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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 helped more than 130,000 students 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 top 1% of the world’s most prestigious universities



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.

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High-quality reputation

ASU and Global Launch have been recognized as one of the most innovative companies in the world by Fast Company, as one of the top English language specialist institutions by the U.S. Department of State and is partnered with some of the largest organizations in the world, like Uber and Starbucks. When you attend Global Launch, you will be a part of one of the most popular and innovative English programs in the country.

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No TOEFL required

The Global Launch English language program is an alternative to the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE exam, and is accepted as proof of English proficiency for admission to most Arizona State University degree programs.

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Choose your path

Global Launch offers flexible programs, schedules, part-time and short-term study, conditional admission and specialization courses in business, communications, STEM and the humanities. No matter where you live, Global Launch provides access to a top-quality American education experience, no matter your budget.

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Learn on campus or online

Choose to learn on-campus at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona or online from anywhere in the world. No matter your choice, you will still get the full language immersion and innovative experience that Global Launch in known for.

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.


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 campus immersion students only.

Six levels of the English Language Program

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.

Levels 6 6
Weeks per level 8 8
Hours per week 21 21
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

*Please contact your graduate department before applying to Global Launch

**Please note that new students will still be required to complete an official written placement test when you arrive at Global Launch. The free online placement test does not serve as proof of English proficiency for admission to Arizona State University.

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.


Did you know?

Students who graduate from Global Launch earn a higher GPA in their university classes than other first-time ASU international students.

Global Launch is an accredited member of the American Association of Intensive English Programs.

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Meet Our 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. 

Juan Javier
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Juan Javier


Meet Juan Javier

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Meet Varlik

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Meet Cristiana

Hisham Alsalmi
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Hisham Alsalmi

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Meet Hisham Alsalmi

Lei Ray Sun
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Lei "Ray" Sun


Meet Lei "Ray" Sun

Take the Next Step

Do you want more information about learning English at Global Launch?
Are you ready to join us? 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, 1-20, 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).

View Online Immersion FAQs