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UCF Global’s Community Initiatives arm was established to meet the educational needs of Central Florida’s immigrant population. We launched our flagship program, the Community English Program (CEP), in 2019 and have served over 1,500 learners to date. Through the CEP, we offer Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced English classes to over 400 learners each semester, at no or low cost, depending on funding. Building on this, the Latinos Y Amigos Center for Adult Student Advancement (LA CASA) was started in 2022 to enhance and support academic and career success through community-centered adult education and upskilling programming. Through our Community Initiatives we reach beyond UCF campus borders to embrace the surrounding Central Florida community and offer a bridge to UCF’s educational ecosystem.

Community English Program (CEP)

The Community English Program (CEP) is for Central Florida residents whose first language is not English. Courses are designed to help build conversational English skills necessary for working and living in the United States. Participants in the CEP develop skills in listening, reading, writing, speaking, vocabulary, grammar, and culture. Classes are offered in person on campus and at community based organizations, as well as online.


• Students must be a verifiable resident of Central Florida.
• Space is limited based on level placement and class schedule.

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LA CASA at UCF Global

UCF Global is committed to living out the University’s goals as a community partner.  UCF Global’s Latinos Y Amigos Center for Adult Student Advancement (LA CASA) offers an inclusive environment at UCF for the immigrant community that provides opportunities to enhance academic and career success.  We do this through wraparound services and programs for Latino and immigrant learners at UCF and community centered adult education and upskilling programming throughout Central Florida.

  • English Language Courses (Basic, Intermediate, Advanced)
  • Customized English courses for specific industries (ie. hospitality, health care, business)
  • Hispanic Business Education and Training Program (HBEAT)
  • Career development workshops
  • Immigration assistance and informational clinics

Our goal is that, together with cross sector partners in the region, we can engage the Central Florida community in educational opportunities that foster economic mobility and overall prosperity.

Thank you to our funders.



After successful participation in the Community English Program, participants may be eligible to join one of the following:

  • The Intensive English Program provides a high-impact curriculum based on face-to-face instruction in core language subjects while preparing you for your future.
  • The Online English Program provides the opportunity to develop English proficiency at home with multiple one-on-one instructor conferences per week.

Lessons include oral and written material and a variety of multimedia and visuals to supplement the learning experience. Classes are delivered live using video streaming technology.

English for Entrepreneurs Program

This course for advanced English language learners, develops students’ ability to understand and utilize business and workplace terminology to effectively communicate, orally and in written form, in a business setting. Students will learn intermediate terminology and communication skills that will enable them to function effectively in a business environment.  The fee is $150 for the 8 week / 32 hour program.

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English Access Microscholarship Exchange program

In-person exchanges are sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Office of English Language Programs through the English Access Microscholarship Program. The programs are administered by FHI 360 and hosted by U.S. partner universities and non-profit organizations. This exchange program is intended for international English as a Foreign Language (EFL) educators to exchange perspectives and experiences on best practices in building and fostering intercultural communication in virtual English Language exchanges. The exchange participants attend a two-week intensive professional development program at UCF and then will travel to Portland, Oregon to attend a week-long program organized in conjunction with the 2023 TESOL International Convention. The program brings approximately 25 participants from 21 different countries to the United States.

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