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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.

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

  • Director: Eric Grunwald (egrunwal@mit.edu)
  • Lecturer: AC Kemp (ackemp@mit.edu)
  • Lecturer: Olivia Szabo (oliviasz@mit.edu)
  • Adjunct Lecturer: Irene Maksymjuk (imaksym@mit.edu)

Concentration in ELS (undergraduates)

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.

English Evaluation Test (EET)

The English Evaluation Test is offered prior to the start of each semester and is a requirement for all incoming international graduate students.

The August 2024 EET will be offered in person on Tuesday, August 27, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in room 26-100.  If you know you need to take the test or believe that you might, please watch the informational video here.

General information about the EET can be found here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Wondering why MIT students would need English classes if they’ve “passed” the TOEFL or IELTS? Want to know how our classes differ from ESL classes elsewhere? See our FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions) for the answers to these and other questions.