Global Learning

Global Learning

International Focus, Individual Impact

Global Learning advances the college as a global learning community by fostering intercultural learning experiences for faculty, staff and students. Global Learning is responsible for international student admission, international student services and advising, study abroad programming and advising, the English Language Acquisition course sequence, immigrant and English language learner services, and managing the college’s international partnerships and grant programs.

Future International Students

Learn more about how to apply to Kirkwood! 

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Current International Students

Services for current Kirkwood international students. 

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Study Abroad

Over 160 Kirkwood students study abroad each year. Are you ready to join them?

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Learn English

You can learn English, and Kirkwood has 2 options to help! As an English Language Learner you can choose your focus.

English as a Second Language (ESL)
Study English to help improve your job opportunities. Kirkwood's free English as a Second Language non-credit courses help you to be prepared for the workforce.

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English Language Acquisition (ELA)
English Language Acquisition courses help you to become academically ready for college by helping you practice your speaking and writing skills. Classes are for academic credit and classes are taught entirely in English, which helps prepare you for continuing your education at Kirkwood. Financial aid is available for those who qualify.

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English as a Second Language (ESL) English Language Acquisition (ELA)
Free/no tuition Tuition (limited financial assistance available)
Non-credit Earn elective college credit
Beginner/advanced classes available Beginner/advanced classes available
Classes cover all skills — enroll in one class at a time Classes focus on one skill — enroll in multiple classes at a time
90-minute classes, 4 days per week Classes available 5 days per week
7-week classes start in July, September, October, January, and March 16-week classes start in August and January; summer classes start in May and July
Learn academic and workforce-based language skills Learn academic English for college
Personalized instruction Personalized instruction
Small class sizes Small class sizes
Highly qualified instructors Highly qualified instructors
Pathway navigation assistance Pathway navigation assistance

Kirkwood Student Gloria Wa Lumbu

“My instructors have really encouraged me when I doubted myself, telling me ‘You can do it!’ Even my classmates help and cheer me on!”

Gloria Wa Lumbu,
Democratic Republic of the Congo

Contact Global Learning

Global Learning Cedar Rapids Main Campus
2008 Iowa Hall


Global Learning Cedar Rapids / ELA & English Language Learners
2008 Iowa Hall


Global Learning Kirkwood Regional Center at the University of Iowa
in Coralville (Iowa City Area) Campus

Room 114