English as a Second Language


Welcome to the English as a Second Language program (ESL) at Harding University!

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The ESL Program is a full-time program that enables students to build a strong foundation in academic, cultural, and study skills that prepares them for success at the university and beyond. Students take a variety of classes to improve their English and participate in activities designed to help them integrate into university life. 

The International Advance Program (IAP) is a hybrid program in which international students take 9-12 hours of carefully selected classes in their major while they continue to improve their English skills with academic support.

In addition, ESL and IAP students enjoy interacting with American conversation partners, Peer Guides, tutors, and host families, and have access to all campus resources, organizations, and activities. 

Students benefit from small classes and lots of language, social, and academic support. Faculty, staff, and fellow students provide encouragement and friendship. 

If you’re interested in studying English in a warm and friendly environment, you belong at Harding!

Contact me for more information at or (501) 279-4825. 


Lauren Boone
ESL Program Coordinator

How do I apply for the ESL Program or International Advance Program?

A nonrefundable $50 fee is required to apply. When applying online, you should pay online. You may also pay over the phone by calling 800-477-4407. To apply online, please click here for more information with all of the steps you will need to take. 

How much does the ESL Program or International Advance Program cost?

The cost for a two-semester period (nine months) — including tuition, fees, room, board, and supplies — is approximately $27,179. 

How do I apply for an I-20?

When all items for admission have been received, you will be considered for admission. An I-20 will be sent only after a student has been accepted to the University.

What TOEFL or IELTS score is required for unconditional admission to Harding University?

All international students, both undergraduate and graduate, who enroll at Harding University are expected to present a TOEFL score of 70 or a 6.0 on the IELTS.

Meet Our Staff

Lauren Boone

Lauren Boone, M.A.
Program Coordinator, ESL

Office: Student Center 225

Contact Us

Harding University
University Studies
HU 12276
Searcy, AR 72149-5615