Students in the Master's in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) program must be able to communicate in English, both orally and in writing. Many international students benefit from extra practice in English skills. For the MURP program, strong writing skills are essential. Some English as a Second Language (ESL) classes offered at UC Irvine are listed below.


Summer Preparation

The UCI University Extension offers ESL classes. See this web page:


The ESL courses offered through University Extension cost from $1,600 to $3,200. The advantage is that these courses provide intensive preparation before the academic year begins. We understand that cost might be a barrier for some students, but if you can afford taking summer ESL through University Extension, that is excellent preparation.

Academic Year Courses

UC Irvine’s School of Humanities offers several graduate English writing and speaking courses. Graduate students can also enroll in undergraduate humanities courses when space is available. The School of Humanities courses, if taken during the academic year, will not require additional tuition beyond what you pay to attend the MURP program. MURP students must take 12 units of graduate credit in addition to any undergraduate courses.

The classes listed below focus on writing and are offered during the academic year. The Planning, Policy, and Design department encourages MURP students to take a writing course, as we have found that strong English writing skills are essential in the MURP program.

  •     Academic English 22A - Reading and Vocabulary Development (priority given to undergraduates)

  •     Academic English 28 - Grammar for Writing (review of common ESL writing errors; extensive practice with short writing)

  •     Academic English 22 A - Reading and Vocabulary Development I (emphasis on American culture; priority to undergraduates)

These English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are more focused on speaking and are offered during the academic year:

  •     Academic English 23 A - Basic Pronunciation Skills

  •     Academic English 23 B - Intermediate Conversation

  •     Academic English 23 C - Advanced Communication Skills (prerequisite, Academic English 23 A  and B or interview with professor)

  •     Academic English 24 - Academic Discourse for International Teaching Asssistants/Spring Quarter

  •     Academic English 29 Special Topics: Conversation

There are some web-based resources available below. These resources will not substitute for a good ESL class, but will be useful in addition to other preparation.