Special Academic Programs
English as a Second or Other Language Program
The English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) is designed to help students who are
non-native speakers of English raise their language skills to a level of competence
necessary to function and succeed in American colleges and universities. The program
also provides support for international students as they adapt to an unfamiliar cultural
Students who enter Columbia College with a score below 500 (paper-based) or 173
(computer-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) enter the ESOL
program at one of two proficiency levels (Intermediate or Advanced). Placement is
determined by in-house diagnostic testing administered to ESOL students when they arrive
on campus. TOEFL scores are also considered.
International students who enter Columbia College with a TOEFL score of 500 or above
on the paper-based or 173 or above on the computer-based exam take the English
Diagnostic exam to determine initial placement in English courses.
Intermediate ESOL: 20 hours of classroom instruction in English per week, 12
semester hours per semester.
- Intermediate (below 500/173 TOEFL)
- ESOL 100 Academic English I (3)
- ESOL 101 ESL Grammar and Composition I (6)
- ESOL 102 Speaking and Listening (3)
- Advanced (below 500/173 TOEFL)
- ESOL 103 Academic English II (3)
- ESOL 105 ESL Grammar and Composition II (6)
- (500/173 or above TOEFL)
- ENGL 107N Developmental English Composition (Special section for non-native
Advanced ESOL: 15 hours of classroom instruction in English per week, 9
semester hours per semester. Students may be allowed to take one or two additional
courses per semester, with advisor consent.
EngL 107N: 6 hours of classroom instruction in English per week, 3 semester
hours per semester. Students may be allowed to take a full academic schedule, with
Center for Academic Excellence
The Center for Academic Excellence offers a wide range of educational support
services to students enrolled for credit at Columbia College on the home campus.
Services are offered at no additional cost to the student.
The Center offers the following services, as available, in a one-to-one or small
- Study sessions in subjects such as English, mathematics, and many introductory
courses that meet general education requirements
- Study skills improvement
- Note-taking strategies
- Exam-taking strategies
- Effective time management skills
- Textbook reading strategies and highlighting techniques
- Mathematics skills improvement
- Use of calculators
- Computer tutorials for basic math skills
- Writing skills improvement
- Techniques for planning and writing research papers
- Help with documentation of sources according to MLA and APA guidelines
- Peer tutoring for students learning English as a second or other language
All services at the Center for Academic Excellence are offered on a walk-in basis or
by appointment. The Center is staffed by experienced professionals committed to helping
students broaden their educational opportunities and achieve excellence in their
academic careers at Columbia College.
Cooperative Cross-Enrollment Programs with the University of Missouri-Columbia and
Columbia College participates with the University of Missouri-Columbia and Stephens
College in a cooperative cross-enrollment program. The intent of the program is to
facilitate students' educational needs when a desired course or its equivalent is not
available at the home institution during the semester of enrollment. Students must meet
the course prerequisites prescribed and all coursework must be for academic credit.
Enrollment is on a space-available basis on the first day of classes during the Fall
and Spring/Winter semesters on the Columbia, Missouri campuses of the respective
institutions. Each institution reserves the right to close courses in certain programs
to cross enrollment and to prohibit its students from enrolling in courses in designated
programs at the other institutions. Tuition will be paid at the student's home
institution at the home institution rate. Each institution will waive the admission
To be eligible to enroll in the Cooperative Cross-Enrollment Program, Columbia
College students must:
- Be enrolled as full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate students during the semester
- Be in good academic standing. Students who are dismissed for low academic
achievement from one Cooperative institution and subsequently accepted at another
Cooperative institution may not cross-register at the institution of dismissal until
they are eligible for readmission.
- Receive the approval of the appropriate faculty advisor.
- Receive the approval of the Registrar or Vice President and Dean for Academic
Students shall be subject to the rules, regulations, and standards of conduct of the
institution offering the course during the time of actual attendance.
See the Registrar for additional information about cooperative cross-enrollment
courses and to obtain the required form for enrollment.
Students may also request library privileges at Ellis Library on the University of
Missouri-Columbia campus, participate in University of Missouri-Columbia study abroad
programs, and may use Education Career Service at University of Missouri-Columbia.
A session scheduled between semesters or sessions, usually two weeks long,
Intersession is administered by the Evening Campus. Students may not enroll in more than
three semester hours of credit. Classes may be offered during the day or in the evening.
Students enrolling in Intersession classes are expected to complete, prior to the
beginning of class, certain reading assignments made by the instructor. Reading lists
are available from Evening Campus offices.
Columbia College provides a variety of study abroad opportunities through a
cooperative agreement with the University of Missouri-Columbia. Students from one
institution may participate in selected study abroad programs for credit or not for
credit at the other institution. Study abroad fees/charges will be the same as each
institution charges its own students. Information is also available regarding study
abroad opportunities sponsored by other organizations and institutions.
To help defray costs to study abroad, students may apply for financial aid through the
Columbia College Financial Aid Office. Federal financial aid, such as the Pell Grant or
student loans, can be used to help finance study abroad. Institutional grants and awards
cannot be used for study abroad. Students who are interested in obtaining more
information about these opportunities should inquire at the International Programs
An eight-week term and two four-week terms held during the months of June and July
are administered by the Evening Campus. Students may enroll in both day and evening
hours. Students may not enroll for more than 9 semester hours of credit in any
combination of summer sessions without written permission from the Vice President and
Dean for Academic Affairs. Students will be charged $195 per semester hour for all hours
enrolled if the overload request is approved. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0
before they are eligible for an overload.