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Academic Programs at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Illinois

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The Center for English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois

About the Center for English as a Second Language: Since 1966, the Center for English as a Second Language has been providing effective instructional programs for non-native speakers of English, most of whom plan to enter degree programs at the undergraduate or graduate level at Southern Illinois University Carbondale or at other colleges and universities in the United States. Students enjoy small class sizes and individualized attention in a beautiful natural environment. Nearly 24,000 international students have chosen to study English and American culture at CESL. We invite you to come learn English with us.

CESL is a proud member of UCIEP (a consortium of university and college Intensive English Programs) and EnglishUSA. All programs within these organizations have met high standards to ensure that students receive the most advanced methods of intensive English instruction from trained, professional instructors. CESL is also fully accredited by CEA, the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation.

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(Please note that correspondence
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The Center for English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois

CESL Program Overview

Intensive English: Instruction in English pronunciation, reading, writing, listening, speaking and grammar is offered from beginning through advanced levels of study. Additional courses may include News Talk, Novel / Film, Presentations, Grammar and Poetry, Fun with Idioms and American Culture. Classes at all levels meet from 20 to 26 hours per week.

Academic Study Skills: Intensive instruction in Level 4 through Level 6 prepares students for American university life. Students learn reading, writing and study strategies, research strategies, how to take lecture notes, how to use the library, and how to write research papers.

Graduate Student English (GSE): This special course is for graduate students who lack the requisite TOEFL score for full graduate school admission. Many departments at SIUC accept a passing score in GSE in lieu of the requisite TOEFL score. Activities include oral reports, research papers, critical reviews, and specialized readings associated with the individual student's major field of study as well as specific pronunciation and intonation guidance.

CESL Language Media Center: Computer-assisted language learning is available to all levels of study in our Language Media Center.

Skills Center: Students can get specific language support individually or in groups. Sessions on study tips, learning habits and conversation groups are regularly offered.

Observing Academic Classes: Students at advanced levels may register to participate as observers in any regular University class of their choice.

TOEFL Preparation: Students in Level 4 through Level 6 can take a special two-hour TOEFL class designed to help those who wish to improve their test-taking skills.

Customized Programs for Special Groups: Language instruction may be designed and offered on request to special groups (e.g. business executives, airline pilots, nurses, hotel managers). Any number of participants, length of study and interest area can be accommodated.

International Student Advisors: Students find assistance for their questions and / or concerns from professional advisors.

Centralized Location: CESL classrooms are located in the center of campus, adjacent to the Student Center and Morris Library. The Student Center houses the university bookstore, an extensive food service including nine different dining facilities (such as McDonalds and Starbucks), bowling alley, billiard room, craft shop, and many student-focused resources. Morris Library has one of the country's largest open-stack facilities, holding more than 2.6 million volumes.

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The Center for English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois

CESL Schedule and Approximate Costs

  Begin Dates End Dates
Spring Semester I
(8-week program)
early to
Spring Semester II
(8-week program)
mid-March mid-May
Summer Semester I
(3-week non-academic program)
mid-May early June
Summer Semester II
(8-week program)
mid-June early August
Fall Semester I
(8-week program)
mid-August mid-October
Fall Semester II
(8-week program)
mid-October mid-December

CESL Charges 8-week program
Application Charge
Class Charge $2,000.
Activities Charge $30.
Miscellaneous Fees $15.
Other Costs to Students
Health Service - SIUC Health Service provides primary care and major medical insurance $400.
TOEFL Test Fee (per test) $40.
Recreation $72.
Books (average) $100.
Dormitory and Food $2,000.
Apartments ($500 average, per month) $1,000.
  • Incidental Costs: Expenses for entertainment and incidentals amount to $35 - $50 per week for the average student.
  • All costs are shown in U.S. dollars, and are subject to change without notice.
  • Please contact CESL for pricing of the 3-week non-academic term.

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The Center for English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois

About Southern Illinois University Carbondale

  • Ranks among the United States' most comprehensive universities
  • Classified as a Carnegie Doctoral / Research-Extensive University, placing SIUC in the top five percent of U.S. colleges and universities
  • Serves approximately 20,000 students from more than 100 nations each year
  • Features nearly 200 academic programs, including 74 master's degree programs and 32 PhD programs
  • Offers highly-regarded professional degrees in law and medicine
  • Has a safe, beautiful and friendly campus with its own lake and forest
  • Offers conditional admission to all international undergraduate students

Among Southern Illinois University Carbondale's academic programs: Agriculture, art, aviation, automotive technology, anthropology, business, cinema-photography, computer science, education, engineering, foreign language study, forestry, history, journalism, linguistics, music, political science, radio-television, social work, recreation, rehabilitation - just to mention a few. Click here to select your academic preferences.

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Please note that the applications are in English.

Location: Carbondale, Illinois

The Center for English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois

Carbondale is a small, friendly city located in the heartland of the United States in southern Illinois. Carbondale has a population of about 30,000 people, and it serves as the host and focal point of trade, tourism and education for the region. Residents enjoy a low cost of living combined with easy access to major cities like St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Nashville.

Surrounded by forests, fields, lakes and bluffs, the campus of Southern Illinois University Carbondale is a regional nucleus of academic, creative and cultural endeavors. Most students enjoy outdoor hiking, boating, camping, baseball games, sports, and contact with the friendly people of southern Illinois. Bordered by a 270,000 acre national forest, the city of Carbondale was named The Best Small City in Illinois by Life in America's Small Cities.

The Center for English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, Illinois

We look forward to welcoming you to The Center for English as a Second Language at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. To learn more, review all of our programs and select the ones that interest you. Then complete the inquiry form, and we will respond (in English) directly. You may also apply online.

Contact CESL at SIU!

The Center for English
as a Second Language,
Southern Illinois
University Carbondale
1000 Faner Drive
Mail Code 4518
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

ph: 618-453-2265
fx: 618-453-6527
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North Central Association
of Colleges and Schools

Carnegie Classification

Amount Required on I-20:
US$ 18,000.

US$ 29,152.

US$ $13,885.

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