Language Institute - English as a Second Language (ESL) | Georgia Tech Professional Education | Atlanta, GA

Short-Term Courses

GTLI short-term courses offer part-time study options for adult learners who are non-native speakers of English. Courses are designed for learners who would like to improve their English communication skills for both professional and social reasons. 

Who should take short courses?

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If you are not in Atlanta and would like to take a course, you can apply for a short course delivered online.


Choose the Right Level of Study

Short-Term Courses offer 2 levels of proficiency:

      High Beginner to Intermediate
      High Intermediate to Advanced

You choose your own level of study. You are strongly advised to use our Level Self-Assessment information to help determine which level is best.

Delivery Method

GTLI short courses may be taken in person (face to face) or virtually (instructor-led online). Please check the upcoming schedule for the delivery method for the course(s) you are interested in. 

Is this the right program for you? Compare to decide.


Schedule Format

  • Classes in the Spring and Fall sessions are 4 weeks in length and meet Mondays & Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays.
  • Classes in the Summer session are 3 weeks in length and meet in one of the following formats:
    MW or TTh for 2 hours each class meeting
    MTWTh for 1 hour each class meeting   

Note:  A class with MW meets on Monday and Wednesday. A class with TTh meets on Tuesday and Thursday.  A class with MTWR meets Monday through Thursday.

Upcoming Schedules

Click the course name to read a description of the course. 

Fall 1 2023 - August Short Course Options 
Everyday Conversation Beginning to Low Intermediate MW August 21 - September 13 10:15-11:45 AM Face-to-Face in Atlanta $250
American Pronunciation High Intermediate to Advanced TTh August 22 - September 14 10:15-11:45 AM Face-to-Face in Atlanta $250
Fall 2 2023 - September Short Course Options 
Interpersonal Communication Skills High Intermediate to Advanced TTh September 19 - October 12 10:15-11:45 AM Face-to-Face in Atlanta $250
Fall 3 2023 - October Short Course Options 
Talk More Beginning to Low Intermediate MW October 23 - November 15 10:15-11:45 AM Face-to-Face in Atlanta $250
Topics in the News Beginning to Low Intermediate MW October 23 - November 15 6:00-7:30 PM Instructor-Led Online $250
Professional Presentation Skills High Intermediate to Advanced TTh October 24 - November 16 10:15-11:45 AM Face-to-Face in Atlanta $250
American Pronunciation High Intermediate to Advanced TTh October 24 - November 16 6:00-7:30 PM Instructor-Led Online $250

All times are in Eastern Daylight Time for Atlanta, Georgia.


Continuing Education Units

GTLI short courses meet for a total of 12 instructional hours. If you attend at least 80% of the classes and successfully complete the course assignments, you will receive 1.2 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).


Tuition: GTLI short courses are $250 per course.  

GT Campus Special Discounts

The Georgia Tech Language Institute is offering a 20% discount on short courses for Georgia Tech employees, matriculated students, and spouses of GT employees and matriculated students.  If you are a member of this group, please contact to receive a discount code that you will need to enter when you apply. 

Citizenship Requirements

Georgia Tech’s Office of Research Security and Compliance requires citizenship information be maintained for those participating in most GTPE courses. Citizenship information is obtained directly from the learner at the time of registration and is maintained in the Georgia Tech Student System.

Payment Options and Deadlines 

Payment must be made in full online by credit/debit card, electronic check, or bank transfer within one week of application submission and a minimum of 10 days prior to the course start date in order to receive access.

Refund and Withdrawal Policy  

Please see for policies about course refunds, withdrawals, and transfers.

Course Completion Certificate 

Upon successful completion of a GTLI short course (80% minimum attendance and a passing grade), you may receive a certificate indicating the number of CEUs earned.

Application Instructions 

Summer Short Course

When you apply you will be asked to provide a copy of the following government-issued identification documents based on your status:

  • U.S. visa holder: a copy of your U.S. visa and passport from your home country
  • U.S. citizen: your U.S. passport
  • U.S. permanent resident: your U.S. permanent resident card and your U.S. passport

You will need to upload your documents in any of the following file types: .pdf, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .doc. 

Fall and Spring Short Courses

When you apply for a Fall or Spring Short course, you will use the GTPE registration system.  

Textbook Requirements 

The instructor will provide the instructional materials you need for the course. In some courses, a textbook may be required. Required textbooks will be noted in your acceptance email. 



If you are not sure which course is right for you or if you have a question about how to register, let us know.  Or call (404) 894-2425.  We would be happy to provide you with additional guidance.