Waivers are processed by the enrollment office and take 1-2 weeks to process. Please visit the Student Central website to request help with your waiver status.

Workforce Education

If you’re receiving Basic Food or cash assistance from DSHS, Workforce Education may be able to help pay for textbooks, childcare, and transportation – apply online to see if you qualify.

View our class schedule online. Choose the Term and change the Academic Organization to ESL.

Our ESL classes can only be accessed with a permission code. This is given to you at the time of registration. Your permission code is a one time use and it works only for the class you have been assigned.

The ESL program offers day and evening courses. You choose the time and we choose the days, based on your level. View your schedule, start your class, and email your instructor on CANVAS once you are registered.

Our classes are hybrid. They take place on-campus and on Zoom every week.

How to Apply

Please note that Bellevue College cannot guarantee a seat in an ESL class. Registration is on a space available basis for new and returning students and depends on the level of the student after the placement test.

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Step 1: Intake Form

All new and returning students must complete the student Intake Form.

The Intake Form opens on August 1st at 9:00am for Fall 2023.

Complete the Intake Form

If classes are full, the Intake Form will remain open but you will be added to a wait list.

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Step 2: Placement Test

You will automatically be redirected to schedule a placement test.

If there are no more testing appointments available, we are full for the quarter. If we open more dates, we will email students on the wait list who have submitted an Intake Form.

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Step 3: Enroll in Orientation

Once you finish your placement test, we will have your results immediately. If there is space available in the level you need, we will register you in a one week orientation before the start of the quarter.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Classes BeginApril 4th, 2023
Intake Form OpensMarch 1
Intake Form ClosesMarch 28
Classes BeginSept 18th, 2022
Intake Form OpensAugust 1st at 9am

Testing – CASAS Assessment

All English as a Second Language (ESL) students are required to complete the CASAS Assessment (test). Students will be directed to schedule the placement test after completing the Intake Form.

Taking a placement test does not guarantee a seat in the class. Registration is on a space available basis.

Contact Us

Email us at eslbats@bellevuecollege.edu
Visit our offices in R130 Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

3000 Landerholm Circle SE
Bellevue, WA 98007

Last Updated June 2, 2023