Center for the Global Learner

The Center for the Global Learner fosters intercultural understanding and the development of engaged global citizens. Its mission is to lead and facilitate global engagement and intercultural understanding.

English as a Second Language

Durham Tech offers courses in English as a Second Language (ESL) to non-native speakers at several locations in Durham and Orange counties. Courses are free, and students must be at least 18 years old to enroll. All new ESL students must first take a placement exam. View the Placement Test and Class Schedule.

Continuing Education for Non-Native Speakers

Durham Tech offers additional non-credit, fee-based courses in Continuing Education for Non-Native Speakers (Beyond Basic ESL) for students whose proficiency is beyond the basic ESL program. For class offerings and fees please visit the Beyond Basic ESL web page.

English for Academic Purposes

English for Academic Purposes (EAP) is a program designed to help students improve their skills in U.S. Academic English. Students entering this program already have the basics of English (or speak another variety of English), but need to improve their skills as it relates to college-level reading, writing, research, grammar, listening, and speaking.

Translation/Interpretation Programs

Durham Tech offers Public Service and Medical Interpreting certificate and diploma programs to prepare students to work as paraprofessional interpreters via a combination of evening seated, hybrid, and online classes. Prerequisites and plans of study can be found at the Interpretation Programs web page.

International Student Services

International Student Services provides admissions guidance for all non-US citizens in areas of international educational credentials, residency assessment for tuition for the few community college exceptions outside of RDS, immigration and visa status verification, and general support services to help students enroll in Durham Tech programs. Please visit the International Student Services web page for more information for the application process for non-citizens as well as requirements for current F-1 (student visa) students.

Study/Travel Abroad

Durham Tech facilitates several study/travel abroad programs for students to learn about and experience a different culture. Some programs may be led by Durham Tech faculty, while others are identified through individual student interest. More information can be found on the CGL’s study/travel abroad section.