Part-Time 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.

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.


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.


Program Details

In the Part-Time 5 program, you can choose one class from the list of class options below.
In the Part-Time 10 program, you can choose two classes.

  • Active English (Elementary)
    You will 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, engage in experiential learning, practice using English in real-life situations, and learn about American culture and customs through holiday-based projects and other activities.
  • Listening and Speaking (Intermediate to Advanced)
    This course will help you improve your listening and speaking skills. Speaking activities will help you to communicate your thoughts more fluently and accurately. By listening to a variety of recorded materials (television, internet, etc.) and practicing note-taking, you will improve your listening comprehension. You will also increase your knowledge of English vocabulary, focusing on idiomatic expressions and academic and specialized vocabulary related to class topics.
  • Reading and Discussion (Intermediate to Advanced)
    This course will help you improve your reading and oral communication skills through discussion of readings from a variety of sources.  You will also learn methods to help you understand unfamiliar words and increase your vocabulary.
  • Academic Writing (Intermediate to Advanced)
    This course will help you improve your writing skills by teaching you the elements of clear, cohesive, and grammatically correct English writing. You will also work on proofreading, editing, and revising.  Intermediate students will learn how to plan their writing and organize their ideas into paragraphs. Advanced students will review organizational techniques for developing and presenting their ideas, will learn how to paraphrase, and will understand the importance of attributing material from outside sources.
  • iBT TOEFL Preparation (High Intermediate to Advanced) If you are preparing to take the internet-based TOEFL examination (iBT) for university admission, this course will help you improve your test-taking skills so that you can increase your score. You will prepare for the whole examination with practice tests and other activities. This is an intensive exam-preparation course, and you will be required to do regular homework assignments.
  • IELTS Preparation (High Intermediate to Advanced) This course is designed for students who are preparing to take the academic IELTS examination for university admission. Using level-appropriate material, you will cover the test-taking skills and strategies you need to increase your score. You will prepare for all four sections of the academic stream of the IELTS examination: reading, listening, writing, and speaking. This is an intensive exam-preparation course, and you will be required to do regular homework assignments.

    In the Part-Time 15 program, students 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 more about concentrations.


    Class Schedule

    Total Hours Per Week
    Part-Time 5 Monday and Wednesday OR
    Tuesday and Thursday
    1:30pm – 4pm 5 hours per week
    Part-Time 10 Monday – Thursday 1:30pm – 4pm 10 hours per week
    Part-Time 15 Monday – Friday 9am – 12pm 15 hours per week


    Important Information

    Visitor Visa Holders

    There are four immigration classifications that allow entry to the U.S. as a visitor. Collectively, these four options are commonly referred to as “visitor status”:

        • B-1: visitor for business
        • B-2: visitor for tourism
        • WB: visa waiver for business
        • WT: visa waiver for tourism

    Immigration regulations permit visitors in B-1/B-2/WB/WT who come to the U.S., or are already in the US as visitors for business or tourism, to take a class that is short-term and recreational in nature (for example: one English language class or a sports or music class).

    If you intend to enter the U.S., or you are in the U.S. in B-1/B-2/WB/WT status, and you wish to enroll at CELOP, you may choose any one of our part-time programs as long as you maintain your non-immigrant, or visitor status.

    B-1/B-2/WB/WT are not intended for full-time study and therefore are prohibited from enrolling in full-time classes.

    Length of Permitted Stay of Visitor Visa Holders

    Persons in visitor status are granted legal admission to the U.S. for specific dates, as reflected on the I-94 or U.S. entry stamp. The maximum period of admission for B-1/B-2 is generally six months. The maximum period of admission for WB/WT is generally 90 days. There is no grace period for visitor status.

    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

    • All students must provide a copy of their passport and visa. These documents can be uploaded to your CELOP application.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • During the fall and spring semesters, 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. During the fall and spring semesters, please submit your insurance waiver request using the Student Link.
    • All international students enrolled during the summer semester are required to have medical insurance. Since many U.S. doctors and hospitals do not recognize out-of-country coverage, it is strongly recommended that international students participate in a qualifying medical insurance plan offered by Boston University. Students are not automatically enrolled in a medical insurance plan upon registration. International students should contact Student Accounting Services at 617-353-2870 or email for information on how to obtain medical insurance. Two plan levels are available. Students who wish to also add their dependent spouse and/or children should also contact for instructions.

        • All tuition and fees must be paid in full before the check-in date of your program.
        • 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.
        • There are no refunds for part-time programs after the first week of class.

        • 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.


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