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Full Semester Program



The Institute’s Full Semester program runs for 14 weeks and includes 12 credits of coursework designed to grow your language ability.  The core curriculum consists of one course in American Studies, providing an interdisciplinary focus on American culture along with language development, one integrated-skills English language course, and additional coursework in language or a discipline/field of study as deemed appropriate based on language level of the student.

Courses offered through the Institute follow a communicative approach to language learning, integrating language skills with academic content that allow for practice and performance in a university setting.

“Through the ESL classes at TCNJ, I gained more confidence and vocabulary to be able to speak more fluently. The course helped me a lot. Talking to people in English became much easier and also prepared me to start my studies in engineering.”

~ Lucas Jose Marini , Brazil


Course of Study

Academically qualified students who wish to study at TCNJ will take 12 credits of language coursework designed to advance English skills.

All students will gain skill in speaking, reading, writing, and listening that will be invaluable to their success in their American academic careers and receive individualized feedback on their language abilities as they exit the program to continue their studies.

If you have questions about our courses, please contact us by email.


Tuition for the Full Semester programs in Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 is $5412* USD. Enrolled students will be given on-campus housing on a space-available basis.  For full explanation of tuition & fees, please see chart.

Semester ESLAS Tuition(14 weeks= 12 credits) USD $5,412.00
 Language Testing & Activity Fees USD $465.00
Housing & Food per Semester (approximate) USD $6,715.00
TOTAL USD $12,592.00


Books, health insurance, and SEVIS fees will be in addition to the above outlined tuition & fees.

While TCNJ does not offer scholarships, grants, or other aid for this program at this time, resources for international students seeking funding for their US-based education–including ESL and Intensive English Programs–can be found here.

*This fee will be reviewed by the Board each year at the start of the fiscal year in July and may be adjusted.

Dates for Fall 2018 & Spring 2019

Fall 2018 Schedule

August 22 – Students arrive on campus.

August 23-24 – Orientation Programming.

During Orientation Programming – Language Assessment Testing to finalize ESL placement.

August 28 – Classes begin for Fall Semester.

October 8 – 23 – Midterm progress evaluations and meetings with Institute Faculty.

December 7 – Last day of Fall Semester classes.

December 11 -14 – Final examinations for Institute courses and final language level assessments.

Spring 2019 Schedule

Week of January 21 – Students will arrive on campus the week before classes begin.  The exact arrival date will be updated closer to the semester start date.

To be determined – Orientation Programming.

During Orientation Programming – Language Assessment Testing to finalize ESL placement.

January 28 – Classes begin for Spring Semester.

March 11- 28 – Midterm progress evaluations and meetings with Institute Faculty.

May 10 – Last day of Spring Semester classes.

May 14-17 – Final examinations for Institute courses and final language level assessments.



Students intending to pursue higher education in the US and who have completed at least a high school program of study are eligible to attend.  Institute students vary in age and English language proficiency and will be attending a variety of educational institutions after completing our program.  Students not coming to TCNJ through established partners or International Admissions will need to complete a program application.

After a student has been accepted into the program, the College will review the student’s documentation of financial support and issue the I-20 document required for the US visa application.  Students will need to show proof for $29,300 USD or more in order to qualify for an I-20 document in support of a 12-month study visa for language training. It is the responsibility of the student to obtain an appropriate visa through the nearest United States consulate or embassy.  For more information, visit the online resources for students seeking ESL study provided by International Student Services in the Center for Global Engagement.


Thank you for your interest in our program.  The Center for American Language & Culture is not accepting applications at this time.

The application for Fall 2018 is closed. 

Our priority deadline for Fall 2018 was MAY 1ST.  

  • What does priority deadline mean? This is the deadline whereby we can guarantee you a spot in our courses and in our on campus housing. So, apply by the priority deadline and reserve your seat early!