English Language Program

An Important First Step Toward Your Future

Since 1974, Global Launch at Arizona State University has offered ASU’s intensive English language program for any learner of any proficiency level.  

Our team of global educators and staff members have served more than 1 million learners to achieve their language goals through innovative and immersive in-person and online courses and cultural experiences. Global Launch is proud to be part of the #1 university in the U.S. for innovation and an accredited member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

More Than Just a Language Program

Global Launch offers more than just English. You will gain confidence to communicate in social and academic settings, participate in group projects, write academic papers, and give university-level presentations.

One Program, Two Ways to Learn

Global Launch allows international learners of any background an equal opportunity to receive an innovative and immersive English language education from a world-renowned American university.

Campus Immersion

Online Immersion

Program Details

The Global Launch English language program is developed for a wide range of learners at the basic, intermediate and advanced levels. In each course, all students will learn and improve upon the four core competencies of reading, writing, listening and speaking.

When you apply for Global Launch, you will choose to learn in the Global Launch Campus Immersion or Online Immersion English language program. 

Once you are admitted to Global Launch, you will take a placement test to determine which level you will begin your English studies. There are six levels and it takes eight weeks to complete each level. Short term, 4-week study is available to online immersion students and campus immersion students.

English language program stages

When you complete the highest level of the Global Launch English language program with a passing grade of B- (80%) or better, you will receive a certificate of completion that will satisfy the English language requirement for admission to Arizona State University’s undergraduate and graduate* degree programs.


Do you want to know your English level now?

Take our free online placement test to determine how long you may be in the Global Launch English language program. You will still be required to take the official placement test upon admission.


Take our free test


What is the difference between campus and online immersion?

The world is always changing, and access to a high-quality education in America may not be possible for all learners. At Arizona State University, we believe in the power of using innovative technology to provide and enhance the learning experience for any student located anywhere in the world.



Campus immersion

Travel to the U.S. and learn on campus at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Online immersion

Earn a top-quality American English language education from anywhere in the world.

Weeks per level88
Hours per week2121
Live teacher and classmate interaction
Cultural immersion and social activities
Field trips 
Online self-study 
University preparation
Academic and professional development
Tutoring and advising services
Full-time student support staff
Fulfills ASU’s language proficiency requirement


Dates and Deadlines

Student Success

Basic knowledge of the English language as well as skills like interacting with your classmates, speaking to your teachers, giving presentations and more are necessary to be successful at a top American university like Arizona State University. 

These university skills cannot be measured or taught through tests like the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE. In fact, research shows that students who learn these extra skills do better in their university classes than other first-time ASU international students.

Meet Global Launch students

Do you want to learn more about Global Launch? Learn about the experiences of past Global Launch students just like you, who found success at Global Launch and Arizona State University. 

Take the next step

Do you want more information about the English Language Program? Are you ready to start your journey at Arizona State University? Take the next step today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Campus Immersion

How and when do I pay for Global Launch tuition and fees?
Tuition, student services and technology fees, and health insurance must be paid in full by the 5th day of classes. You can pay using Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express, traveler's checks or cash. Your tuition and fees will be posted to your My ASU account. Visit ASU's billing page for more information.

What should I bring with me when I come to register?
Bring your passport, Visa, I-20, measles vaccination record and method of payment.

How is my course level determined?
Your course level is determined by your placement test score. Students do not determine their own placement. You will be tested on reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar and vocabulary.


View Campus Immersion FAQs

Online Immersion

Can I participate in the online immersion program from inside the U.S.?
Yes. You can login to your Global Launch classes from anywhere inside the U.S., as long as you meet your daily requirements for online attendance, participation, classwork, etc.

What equipment do I need for the online immersion?
You will need any device with a camera, microphone and internet access such as an iPad or other tablet, or a laptop computer. We do not recommend that you use a cellphone, as mobile devices are unreliable. 

Global Launch requires that your camera be on during class time or missed minutes will apply (exemptions allowed per IEP admin approval).


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