Language Institute ... FAQ

Columbus State Skill Development Center Language FAQs

  1. What is the cost of the classes?
    • Most classes cost $160 each. The Introduction to Computers and Computer skills classes costs $45.

  2. How long does a course last?
    • Most courses are 8 weeks long.

  3. What classes are available this coming term?
    • Click here to view the courses available for registration for the upcoming term.

  4. Who can take Basic English classes?
    • Anyone who wants to improve his or her English is welcome to take classes!

  5. What’s the difference between Basic English and the credit ESL courses at Columbus State?
    • The Basic English classes are noncredit, which means they do not provide college credit. Also, the credit ESL courses are at a higher level than the Basic English courses.

  6. I live in another country. Can I get a student visa to come to the U.S. to take Basic English?
    • Student visas (F-1 visas) are available only for credit coursework. For more information about International Student Admissions, go to: International Student Admissions.

  7. Can I use federal financial aid for Basic English classes?
    • Federal financial aid can be used only for credit courses.

  8. I don’t have a job. Is there any way to take the courses for free or at a lower cost?
    • Sometimes we have special programs that allow eligible students to take classes for a reduced cost or for free. Contact the Non-Credit Registration Office (614/287-5858 by phone or by e-mail) to ask about any available opportunities

  9. In which Basic English class should I start?
    • The first step is to take a placement test. Click on the “Testing” link on the left for information about testing schedules and costs

  10. How do I register for the Basic English Placement Test?
    • Contact the Non-Credit Registration Office at 614-287-5858 by phone or by e-mail for test dates. You may also come in person to 315 Cleveland Avenue, Room 1090, during normal business hours

  11. Where are the classes held?
    • Currently, all open-enrollment non-credit classes in Basic English and Basic Languages are held at the Columbus Campus or the Delaware Campus of Columbus State Community College.