English Language Studies

The English Language Studies (ELS) curriculum is designed for non-native English speakers to foster effective communication in a variety of academic and professional contexts and facilitate their studies at MIT and their work beyond. Any bilingual/ESL undergraduate or graduate student earning a degree at MIT can register for an ELS subject.

The ELS program is a regular academic program and is open only to matriculated MIT students. Our grade- and credit-bearing classes meet according to the MIT academic calendar and involve homework and exams.


As part of the HASS Requirement, all undergraduates must complete a HASS Concentration of three or four subjects, depending on the program and level of entry.  An undergraduate concentration consists of any three subjects in English Language Studies or related fields. The Concentration Advisor for ELS is Eric Grunwald.

To see the dates and times of this semester’s ELS offerings, see the MIT subject catalog.

English Evaluation Test

The English Evaluation Test (EET) is offered prior to the start of each semester and is a requirement for all incoming international graduate students. International students who are starting their graduate programs in Fall 2022 should take the EET in August 2022, before the fall semester starts.

The EET will take place in person on Tuesday, August 30th at 8:00 a.m. in 10-250. Short interviews will then be held in building 14N that afternoon and the next morning, August 31. Please read the full details here.