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With locations on three continents and students from more than 100 countries, SCAD offers an intensive and engaging art- and design-focused English as a Second Language (ESL) program through the SCAD Language Studio (SLS).
The SLS improves English language proficiency through immediate immersion into the SCAD community. In keeping with its name, the SCAD Language Studio provides an authentic studio experience through language-instructive meetings, cooperative and engaging fieldwork, and a blended-learning approach to language acquisition specific to university life. Students are exposed to extended-learning opportunities beyond the classroom, with chances to observe for-credit classes, explore innovative digital-learning environments and attend lectures or exhibitions. Individual tutoring, based on instructor feedback and test scores, focuses on speaking, reading, writing and listening skills. SLS students may sign up for tutoring at no additional cost.
Throughout ESL coursework, students work closely with professors who have experience teaching students from across the globe. SCAD professors hold advanced degrees in ESL education and instruction, applied linguistics, foreign language education and other related fields.
While formal SLS classes help prepare students for degree-granting coursework, the classes do not carry credit toward a degree program. Students who receive enrollment waivers may still enroll in SLS coursework or tutoring to further their language skills or cultural transitions. For information on the cost of SCAD Language Studio courses, visit the fees page. For information about enrollment waivers in the SCAD Language Studio, visit the assessment page.