How do I select my first year curriculum during online registration, and how does an ESL program factor in?

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How do I select my first year curriculum during online registration, and how does an ESL program factor in?

Helen H. Choi
Owner Admissions Mavens

How do I select my first year curriculum during online registration, and how does an ESL program factor in?

If you are selecting your courses online, be sure to take a close look at any general education requirements as well. Try to select courses that reflect a nice balance between general education requirements and courses that really interest you and that might give you some direction for a future major. College can be really exciting time intellectually if you give yourself the opportunity to explore fields that are new to you. As for the ESL programs, if you are a non-native English speaker, you might have to submit TOEFL scores and/or take an English proficiency exam. Exam results will determine whether you need to take additional ESL courses at the university in order to continue as a student there. If you do need to take additional ESL courses -- don't despair! This supplemental coursework is designed to help you improve your skills so that you can get the most out of your university experience in the U.S.

Nina Berler
Founder unCommon Apps

Online Registration and ESL

It's always important to pay attention to rules and policies from your college. In the case of online registration, students should be on their guard for deadlines for registration. You don't want to be closed out of courses you need for your program or major. That means you need to be well versed in your requirements long before registration so you can research courses, check to see who is teaching, and make up a reasonable schedule. In the case of ESL students, however, the matter is more complex. Fortunately, most colleges are very clear about what courses ESL students should take and when they should take them. Many have online registration times specifically for ESL students, and some require placement tests before online registration is permitted.

David Allen
Managing Director Global College Counselors Ltd

Early

It is best to try and get your schedule set up early as often classes that you mgiht want to take will fill up. ESL should be something that is offered to you by the college as an additional class, or perhaps to replace a first year English class.

Nicholas Umphrey

Don't fear..

Usually by the time this comes up, you have been assigned an academic advisor at the school you are attending. Speak to your advisor about this process over the phone, e-mail, or better yet, Skype.

Connie Boger

First year schedule

You should have a college advisor who will help you with your first year schedule. Make sure to review the requirements for your particular program of study.

Pamela Hampton-Garland
Owner Scholar Bound

First Year Curriculum

Typically, you will have a college advisor that you must communicate with to assist you the first semester and who will be there each semester to provide guidance for future courses. ESL programs do not factor into college courses at all, if you need ESL that will be completed prior to taking college courses because their will be a communication deficit if you are not able to understand the language before you begin the courses toward a major.

Dr. Bruce Neimeyer
CEO/Partner Global College Search Associates, LLC

How do I select my first year curriculum during online registration, and how does an ESL program factor in?

For many students there will be a required orientation prior to registration for courses. International students typically have a special orientation and registration a few weeks prior to the beginning of classes in the fall. In addition to general advisement about degree completion as well as many activities to help you become acclimated to the campus its environs and being in the US in general, you will most like sit individually with an academic counselor who will know your preparation for study and any degree completion requirements such as an ESL program that you need to satisfy prior to graduating from college. Some students, depending on your TOEFL scores and placement examination that you take during this orientation, will be required to complete the ESL program BEFORE you are able to register for general course instruction. Other international students will be permitted to register for their degree general education courses along with a few ESL courses if their English verbal and writing skills are at a certain level. All of this should be provided to you in your admissions packet of information. If it is unclear or not provided, you should seek out your designated admissions counselor at that college or the international student adviser to get the appropriate answers.

Annie Reznik
Counselor/CEO College Guidance Coach

How do I select my first year curriculum during online registration, and how does an ESL program factor in?

Typically, international students register for classes through an orientation session just before the start of classes in the fall. At that time, a student is assigned an academic adviser who assists with course selection based on general education and major requirements. If you are in a position to select your first year curriculum on your own through an online system, you should also inquire about available support. If you have been admitted to a university on the condition of participation in an ESL program, you will typically take general requirements alongside ESL courses for the first few semesters (for example, you might take 2 intensive ESL courses and then 9 credits of general coursework). Your academic adviser will help you navigate building a schedule with appropriate ESL coursework.

Kathleen Harrington
Owner New Jersey College Consulting

How do I select my first year curriculum during online registration, and how does an ESL program factor in?

It will be more than likely that an international admissions representative from your chosen school will work with you through the registration process. Your admissions counselor can assist you with choosing courses available in their ESL Program. A majority of colleges throughout the US offer ESL specific courses, an opportunity to utilize language labs, and sometimes even have and ESL advisor that can work with you throughout your time in college.

Claire Law

How do I select my first year curriculum during online registration, and how does an ESL program factor in?

International students must meet the admission requirements of each college to which they apply. ???????????????????? If their requirement is 215 on the computerized TOEFL then that’s what a student must present. A few colleges offer ESL on their campus and allow students to be admitted provisionally pending completion of the ESL program and satisfactory TOEFL. I worked at such a college and it worked out well for international students.