International student learning English online


The Center for English as a Second Language is happy to announce that we will be returning to in-person classes in the near future! We will continue offering online classes, dependent on student demand.

By enrolling in any of our CESL classes, you will have access to live, instantaneous feedback on all your English language questions by certified ESL professionals with master's degrees or higher in the field. The course content, homework, feedback and instruction are the same in both our in-person and online classes. Successfully completing CESL's OU Track in either modality will enable academically admissible candidates to enroll in the University of Oklahoma!

Application deadlines for online classes are flexible, but for in-person classes, you must apply by the deadline to have enough time to obtain your F-1 visa.


Our traditional, in-person classes meet 20 hours per week, from 9-3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Our synchronous, online classes follow the same schedule and curriculum as our in person classes.

The three-hour Core Course at CEFR levels A1-B2 covers the integrated skills of Listening/Speaking, Reading and Grammar/Writing. Classes are held 9:00-11:50 a.m. CDT, Monday-Thursday.

Our two-hour seminar classes focus on test preparation (IELTS and TOEFL iBT) and special topics from 1:00-2:50 p.m. CDT, Monday-Thursday.


Apply for Fall 2020 Online or Spring 2021 Online or In-Person 

Admission to the University of Oklahoma is NOT required to enroll with CESL. We look forward to meeting you in class!

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Spring ISession start January 25, 2021
 Application deadlineDecember 21, 2020
 Last day of classMarch 11, 2021
Spring IISession start March 22, 2021
 Application deadlineFebruary 15, 2021
 Last day of classMay 6, 2021
Summer ISession start May 13, 2021
 Application deadlineApril 8, 2021
 Last day of classJune 24, 2021
Summer IISession start July 1, 2021
 Application deadlineMay 28, 2021
 Last day of classAugust 12, 2021
Fall ISession start August 23, 2021
 Application deadlineJuly 19, 2021
 Last day of classOctober 7, 2021
Fall IISession start October 18, 2021
 Application deadlineSeptember 13, 2021
 Last day of classDecember 2, 2021



The English Language Program at OU:

  • Is taught by certified master's degree holders in Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Delivers up to 20 hours a week of personalized instruction
  • Meets the language proficiency requirement set by the University of Oklahoma
  • Enables academically admissible students to enter OU after successful completion of advanced courses


Our admissions staff are currently working remotely. You can contact us at (405) 325-2351 or by email at Please let us know how we can help you or if you have any questions. We have a dedicated team ready to help you make program decisions and support you along the way.

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Academic English Program

Academic English

This program is designed for those wishing to become an OU student.

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General English program

General English

Improve general use and aspects of the English language.

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Intensive Test Preparation

Intensive Test Preparation

Prepare to succeed in the TOEFL and IELTS exams.

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Workplace English

Workplace English

We will work with you to create a customized program that meets your organization's needs.

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AddressOffice HoursContact Information
Boomer Outreach Building
300 Kellogg Dr. Suite 109
Norman, OK 73072
Monday - Friday
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Central U.S. Time)
Main Line:  (405) 325-2351
Fax: (405) 325-7038



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