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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
    • The Center for English as a Second Language (CESL) was established in 1966. CESL's primary goal is to engage non-native English speakers in an outstanding curriculum in order to prepare them with the academic abilities and language skills essential to succeed at an American university, either at the undergraduate or graduate level. Housed jointly with the Department of Linguistics that offers academic training in TESOL, CESL provides supervised teaching opportunities for graduate students and serves as a focal point for the advancement of teaching and research in the ESL field. CESL is fully accredited by CEA and a proud member of AAIEP and UCIEP.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1966
      Membership/Accreditation : EnglishUSA,UCIEP/CEA
      Enrollment : 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
    • While attending CESL, students have the opportunity to live in on-campus dormitories where they can interact with native English speakers. Students living on campus will be close to classes, campus activities and other students – both American and international. Students are encouraged to arrange housing as early as possible due to the limited amount of space available. CESL may introduce private off-campus apartments, however it is the students' responsibility to make their own arrangements. For more information, feel free to contact the school directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • The Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) campus is located in peaceful Carbondale, Illinois, a true college town home to 30,000 residents and ideally situated about 160 km south of St. Louis, Missouri. Both students and residents alike enjoy the mid-South climate ideal for year-round outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, watching SIUC baseball games, and playing sports. Bordered by the spectacular 270,000-acre Shawnee National Forest and surrounded by picturesque lakes ideal for fishing and boating, Carbondale was recently named "The Best Small City in Illinois" in the national publication, "Life in America's Small Cities." Nestled in the "Heartland" region of the United States, Carbondale residents enjoy a low cost of living combined with easy access to the major cities of St. Louis, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Nashville.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1869, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIU) is a comprehensive, state-supported institution with an international reputation for excellence among its instructional, research and service programs. SIU offers its 12,000 students more than 200 academic programs leading to bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional degrees. The SIU campus sits on more than 8,000 acres, offering students endless access to numerous athletic fields, several tennis courts, and the Campus Lake complete with a beach and boat dock. The Student Recreation Center houses an Olympic-size pool, indoor running tracks, racquetball and squash courts, climbing walls, weight rooms, and basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts. Outside of the classroom, SIU students are actively involved in more than 450 registered student-run clubs and regularly organize on-campus events including lectures, concerts, festivals, plays and musicals.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to undergraduate programs and some graduate level programs are available for qualified students who complete the ESL program. No TOEFL score is required.
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English Program

    • Overview
    • The Intensive English Program offers four 8-week sessions throughout the academic year, and an additional 8-week term during the summer. Students enrolled in CESL receive 20 hours of classroom instruction per week.

      CESL offers 5 levels of English classes, from beginning to advanced. A course for graduate students is also available. Graduate Student English (GSE) is open to students who have completed the regular full-time program and wish to enter graduate school. Upon arrival at the school, students are required to take a placement test to help determine the level best-suited to their ability. At the end of each session, students who complete their course of study are awarded a certificate of attendance.

      The Program's curriculum begins by focusing on basic English skills, then proceeds to communication skills, and ends by focusing on English for Academic Purposes. Students compliment their in-class instruction by making use of software in CESL's computer labs and by meeting regularly with SIU students who volunteer to be CESL students' conversation partners. Courses available to intermediate and advanced-level students, in addition to their 10-hours per week of core (all skills) classes, include TOEFL preparation, Writer's Workshop, and American Culture. High-intermediate to advanced-level students can arrange to observe regular University classes of their choice.

      Class sizes average from 5 to 18 students. Every effort is made to keep classes at an average of 10-11 students for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 5-18 Students
      CLASS LEVELS: 5 Levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8 Weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 18 Years Old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 Issued Upon Request
      HOUSING: Dormitory
      Off-Campus Apartment
    • Dates
    • 2021
      8 WEEKS:
      6/7 - 7/308/16 - 10/810/13 - 12/10
    • Costs
      US$ 50
      TUITION FEE (2021)
      8 WEEKS US$ 2,300
      8 WEEKS N/A US$ 2,655 US$ 800-1,200
      Airport Pickup Service
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      Housing Fees include meals.
  • 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:
      Taxis are available at the airport. It will cost approximately US$30 and will arrive on campus in 15 minutes.

      From Lambert - St. Louis International Airport:
      It is the student's responsibility to arrange their own transportation from the airport to campus.The best way to come to Carbondale is by Cape Air , which has multiple daily flights between Williamson County Regional Airport (MWA) and St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL)
  • 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.
      Was this review helpful to you? Yes  No 

      [ 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.
      Was this review helpful to you? Yes  No 

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 33, Female ]

      [ Pusan, Korea, Age 22, Female ]

      [ 서울, 한국, Age 35, Female ]

    • Below you will find additional reviews in other languages.
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      [ 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 ]
      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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