UNC Wilmington


University of North Carolina Wilmington ESL—Community and Excellence

With class sizes averaging 8 to10 students, the ESL program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW) offers an excellent intensive English program, cradled in one of America’s oldest towns on the Carolina coast.

Preparing Students for American University Classrooms

There is no chance of getting lost in the crowd at UNCW’s ESL program. Individual attention and programmatic connection is a high priority, both in classroom learning and in cultural and skill-based preparation for future academic success. The intensive English program involves four classes each day, with language instruction and test preparation both emphasised. Educational goals are discussed, and program staff members go above and beyond in offering counselling and admissions advising.

Students are housed in campus dorms or nearby apartments, putting them in the hub of the university, or they may also choose a home-stay with a local family. Students are encouraged to attend office hours and to connect with their professors to maximize their campus and community success.

English for Specific Purposes Program

Groups from around the world choose Wilmington for four-week programs, focusing on a specific type of language preparation, such as business or medical English.

Summer Camps

Youth summer camps bring high school groups for two-week programs. The current group of 15-year-old Argentinian students spends each morning in English classes before heading out for activities in the afternoon.

Exploring Wilmington

Classes are scheduled Tuesday through Friday, leaving the extra days for program activities in historic Wilmington. This quintessential, mid-sized, American town offers a friendly and comfortable place to live away from the bustle of major cities. Located in a picturesque setting between a river and the ocean, the beach is a major destination.

Program-sponsored trips include excursions to the aquarium, museums, natural places, sporting events, and performing arts theatres. The town is also home to the largest television and movie studio outside of California and is nicknamed “Hollywood East.”

Beyond the local community attractions, students also benefit from the campus itself – with excellent programs in business and education, not to mention the renowned Marine Biology program which includes the National Undersea Research Center.

Fostering Connections

The program not only pairs language students with UNCW undergraduate conversation partners on campus, it also has a host-family program to foster community connections. Host families are particularly popular with younger students who live in the dorms but also want the experience of having an “American family” to help with cultural adjustments and to look after simple comforts like a shopping trip or a meal.

Simply put, connections make the difference at UNCW.

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