Part-Time English Programs

CELOP offers part-time, non-credit, English programs for internationals living in the Boston community. We offer a variety of classes at different levels in the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Whether you want to improve your English for your job, raise your TOEFL score, or just communicate more easily with your English-speaking friends and neighbors, CELOP has a course to help you meet your goals.

Students at all levels, from elementary to advanced, can find a program to fit their needs. We offer classes that help you practice English in real life situations, understand American culture, learn English expressions and idioms, improve your speaking and writing skills, and an internet-based TOEFL class.

Part-Time Programs

We offer 12-week part-time programs in the fall, spring, and summer semesters:

  • Part-Time 5 (EN081) = 5 hours per week

  • Part-Time 10 (EN082) = 10 hours per week

  • Part-Time 15 (EN083) = 15 hours per week


Part-Time 5 and Part-Time 10 Programs

In the Part-Time 5 program, you can take one class from the list of class options below. Students in the Part-Time 10 program can take two classes.
All classes meet Monday through Thursday in the afternoon.

Click each class for a detailed description:

Active English Class

  • Active English (Elementary) Improve your speaking and listening, and develop your vocabulary in this project-based class. You will learn actively with other students when you do presentations about your country and culture, take field trips, practice using English in real life situations, and learn about American culture and customs through holiday-based projects and other interesting activities.

Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary

  • Listening, Speaking, Vocabulary (Intermediate to Advanced) Do you want to be able to use English comfortably and with confidence in academic, business or social settings? In this class you will improve your English communication skills by listening to recorded materials from sources that may include radio, television, websites, and video. Speaking activities will allow you to practice communicating your thoughts fluently and more accurately. You will also increase your knowledge of English vocabulary, including slang and idiomatic expressions, so that you can better understand Americans and American culture. At the intermediate level, vocabulary will focus on common and essential everyday English words and expressions. At the advanced level, vocabulary will focus on academic, professional and cultural words and expressions.

Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary

  • Reading, Speaking, Vocabulary (Intermediate to Advanced) In this class you will improve your English communication skills through readings and discussions from a variety of sources that may include books, magazines, websites and newspapers. The readings will expand your vocabulary as well as stimulate discussion. You will develop the skills you need to improve your overall reading comprehension. The speaking part of the class will provide you with many opportunities to practice speaking in English. You will also learn a variety of methods including logical clues to understand unfamiliar vocabulary. At the intermediate level, vocabulary will focus on common and essential everyday English words and expressions. At the advanced level, vocabulary will focus on academic, professional and cultural words and expressions. This class will prepare you to feel more confident in academic, business and social settings.

Academic Writing

  • Academic Writing (Intermediate to Advanced) This course will help you improve your writing skills by teaching you the elements of clear, coherent, grammatically correct English writing. You will review organizational techniques for developing and presenting your ideas, learn how to combine sentences effectively, paraphrase without plagiarizing, and attribute material from other sources. You will also work on the overall writing process, learning to edit and revise your writing so that the final draft is a sophisticated and accurate product.

iBT Preparation

  • iBT Preparation (High Intermediate to Advanced) This course is designed for students preparing to take the new internet-based TOEFL examination (iBT) for university admission. You will work on improving test-taking skills to help increase your scores. You will prepare for all four sections of the examination: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. A small amount of attention may be given to the paper-based TOEFL. You will do preparatory exercises and sample tests. This is an intensive exam-preparation course and students are required to do regular homework assignments.


Part-Time 15 Program

In the Part-Time 15 program, you can take a class in one of four concentrations (or areas of focus) depending on your level. Classes offer integrated instruction in all four language skills: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

Click here to read about our concentrations.


Class Schedule

Total Hours Per Week
Part-Time 5(EN081) Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday 1:30pm – 4pm 5 hours per week
Part-Time 10(EN082) Monday – Thursday 1:30pm – 4pm 10 hours per week
Part-Time 15
Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm 15 hours per week
  • Part-Time 5 (EN081) = meets twice per week, either Monday and Wednesday OR Tuesday and Thursday (5 hours/week)
  • Part-Time 10 (EN082) = meets four times per week, Monday – Thursday (10 hours/week)
  • Part-Time 15 (EN083) = meets five times per week, Monday – Friday (15 hours/week)


Program Dates and Fees

Click here for program dates and fees.


  • At CELOP, students are expected to attend all classes and be on time. Your teacher will take attendance at the beginning of every class.

Payment and Tuition Refunds

  • All tuition and fees must be paid in full before the first day of class.
  • You are eligible for a 100% tuition refund if you officially withdraw by Friday of the first week of class.
  • If, after attending one class, you decide it is not appropriate for your needs, you may request a change to another course in the same semester. No tuition refunds will be given. You may not change your course after the second class has taken place.
  • There are no refunds for part-time programs after the first week of class.



To apply to study at CELOP, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 17 years old.
  • You must be a high school (secondary school) graduate.

All new students are required to take an English Placement Exam to determine their level of English.

    Part-Time Student Visa Information

    B1/B2 Visa Holders

    • Visitors in B-1/B-2 status may take a class that is considered short-term and recreational in nature (e.g., one English language class or a sports or music class)
    • Visitors in B-1/B-2 status, while in the US, may choose any one of our part-time programs as long as they maintain their non-immigrant status.
    • Visitors in B-1/B-2 status are prohibited from enrolling in full-time classes.

    F2 Visa Holders

    • Dependents in F-2 status may engage in part time study, but cannot study full time at CELOP.
    • Therefore, you can choose any one of our part-time programs at CELOP with an F-2 visa.

    Other Visa Holders

    Part-Time Student Application Instructions

    Step 1. Click the “CELOP Application” button.

    Step 2. Login to Application Homepage.

    • If you do NOT have a BUID & Web Account, click on “Create Account”.
    • If you already have a BUID, do NOT create a new account. Use your BU Login name and Kerberos Password to login.
    • You will receive an email to verify your web account and to continue your application. Follow the instructions in that email.

    Application LOGIN Page

    Step 3. Start a New Application.

    • Select the semester you are applying for.
    • If you do not see your desired semester, do NOT start an application for a different semester.

    Step 4. Upload Your Supporting Documents.

    • Passport
    • Visa
    • I-94

    Step 5. Pay the application fee & submit your application.


    Click the CELOP Application button and apply today!


    Part-Time Student Requirements

    • All students must provide a copy of their passport and visa. These documents can be uploaded to your CELOP application.
    • All Boston University students must show proof of receiving the required immunizations. You may either fax your records to 617-353-3557 or go to Student Health Services at 881 Commonwealth Avenue and receive the shots. Complete and return the CELOP Immunization and Physical Form before the Check-In day.
    • All international students at Boston University are automatically enrolled in the Boston University Student BASIC Medical Insurance Plan. Medical insurance plan charges will be charged to your account for this coverage. The Boston University Student BASIC Plan can be waived (declined) in only very few cases. If the student has a comparable level of health insurance coverage, a Medical Insurance Waiver may be completed to waive participation in the plan. Please submit your insurance waiver request using the Student Link.
    • After you have been accepted, you must enter your emergency phone number into your Student Link Account. Please contact us if you have questions about how to do this.

    English Placement Test

    • All new CELOP students are required to take a placement test to determine their level of English ability.
    • If you do not place into your chosen class(es), you will be notified and given the option to select another class or receive a full tuition refund.

    Books & Supplies

    • You will be required to buy one or more textbooks, available at the Boston University Barnes & Noble in Kenmore Square.
    • The cost of books is not included in the course tuition.


    Contact our Admissions staff