The Shop University

A 501(c)(3) ESL classroom in Helena, MT

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The Shop University is a 501(c)(3) non profit organization located in downtown Helena dedicated to providing English as a second language instruction to improve the communication, career, and citizenship goals of our community.

First languages: Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, French, German, Portuguese, Tagalog, Visaya, Italian, Georgian, Czech, Catalan, Thai, Hebrew, Hungarian, Vietnamese

Countries: Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Cuba, Phillipines, Taiwan, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Uzbekistan, Republic of Georgia, Italy, Czech Republic, Paraguay, Honduras, Venezuela, France, China, Japan, Azerbaijan, Russia, Germany, Bolivia, El Salvador, Spain, Guatemala, Thailand, Nicaragua, Ghana, Israel, Romania, Nigeria, Vietnam, Catalonia

Mail: 614 N. Last Chance Gulch, Suite B, Helena, MT 59601

What is the Shop University mission? The ShopU is a 501(c)(3) located in Helena, Montana dedicated to improving the communication, career, and citizenship goals of English language learners through structured, intensive English classes.

When are the classes? Classes are currently held Monday through Thursdays from 10-12 and Wednesday evenings at 6:30- 8:30pm. Other instruction times are available by appointment. Classes are held year round.

Who can come to class? All English levels and first languages are welcome. New students are accepted daily. To sign up for class, fill out this form.

Where are you located? We are located inside the Shop Helena Coworking space in the basement of 614 N. Last Chance Gulch. Use the alley entrance and the classroom is the first door on the right as you enter the building.

How much does it cost? The Shop University is a donation-based classroom. That means you can pay the amount you can afford. The suggested donation is $80 per semester.

What classes are taught? All of the classes are taught by an accredited teacher focusing on the four skills of English (listening, speaking, reading, writing) as well as incorporating grammar and American culture. Students are encouraged to suggest topics they would like to study.

What does 501(c)(3) mean? The Shop University is a non-profit; this means that all funds raised through student donations and other wise are used to operate the classroom. We are committed to transparency and have received the Guidestar Platinum level seal.

How can I help? We are always looking for volunteers and donations. Contact us to sign up as a volunteer or donate through the site here. Your donations ARE tax deductible. You can also help the classroom simply by shopping online on with our charity partner link and Humble Bundle with our charity partner link.

I am learning English at the Shop University because I can learn with a native speaker, I can get to know people from different parts of the world, and I believe it’s a good experience. I attend the Shop University to have better fluency and grammar in English in order to communicate in the correct form. The Shop University is a good program for new people in the U.S. It teaches you using creative activities. Cindy, Colombia

Suzy’s class offers a lot of learning opportunities, and it is student oriented. This is a high quality class difficult to find elsewhere in Helena. I attend the Shop University because it offers high quality classes that are focused on the student’s needs. The teacher really loves what she is doing, so you can see the difference between this and other programs. Saray, Colombia

I am learning English at the Shop University in Helena because it’s the only school to teach English for everyone who’s out of United States, and also it is a nice place to start your goal of what you want to be in America. There is a good teacher and a few volunteers to help you to improve your English level and accomplish your goal. There are a lot of students coming from different countries. You will realize different countries’ culture through them. I attend the Shop University to prepare me for college and in 2017 I have accomplished my goal to go to college. I also attend to improve my English level such as reading, writing, etc. At the Shop University, you are not only learning English. The teacher will teach everything about American culture such as law, science, math, etc. Also you make good relationships with everybody who is in the class. Lee, China

At the Shop University, I am blessed with the opportunity to improve my vocabulary and writing and review grammar rules. Suzy is an excellent teacher who is able to meet the learning needs of students with varying English communication abilities. I’ve been living in America for almost 17 years and even though I have a bachelor of science from an American university and hold a professional job, I continue to identify gaps in my English communication skills. My writing and vocabulary have improved dramatically since I began to attend weekly classes at the Shop University, which has given me the confidence I needed to communicate effectively with colleagues in a variety of professional settings. Maria, Brazil

I am learning English at the Shop University because I want to study in hairdressing school to work. I attend the Shop University to study English. Inna, Ukraine

I am a volunteer at the Shop University. With my experience here, I hope to be a better ESL teacher in South Korea. Sarah, Volunteer

The Shop University is the greatest place to learn English. It’s not just a regular English class. You can learn American culture, how to order food, and history of holidays. You are never bored at class. Actually my English has improved very much. If you are looking for an English class, you will enjoy us! Mariko, Japan

Learning another language is hard. When I returned to the US after living in Asuncion, Paraguay for 3 years, I knew I wanted to help others gain that second language skill. Now that I am retired, I have the time to volunteer. Working with the students at Shop University feeds my soul. Marianne, Volunteer

The Shop University is a proud member of the Shop Coworking space. Check out the advantages of shared workspace here!