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Whatcom Community College offers classes to adults in Whatcom County who want to improve skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing English while also learning about American culture and our local community. The following classes are available quarterly:

  • ESL Core - reading, writing, listening & speaking
  • ESL Writing

Current & Returning Students 

Two steps to begin classes:

STEP 1: Call today to talk with an advisor

STEP 2: Register for classes over the phone


New students:

Four steps to begin classes:

STEP 1: Apply Online: New Student Admissions Form

STEP 2: Complete an Online Orientation & Assessment 

STEP 3: Talk with an Advisor

STEP 4: Register for Classes over the phone


Tuition & fees

Tuition is $25 per quarter for students enrolled in ESL, ABE & GED classes on campus.


Students on tourist, visitor or student visas are not eligible. Students with these visas should contact International Programs 360.383.3240 or email