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Certificate in Academic English for speakers of English as an additional language



The Academic English Certificate for Speakers of English as an Additional Language is a college-credit, stand-alone Certificate.

Anyone can sign up for classes, regardless of your location.

This Certificate is designed to assist students in developing advanced level proficiencies in academic and profession registers. In addition to receiving recognition (and university course credit), the Certificate also serves as further evidence of your academic and professional English skills for future employers or educational institutions.

Our Certificate is comprised of 15 credits (5 courses – see descriptions in links below). Multiple courses are offered each semester so the Certificate can easily be completed in one year. However, students can take longer than a year or simply take individual courses without committing to the entire Certificate.

All of our courses are taught by faculty in the ESL Program, housed within the Department of Literatures, Languages, and Cultures, and are academically advanced, outcomes-based language courses where you will engage in meaningful tasks with authentic, upper intermediate/lower advanced materials (CEFR proficiency scale).

Current UMass Amherst students can take classes on campus by signing up through SPIRE, while new students can take online classes by signing up through UWW (University Without Walls). Students take the same classes for the same college credit and Certificate regardless of whether the courses are taken face to face or online; this means there is no difference in course quality, college credit, or your transcript.

For new UWW students, this is a Certificate program and not a full degree program, which means we can NOT issue a student visa to complete the program on campus. 

To learn more about the Certificate and enroll in the Certificate Program, click the appropriate link below:

New UWW Students (online courses)

Current UMass Amherst students (on campus courses)