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ESOL / English to Speakers of Other Languages


Olympic College offers beginning through advanced courses in English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL or ESL). These non-credit courses are intended for non-native English speakers, and refugees wanting to learn how to read, write, speak and understand English for both personal and employment reasons.

Per the SBCTC, no international students (F-1 or M-1 visa-holders, or “nannies”/au pairs here on J-1 visas) may be in any ABE/ESOL class, even if they or their sponsors offer to pay their full, unsubsidized share of the ABE/ESOL class cost. Instead, these students should contact the International Student Program about Intensive English classes.

Students on tourist or business (B-1, B-2) visas who take ABE/ESOL or other “short” classes may not be allowed to re-enter the United States.

  • Students between the ages of 16 and 19 years must be formally released from their local high school before enrolling in any Olympic College Adult Education program.
  • All new students must attend an orientation session before registering for classes.
  • Orientations are held on the Bremerton Campus.  They are three days a week during selected weeks. Students must attend every day to be registered for classes.

ESOL classes are offered at all three campuses as well as several off-campus locations.

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