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University of Arizona (CESL)

Center for English as a Second Language [Tucson, Arizona]


  • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students
  • Become a part of a nationally-ranked American university
  • World-famous attractions nearby: The Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and California's beaches

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  • Information
    • About the ESL Program
    • The Center for English as a Second Language's (CESL) long and fruitful history in providing high-quality ESL instruction began in 1968. Since establishing the Intensive English Program in the heart of the University of Arizona campus, CESL has trained thousands of international students, scholars, fellows and ESL teachers. Today CESL offers intensive English classes at all levels and all skills to students of all ages, from over 30 countries, who plan to study at a university in the United States or who need to improve their English skills for professional and personal training. CESL students have access to all University of Arizona faculties including the libraries, Student Health Center, Campus Recreation Center and campus computer labs. CESL is a proud member of UCIEP, a U.S. consortium of University and College Intensive English Programs known for its high professional standards and quality English language instruction.
    • Fast Facts
    • Affiliation : Public University
      Establishment : 1968
      Membership/Accreditation : UCIEP, EnglishUSA / CEA
      Enrollment : 75-100
      Average Class Size : 14
      Airport Pickup : Yes
      Tuition : Low
      Community Type : Urban
      Transportation : Bus, Taxi
    • A Message from School
    • Hello from Tucson!
      Welcome to the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL)! I invite you today to learn more about our program and apply to CESL through Studying at CESL is one of the best choices you can make. Our English students have continued their academic studies to become teachers, lawyers, doctors, government leaders, and professional athletes. Just think of what you could do when you study with us! Not only does CESL offer up to 25 hours of intensive English instruction per week for our regular courses, but we also create individualized programs for special groups (of any size) including scholars, administrators, businessmen, and even teenagers. If you have any questions about CESL, please feel free to let us know. We can even put you in contact with CESL students who can tell you about their personal, academic and cultural experiences while attending our program. On behalf of everyone here at CESL, we would be most honored if you would come to study with us and we all look forward to meeting you soon!
      Dr. Suzanne Panferov
      Director, Center for English as a Second Language
    • Center for English as a Second Language
      University of Arizona

      P.O. Box 210024 1100E James E Rogers Way
      Tucson, Arizona  85721-0024  U.S.A.
      TEL: +1 520-621-3637
      FAX: +1 520-621-9180
  • More Details
    • Housing
    • Having comfortable housing is important to your overall success and enjoyment of any study program. CESL will provide information for residence halls (on- or off-campus), furnished apartments, and homestays that fit your budget and lifestyle. However, it is the students' responsibility to make their individual housing arrangements. Due to the limited amount of space available, it is best to arrange housing as early as possible. For more information, use the Contact Address to the ask CESL directly.
    • Surrounding Area
    • Tucson is a safe, welcoming, multi-cultural city located in Arizona's beautiful Sonoran Desert. As a modern resort destination located in the historic Southwest, Tucson is full of tradition, ranging from the pre-historic Hohokam culture to the present day Native American cultures and its recent cowboy past. Boasting year-round sunshine, Tucson is a sportsman's dream with 19 nationally-ranked golf courses, excellent public golf courses, 2 spring training baseball teams and the University of Arizona championship basketball team. Tucson is one hour from the Mexican border town of Nogales and 7 hours from the majestic, world-famous Grand Canyon. Students can also visit the exciting casinos and nightlife of Las Vegas, Nevada and the pristine beaches of southern California, all located within a day's drive from downtown Tucson.
    • About the College/University
    • Founded in 1885, the University of Arizona is one of the United States' top research universities with many nationally ranked departments. Approximately 35,000 students are enrolled at University, coming from all 50 states and more than 100 foreign countries. The University is comprised of 16 colleges and 8 schools offering 121 Bachelor's Degrees, 114 Master's Degrees, and 82 Doctoral Degrees. There are 11 libraries in the University including the multi-million volume main library as well as the Architecture Library, the Law Library, the Health Sciences Library and the Science Engineering Library. The University campus is home to 8 museums including the Arizona State Museum, the Center for Creative Photography, the Flandreau Planetarium, and the University Art Museum. CESL students have access to all university facilities.
    • Conditional Admission / Credit Courses
    • Conditional Admission to the university is available for qualified students (Undergraduate programs and some graduate programs).
  • Study Options
    • Intensive English

    • Overview
    • The Intensive English Program offers five 8-week sessions throughout the year. Students enrolled in the program receive 22 hours of classroom instruction each week.

