Office of International Services

English Resources

For many international students, scholars and spouses, functioning primarily in English can be a new and challenging experience.  The Raleigh area has numerous English language resources for non-native speakers as a result of our area’s growing international population.  Whether you are just beginning your study of the English language, want to expand your English vocabulary or wish to work on your accent, opportunities are available for all English levels!


English Conversation Clubs (ECC)

Level: All
Cost: Free
Website: or by phone at 919‐515‐2961
No Registration Required – just come

If you’re looking for a relaxed place to practice your English or you are a native English speaker that enjoys interacting with international students and scholars, then English Conversation Club is the place for you!  There is no application or registration required.  We only ask that participants come ready to talk and have fun!  English Conversation Club is a great place to learn commonly used idioms, practice your conversation skills and learn American vocabulary.    

English Conversation Club currently meets in two locations to provide variety and to better serve the needs of all participants.  You are welcome to attend either or both conversation groups.

  • The first group meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 4:30 at the College of Textiles Port City on Centennial Campus. 
  •  The second group meets every Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 in Daniels Hall Room 216 on North Campus.


Language Labs (Withers 131 and Laundry 214 (Language & Computer Labs Building))

Level: All
Cost: Free
Time: Withers: Monday – Friday 8am – 5 pm
Language & Computer Labs Building: Monday‐Thursday 8am – 9pm; Friday 8am‐5pm; Saturday 12‐7pm; Sunday 1‐5pm
Phone: 919-513‐2462 (Laundry) or 919-515‐3358 (Withers)
Unity id and Password Required
Both labs are equipped with an excellent language program called “Tell Me More” to practice listening, speaking, and writing. The “Ellis” software is also available. Each lab also contains the software that enables the keyboards to type in different languages.
In addition, there are practice tapes for the Speak Test in the Laundry 214 lab. This lab also contains web cameras, microphones, and headsets to use when calling to your home country.


North Carolina State University’s Intensive English Program (IEP) is a full-time, non-credit academic program offered Fall and Spring semesters for international students. Students who attend this program can take classes to acquire English proficiency in all key language skills. A Form I-20 (certificate of eligibility for an F-1 student visa) will be issued to admitted students.

The IEP also provides an opportunity to improve English skills before admission into a degree program for those Undergraduate Admissions applicants at NC State who meet competitive academic requirements for admission but have not met yet minimum English proficiency requirements.


English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes - Wake Tech Community College

These ESL classes offer students opportunities to increase speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. There are a variety of sites, and students may enroll at each site until classes are full.

Level: Beginner-Advanced
Cost: Free (There is a charge for TOEFL classes)
For times, sites and contact information: