ESL - Frequently Asks Questions
What ESL classes do you offer?
When do your classes start/ end?
How can I register?
How long are your classes?
Most of the classes meet 2 times a week for 2 hours (=4 hours total/week). Some of
the classes meet once a week for 4 hours (=4 hours/week).
How much do your classes cost?
Can I get financial aid?
You may refer to OCC's Financial Aid
page. (Does not apply to F-1 students).
Where are classes held?
Classes are held at the Auburn Hills, Orchard Ridge, and Royal Oak OCC campuses.
Do I need to take the TOEFL test?
For students applying at OCC
, no. After you apply you will take the MTELP test. This test will determine which
ESL class you need to take. However, if you already have a TOEFL score of 550+ on
the paper test, 213 and TWE 5.5 (on the computer-based test) or 79-80 on the iBT with
a minimum of 24 in writing, then you don't need to take ESL classes. However, if you
already have an ACT score of 38+ with a minimum of 18 on each section – Reading and
English, then you don't need to take ESL classes.
A: For students applying from outside the US
, yes. Please view requirements
How can I practice speaking English?
If you become an ESL student at OCC, you can attend the Coffee, Culture, and Conversation
group (at participating campuses) or talk with a tutor.
How can I practice my pronunciation?
If you become an ESL student at OCC, you can use the computer program in our Academic Support Centers
or practice with a tutor.
How can I practice reading/ writing/ vocabulary?
If you become an ESL student at OCC, you can use the computer program in our Academic
Support Centers or practice with a tutor.
What do current and former students think about your program?
"As a foreign student, I was required to take ESL. I was happy with the classes and
most impressed with the instructors. My writing, reading and speaking styles improved
quickly, but the classes not only changed my English skills - they changed my whole
lifestyle. I learned how to become a good citizen and made friendships. It helped
me in other areas of my life including inter-relationships, professional career, social
skills, critical thinking, and problem solving. I earned an associate degree in computer
information systems and am working in my field. I recommend OCC to anyone who wants
to grow professionally or personally."
- Galagama De silva
Is there free parking?
Yes. There is free and safe parking.
Is there childcare during classes?
What if I just want to take a class for fun and not for college credit?
For non-F1 students
, please refer to the OCC Course and Grading Policies
for information about auditing classes.For F1 students
, F1 students must study full-time, without the possibility of auditing.
I am not in the United States. How can I come and study at OCC?