Welcome to the UNCW English as a Second Language Program! 

ESL Program

  • Intensive American English language instruction for English learners
  • 5-week, 8-week, and 16-week programs
  • Four language proficiency levels
  • 20 hours of instruction per week
  • Weekly excursions
  • More information


  • 15,000+ students
  • Modern facilities
  • Welcoming, relaxed environment
  • Student-centered 
  • Centrally located

Wilmington, North Carolina Trip Advisor

  • Beautiful beach town
  • Historic downtown located on a river
  • Urban Population: 220,000
  • Major center for film production
  • Located midway between New York City and Orlando, Florida

Program Mission

"The English as a Second Language Program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is committed to providing support, intensive English language instruction, and various American cultural experiences to students who are learning English as a second language, which will empower them to become successful students in the mainstream classroom and productive members of the community."

ESL Faculty and Staff

Meet the ESL Faculty and Staff


Questions? Contact us. We'd love to hear from you!