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K-State Today

September 28, 2021

English language classes available for Global Campus students

Submitted by Ketty Reppert

In keeping with Kansas State University's tradition and history of high standards as the nation's first operational land-grant university, the English Language Program has become among the first in the nation to receive accreditation for online academic English classes from the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

It is now possible for international students without TOEFL scores or other proof of English proficiency to apply for undergraduate online degree and certificate programs and begin their studies with English classes to prepare them for their selected academic programs.

Additionally, international undergraduate students who want to begin English studies before traveling to the U.S. for an on-campus degree program can begin their journey as Wildcats before leaving home. This provides an opportunity for students to save money and completes one of the steps identified in K-State's Strategic Enrollment Management Plan for international students.

Global Campus and the Office of Recruitment and Admissions worked with the ELP during summer 2021 to complete the application for the program's existing accreditation of on-campus courses to be extended to intermediate and advanced level courses delivered online. This represents the culmination of several years of preparation for this goal. Achieving it was accelerated by the global pandemic and CEA's recent approval by the U.S. Department of Education to extend the scope of its accreditation to distance education programs.

This opportunity for students shows K-State's commitment to service and innovation as a next-generation land-grant institution, working to open opportunities and educate game-changers from around the world. The ELP is prepared to help the problem-solvers of tomorrow develop their potential as they become global citizens working to advance the well-being of Kansas, the nation and the international community.