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Welcome to the ELL Department

The English Language Learning (ELL) program at BHCC serves immigrants from all over the world whose first language is not English, including those who reside in the area as well as students on temporary visas.

Whether you have an advanced degree from your own country and need English proficiency to continue your profession, or you are a new student, BHCC's ELL program will prepare you to participate more fully in your school, college, university and professional life. Many students who take academic ELL at BHCC have the goal of transferring to a 4 year university.

In the Academic ELL program, Intermediate to Advanced language learners take 6 credits each semester and earn college credit. Students develop integrated critical reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills in English through immersion in a selected theme, challenging academic content and campus- and/or community-based learning. Students participate in group work and connect the content to their own lives, using language in multiple ways.

Students who successfully complete an ELL course may earn up to 6 credits towards the General Education requirement. Students can take additional college level courses alongside ELL.

All courses are 6 credits and are offered during the day, evening, or weekends during the Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters. There are 3 levels of ELL and the program follows the college’s 16-week academic calendar.


  • In-State Tuition and Fees for 6 credits = $1,320 total
  • Out-of-State Tuition and Fees for 6 credits = $2,556 total

Students who want to enroll should:

1. Complete Advising and Registration orientation

2. Take the Guided Self Placement (GSP) Survey for initial placement in ELL coursework to determine program and level.

3. Register for courses. Get help in real time through the BHCC Chat

The Academic ELL program is one of three programs that serve English Language Learners at BHCC. BHCC also offers ELL courses in the noncredit BELL program and the Intensive English program. For information contact the Advising Center.