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English Now! - Intensive ESOL Program

Sinclair Community College’s Intensive English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program, English Now!, is designed to help students whose first language is not English. The program serves the local immigrant population as well as international students with F-1 visas. F-1 visa students must enroll through the English Now! Intensive ESOL Program.

English Now!

Our intensive ESOL program focuses on the skill areas of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Listening
  • Grammar

You will be in class for 21 hours a week.

  • 12 hours of lecture classes
  • 9 hours of lab instruction  (3 hours in-person and 6 hours of hybrid lab work) 

We provide three levels of English instruction:

  • High beginner  (CEFR Levels A1-A2)
  • Intermediate  (CEFR Level B1)
  • High intermediate/advanced  (CEFR Levels B1-B2) 

When you arrive you will be tested for placement in the appropriate level. 

For more information on CEFR Levels visit:


The cost of the classes relates to the number of credits assigned to each. For example, the current rate for F-1 visa students is $349.40 per credit. F-1 visa students in the English Now! program must take 15 credits per semester. Therefore, the current cost per semester is 15 x $349.40 = $5,241. Note that this amount does not include initial semester fees, the cost of books and living expenses.

How to Apply to the English Now! Intensive ESOL Program

Applying to Sinclair’s English Now! Intensive ESOL Program is easy. Please read carefully and follow these steps to apply:

Application deadline schedules for the intensive ESOL program based on semester
Semester Deadline to Apply
Summer 2024 (starts May 13, 2024) March 8, 2024
Fall 2024 (starts August 26, 2024) June 28, 2024
Spring 2025 (starts January 13, 2025) November 10, 2024

Step 1: Application for Admission

Complete the 'F-1 International Students' application at

The documents in the following steps need to be uploaded to your application profile before you are considered for admission.

Step 2: Official Transcripts

Successful completion of a secondary/high school program is required for admission. Please upload copies of the following:

  • Original transcript (record of courses/subjects and grades), and
  • Verification of graduation, such as a certificate or diploma.

If these documents are not in English, please attach certified English translations. Please note that the high school or secondary education documentation is still required even if you have college or university work.

Step 3: Passport

Please upload a copy of your passport photo/information page.

Step 4: Financial Documentation

In order to issue an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility), Sinclair Community College is required by the U.S. government to verify that students have the financial resources to cover the costs of their program of study. Therefore, you are required to submit a copy of either a letter or statement from a bank that demonstrates a minimum of $20,000 is available to cover the costs for one academic year. Please note that this is only an estimate of costs (including tuition and fees, books, and living expenses) for an academic year and individual expenses may vary.

The bank letter or bank statement must meet the following requirements:

  • Be current and no older than six months at the time of the submission of your application.
  • Be on bank letterhead.
  • Include the account holder's name.
  • Indicate the type of account (checking, savings, etc.).
  • Indicate the currency of the funds.
  • Be signed by an official of the bank (and stamped with the bank's seal, if available) - for bank letters only.
  • Be written in English or have a certified English translation attached - for bank letters only.

Sponsors: Financial documentation from a sponsor is acceptable. The sponsor must agree to financially supporting the student as part of the online application.

Dependents (spouse and children only): If you plan to travel to the U.S. with dependents, you will have to demonstrate that an additional $5,000 is available to support each dependent. You also must upload copies of their passports to your application profile.

Important: Although you only need to submit copies of your original documents to Sinclair, please retain your original documents because you will need them for your visa appointment at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. In some cases, Customs and Border Protection officials may also request them at the port of entry when you arrive in the U.S.

Paper Application: A paper version of this application is available, if needed. Please email the Office of International Education at, if you would prefer this method.