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English for Foreign Students

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The English for Foreign Students (EFS) Program in the Stanford Language Center offers courses to international graduate students in English as a second language (ESL), as well as training courses for prospective ESL teachers through the Linguistics Department.

During the academic year (September-June) participation in ESL classes is strictly limited to matriculated Stanford students taking the courses for credit, with courses aimed specifically toward improving English language proficiency for graduate study and professional development. We regret that we cannot accommodate outside students, and auditing is not allowed. There is only one exception to this rule: By special arrangement, international Knight Fellows and affiliates may take EFS courses after meeting with and receiving clearance from the EFS Director provided there is available space. Stanford undergraduates may take certain of our courses for credit with permission: contact efs@stanford.edu to make the request.

In July and August, EFS offers a variety of ESL courses for summer visitors, incoming graduate students, and visiting scholars in addition to continuing graduate students.  Read about EFS Summer Programs in the Stanford Report.