Program Features | History | Mission | UNCW Advantage | Wilmington, NC 

ESL Program Brochure 

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Program History

The UNCW ESL Program, part of the UNCW International Programs Office, began in 1993. The original purpose was to support the English language needs of two short-term groups: One group was from Nagoya Gakuin University in Japan, and the other was from G. D'Annunzio University in Italy. In the early years following partnership with these universities, there were also summer programs for employees of Dole Food Company, Inc., of Ecuador. Gradually, the program expanded; full semester and summer programs were developed and offered. Most recently, in 2015, the program received accreditation by The Commission on English Language Accreditation (CEA). 

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."

Program Features

  • Small program and class sizes allow for individualized attention and care
  • Interactive, student-focused learning environment
  • Exceptional student services
  • Conditional admission to UNCW

The UNCW Advantage

  • Part of the 16-campus University of North Carolina System
  • High academic standards
  • 16,000+ students
  • Welcoming, relaxed environment
  • Student-centered 

Wilmington, North Carolina Trip Advisor

  • Beautiful beach town
  • Historic downtown located on the Cape Fear River
  • Voted #1 among USA Today's Best American Riverfronts (2015)
  • Award-winning tourist destination 
  • Area population: 220,000 (2015 US Census)
  • Largest film studio on the East Coast
  • Located midway between New York City and Orlando, Florida; 513 kilometers south of Washington, DC

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