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About English Institute

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Discover HCC’s Intensive English Program

You have a goal: to earn a degree in the U.S. that will be recognized worldwide, to advance in your profession, or to experience the growth that comes from learning a language while being immersed in a new culture. The EI is here to serve you. English as a second language courses are the first step to achieving your goal.

HCC is certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) to issue the Form I-20 that is needed to apply for the F1 student visa or status to study English in the USA. 

  • Fast Facts

    Columbia, Maryland – a suburban community centrally located within 30 miles of Baltimore & Washington, D.C. Columbia is regularly ranked a “Best Place to Live” from reputable sources including Money magazine.

    Main Campus Address: 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, Maryland 21044
    EI Phone Number: 443-518-1681

    EI by the Numbers

    • Founded in 2001
    • Student to faculty ratio of 15: 1
    • Average class size: 15
    • 7 full-time employees
    • Age range for EI students: 19–54 years old
    • 9 student activities held on campus each semester
    • 20 different countries represented by the student body in fiscal year 2021

    Degrees & Certificates at HCC

    • Associate of arts: two years, transfers to four-year program
    • Associate in applied science: two years, leads to employment
    • Associate of arts in teaching: two years, transfers to four-year program
    • Associate of science in engineering: two years, transfers to four-year program
    • Certificate of proficiency: one year, leads to employment
    • Letter of recognition: set of courses to enhance skills

    See a detailed list of degree and certificate programs at HCC.

    Number of Nearby Four-Year Colleges & Universities in the Area
    14 public, 22 private

    Intercollegiate Athletics Teams (HCC Dragons)

    • Cross Country
    • Men’s & Women’s Soccer
    • Women’s Volleyball
    • Men’s & Women’s Basketball
    • Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse
    • Track & Field
  • Why Choose EI?
    • Experienced faculty: 80% have master’s degrees or Ph.Ds.
    • Friendly advising team to answer your questions and assist with your transition to life in the USA
    • Exciting activities, including trips to New York City and Washington, D.C.
    • Certificates offered for completion of level, completion of program, and business and professional program
    • Bridge classes
    • Scholarships available
    • Exchanges: The EI hosts exchange students from AFS-USA and the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
    • Awards
      • Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (MBNQA), The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) of the U.S. Department of Commerce, 2019.
      • Best Community College of Maryland, The Daily Record, 2019.
      • Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners, Washington Monthly, 2018, 2017, 2016.
      • Digital Community Colleges National Survey Winner, Center for Digital Education, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007.
      • National Exemplary Program Award, National Council for Continued Education & Training.
      • NAFSA Internationalizing the Campus Award.
      • Outstanding Program in English, Two-Year College Association.
  • Tuition & Fees Per Semester

    International Residency Estimated Cost for One Semester

    Tuition and fees for international students for each Spring and Fall is $3,440. Tuition and fees for international students for Summer is $3,200 for new students (returning students pay In-County or Out-of-County tuition rates for Summer classes because they are not required to enroll in classes during the Summer term).

    Further explanation of costs: Each EI class is assigned a number of units based on classroom contact hours. Most classes are three units each. EI students enroll in a minimum of 12 units in a semester (normally four classes). The cost per unit is $275 (for Spring and Fall), so tuition and fees may exceed $3,440 if a student chooses to enroll in more than 12 units.

    In-County and Out-of-County Residency Estimated Cost for One Semester (Spring or Fall)

    Class Level Cost
    1 $1,000-$1,180 ($170-$240 per class, plus $80 activity fee)
    2 $1,040-$1,230 ($190-$240 per class, plus $80 activity fee)
    3 $1,040-$1,060 ($190-$260 per class, plus $80 activity fee)
    4 $1,120-$1,768 ($190-$464 per class, plus $80 activity fee)
    5 $1,200-$1,933 ($210-$464 per class, plus $80 activity fee)

    Out-of-county residents pay an additional $10 fee per class.

  • Academic Terms
    • Spring (15 weeks; late January – early May)
    • Summer (10 weeks; early May – early August)
    • Fall (15 weeks; late August – mid-December)
  • Course Offerings
    • Five levels: beginning (level 1) to advanced (level 5)
    • ESL courses include: grammar, pronunciation, reading, speaking, spelling, TOEFL preparation, vocabulary, writing, and specialized skills like English for business purposes
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