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Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)

Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) [Carbondale, Illinois]


  • Nationally ranked Carnegie Institution which is in the top 5% of US colleges and universities
  • Conditional admission for undergraduate study and for some graduate degree programs
  • Safe, small-town environment
  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1966
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA,UCIEP/CEA
      Enrollment : 30-50
      Average Class Size : 8
      Airport Pickup : Available from School if local airport (MWA)
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Rural
      Transportation : Bus, Train
    • A Message from School
    • Greetings from Southern Illinois!
      We thank you for visiting the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) on the website. CESL offers a high-quality English language program on the safe, beautiful campus of Southern Illinois University. While receiving high quality, caring instruction from professional CESL instructors, our students develop the academic abilities and language skills essential to succeed in degree programs at the undergraduate or graduate level at SIUC or at other colleges and universities in the United States. Students often say this is a great place to study, especially with the Shawnee National Forest and numerous parks so close to campus. We’re always happy to hear from international students, so please contact us if you have any questions or if you would like more information. We’d love for you to come to CESL to improve your English language skills!
      Bill Hellriegel
      Director, Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)
      Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC)
    • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
      Center for English as a Second Language

      1000 Faner Drive
      Carbondale, Illinois  62901-4518  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 (618) 453-2265
      FAX: +1 (618) 453-6527
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Surrounding Area
    • About the College/University
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 3-18 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 9 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old or high school graduate
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory
      Off-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2024
      8 WEEKS:
      8/19 - 10/11
      Apply by 7/1
      10/14 - 12/13
      Apply by 9/1

      8 WEEKS:
      1/13 - 3/7
      Apply by 12/1

    • Costs
      US$ 50
      TUITION FEE (2024)
      8 WEEKS US$ 1,800/$2,300
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,790 US$ 800-1,200
      Airport Pickup Service
      Free pick up at MWA (Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois)
      CESL Deposit
      US$110 (Non-Refundable)
    • Remarks / Other Information
  • Location
    • United States Carbondale, Illinois
    • Location
      Southern Illinois University Carbondale
      Center for English as a Second Language

      1000 Faner Drive Carbondale, Illinois  62901-4518  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Williamson County Regional Airport: Free pickup from Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois (MWA)
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.4
      School Environment: 4.3
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.2
      Activities and Social Life: 3.6
      Accommodation: 3.9


    • There are 19 reviews for this school

    • Mohammad
      [ Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Male ]
      7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
      Helped my University Plan
      CESL prepares you by giving you the tools to construct your university plan. It also teaches you to always be thinking about your goals, objectives, and responsibilities.
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      [ Osaka, Japan, Female ]
      4 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
      Prepare to Go to University
      Learning English gives some more possibilities for my future. It makes it possible for me to communicate with people from different countries, to know them, and to new cultures and values. CESL is a great program for you to prepare if you want to go to a university in the US.
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      [ Togo, Africa, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      Great for non-native speakers!
      CESL has helped me in my writing, presenting, using computer technology, understanding software such as powerpoint, and how to structure and organize papers, summarize them, and cite sources. Everyone whose native language is not English that wants to study in the U.S. needs to study at CESL. For graduate students CESL is a must. There is a big difference between students that have and have not studied at CESL.
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      [ Tegucigalpa, Honduras, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      An Open Door
      CESL is an open door for those who are second
      language learners, because it leads to facilities and
      opportunities for future experiences, academically
      and personally. Don’t close it.
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      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 33, Female ]

      [ Pusan, Korea, Age 22, Female ]

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 35, Female ]

    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.

    • Joyce
      [ Chiayi, Taiwan, Age 28, Female ]
      4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.

      very nature~ 也可以買ㄧ台腳踏車,享受自然環境~
      學校各方面設備不錯(電腦、圖書館),我很喜歡她們的Recreation Center。

      [ 花蓮, 台灣, Age 26, Male ]
      4 of 4 people found the following review helpful.
      SIUC的所有基本設施都不錯,而且有個很棒的學生運動中心,讓喜歡運動的人都有辦法找到鍛鍊身體的項目, 重點是,SIUC 是州立大學,所以在獎學金或者是較學硬體設施上都很豐富, 是一所很值得待的學校

      [ 香港, 台灣, Age 32, Female ]
      6 of 6 people found the following review helpful.

      [ 서울, 대한민국, Age 30, Male ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
      평화로운 대학 도시
      전반적으로 조용하고 여러나라의 학생들이 모여있어 공부하기 좋은 곳이다. 다양한 나라의 친구들을 만나고 싶다면 적극 추천.
      대학 프로그램에 맞게 체계적이고 수준에 맞게 수업이 진행된다. 대학 내에서의 어학연수라면 말하기가 부족하다고 생각하는데 전혀 아니다. 말하기는 물론 문법에서 대학 생활에 필요한 모든것을 배울 수있다. 그리고 대학에서 이용할 수 있는 모든 것의 혜택을 받을 수 있다. 기숙사, 식당, 스포츠센터, 도서관, 동아리 활동 등등
      단지 방학이 되면 도시가 너무 조용하다는 단점이 있지만 그 시간을 이용해 미국 여행을 할 수 있다. 정규 과정을 패스하면 대학 진학의 기회도 주어진다.

      [ 서울, 대한민국, Age 40, Male ]
      2 of 2 people found the following review helpful.
      3개월의 수업받은 경험
      저는 2008년1월에서 3월까지 12주의 영어수업을 받았습니다. 가족이 함께 갔기에 에버그린테라스라는 가족형 아파트에 들어 갔으며 주거환경이 아주 좋았고, 아파트 내에서 자유로운 아이들 이동과 놀이가 가능해 특히 좋았습니다. 학교수업은 철저하게 계획에 따라 진행되는 것을 느낄 수 있었고, 교사에 대한 평가가 정확하게, 그리고 즉시 나오기에 수업 준비가 철저 했습니다. 학교환경, 주변환경이 깨끗하고 유흥시설이 없는 작은 도시에 학교가 위치하고 있어서 학생들의 탈선을 걱정하지 않아도 좋을 것으로 이 학교를 추천합니다. 우리 가족은 미 서부생활비의 절반정도로 생활비로 생활할 수 있었습니다.

      [ Ciudad de Mexico, Mexico, Age 18, Male ]
      45 of 60 people found the following review helpful.
      Es Una Excelente Escuela
      Es una excelente escuela la recomiendo a todos los que quieran estudiar en esa universidad.

      [ 彰化, 台灣 ]

      [ Taipei, Taiwan ]

      [ 高雄縣鳳山市, 台灣, Age 46, Male ]

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 29, Male ]

      [ 南投縣/台灣省, 中華民國, Age 30, Male ]

      [ 서울, 대한민국 ]
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