Language Institute ... FAQ

Columbus State Skill Development Center Language FAQs

  1. How do I register for a class?
  2. What is the cost of the classes?
    • Most classes cost $160 each. The Introduction to Computers and Computer skills classes costs $45.

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

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

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

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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 to register and pay in person

  12. 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.

I’m ready to register. Where do I go from here?
  • Click here to register for your classes. Welcome to Columbus State!