Welcome to the English as a Second Language Department!

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Do you currently live in California and need English practice for talking to your boss, co-workers, neighbors or children?


Noncredit ESL is good for you. Noncredit classes are free for California residents.

Do you currently live in California and need ESL classes for a college degree, certificate, or transfer to a 4-year college or university? Or do you need academic ESL for your job?


Credit ESL is good for you.

Credit classes cost $49 per unit, but you may be eligible for Free City. View the Free City informational video.

If you have not submitted a credit application, please go to www.ccsf.edu/apply.

To know your CCSF credit ESL level, use the Credit ESL Guided Placement Tool.

After you answer the questions on the Credit ESL Guided Placement Tool, the Testing Office will contact you. If you have any questions, please contact the Testing Office at (415) 239-3124 or email testing@ccsf.edu.

Did you live outside the United States and want to study as an international (F-1 visa) student?


You can attend CCSF classes with an F-1 visa.

Apply to Become an International Student

Our classes in Fall 2020 will mostly be online. You will need to get your RamID - your CCSF online identification. If you need help, see these links:

Practice English

Do you have other questions about taking classes?  Visit Admissions and Records Virtual Counters for more information.