English Proficiency Requirements

Continuing Education Programs

Continuing Education (CE) courses and programs offered online through LSU Online & Continuing Education typically include a combination of lecture and discussion as well as reading and writing assignments. You need an adequate command of English in all skill areas (listening, speaking, reading, and writing) to participate in classes.

If English is not your native language, you must meet one of the English language proficiency requirements below to be successful in our CE programs. If you intend to register for a CE course or program, you can determine whether you meet English proficiency requirements by self-assessment prior to enrolling. We want to empower you, the learner, to progress successfully. Completing this self-assessment will enable you to make a good decision on whether you can complete one of our programs.

Intermediate English Skills

Most CE professional development courses and programs require at least intermediate English skills, which are equivalent to a B2 level of English language proficiency on the Self-Assessment Form. When assessing yourself, be sure to read through each of the categories under Column B2 to make sure you meet proficiency requirements.

Advanced English Skills

Online Distance Learning courses and microcreds are for-credit courses and might require more advanced English skills, equivalent to a C1 level on the Learner Self-Assessment Form. Be sure to read through each of the categories under Column C1 to make sure you meet proficiency requirements.

Office Hours

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

Registration: 3 Easy Ways

Online: Register online from any course or certificate description.

Phone: 225-578-2500

Fax: 225-578-3090

Payment Policies & Options

Credit Cards: We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express. Credit card payment is required for Web, phone or fax registrations.

Purchase Orders: Full payment, or an authorized purchase order for billing, is due at the time of registration.

Returned Check: If your bank voids a payment for insufficient funds, a returned check charge of $25 will be added to your registration fee.

Refunds & Cancellations

On Campus/Instructor-Led Refund Policy - If your plans change, you must cancel 5 business days prior to the first day of class in order to receive a full refund or transfer to another course. If you cancel less than 5 business days, no refunds will be granted however you can have a one-time transfer of funds to another course. There are no penalties for substitutions prior to the first day of class. LSU reserves the right to cancel or make changes in courses. If a course is cancelled, the entire fee is refunded.

Online Courses Refund Policy - A refund will be issued if the request is received in our office within seven calendar days of enrollment and the course has not been accessed. Learners must submit a written request for a refund to answers@outreach.lsu.edu.

LSU reserves the right to cancel or make changes in courses. If a course is cancelled, the entire fee is refunded.


LSU Continuing Education observes the same official holidays as the LSU campus. Office closures include New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Day, Mardi Gras, Good Friday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and approximately one week around Christmas.

Accommodations for Persons with Disabilities

In some cases, university buildings may not be fully accessible for persons with disabilities. If you need special accommodations because of a disability, please let us know by calling 225-578-2500 at least two weeks before your class begins.

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