      The program offers 7 levels of English classes - from Basic (Level 10) to University Bridge (Level 80) - depending on the session’s student enrollment and need. At the beginning of orientation, students take written and oral examinations to help determine the level best-suited to their ability.

      The program focuses on developing students’ skills in the areas of reading, writing, listening and speaking, in addition to grammar and pronunciation, throughout all levels of instruction. Students studying at the Basic level focus on developing their survival English skills - including basic reading and writing - in order to achieve communicative competence and develop conversational ease. Intermediate-level students study from the program’s balanced curriculum to develop proficiency in the areas of listening, speaking, reading and writing; Advanced-level students build the academic skills essential to enter a degree program in a US university. In addition to studying from a rigorous curriculum designed to hone their academic skills, these students also attend a 3-unit university course in order to gain hands-on experience in a U.S. university classroom.

      Academically-qualified students may apply to the University of Arizona and receive Conditional Admission pending their completion of the university’s English language TOEFL requirement. CESL students who meet the CESL criteria may request a CESL endorsement in place of the required TOEFL score.

      Class sizes generally range from 16 to 18 students per class. Every effort is made to keep classes at an ideal size for effective English language instruction.
    • Data
    • CLASS SIZE: 16-18 students
      CLASS LEVELS: 7 levels
      COURSE LENGTH: 8, 16, 24,32 weeks
      MINIMUM AGE: 17 years old
      VISA INFORMATION: I-20 issued upon request
      HOUSING: The CESL does not manage any specific housing facilities.
      However, upon request, housing information will be provided.
    • Dates
    • 2021
      4 WEEKS:
      6/29 - 7/30
      Apply by 5/29
      8/16 - 9/17
      Apply by 7/16
      9/14 - 10/14
      Apply by 8/14

      8 WEEKS:
      8/16 - 10/14
      Apply by 7/16

      8 WEEKS:
      1/4 - 3/4
      Apply by 12/5
      3/8 - 5/6
      Apply by 2/8

    • Costs
      US $120
      TUITION FEE (2020-2021)
      4 WEEKS US $1,250
      8 WEEKS US $2,500
      US $180
      8-32 WEEKS See Remarks See Remarks See Remarks
      Airport Pickup Service
      Health Insurance
      $165 (4W);$330 (8W)
      University Fees
      $297.50 (4W);$595 (8W)
    • Remarks / Other Information
    • Dates and Fees are approximate and may change without prior notice.
      Application fee is non-refundable.
      All housing arrangements must be made directly with the housing providers.
      For more information about housing, use the Contact Address to the ask CESL directly.
  • Location
    • United States Tucson, Arizona
    • Location
      Center for English as a Second Language
      University of Arizona

      P.O. Box 210024 1100E James E Rogers Way Tucson, Arizona  85721-0024  U.S.A.
    • Getting To Your School
    • From Tuscon International Airport:
      It is the student’s responsibility to arrange transportation from the airport to campus. School can introduce airport pick up services that cost approximately US$12 and arrive on campus in approximately 20 minutes, but students have to make reservations on their own. Taxis are also available from the airport that will cost approximately US$20 and arrive on campus in approximately the same time.
  • Student Reviews
    • Academic Quality: 4.8
      School Environment: 4.7
      Helpfulness of Staff: 4.5
      Activities and Social Life: 4.7
      Accommodation: 3.5


    • There are 6 reviews for this school

    • Lulu
      [ Gansu, China, Age 22, Female ]
      28 of 32 people found the following review helpful.
      The school was pretty good!
      I am very happy to share my experience with you. I thought that learning English would require more and more practice, including lots of conversation practice. CESL offers this to students and the diversity of courses you need. Actually, before I came to CESL, I was not motivated to study English because I did not know how to read an article or completely understand what a certain passage was talking about, but now I am able to understand what the teacher and my classmates say. The most important thing is that I can say that I love English!
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      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 32, Female ]
      1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.

      [ Taipei, Taiwan, Age 27, Female ]
      13 of 13 people found the following review helpful.
      I love CESL
      一直現在還很懷念在CESL上課的那段日子,對我來說是很特別的經驗. U of A校園還蠻有特色的,語言學校的學生跟UA的學生一樣,可以使用學校的資源(Rec Center, Library...)

      老師基本上都蠻有耐心的,有任何事都很樂意幫忙. 他們只會跟你說英文,在學生不懂的時候,他們會放慢說話速度,或用不同的方式形容讓你了解.(雖然老師只會跟你說英文,但據我所知,很多老師都在國外住過,會兩種以上的語言) 班上同學來自日本,韓國,墨西哥,非洲,阿拉伯等,從同學身上也能學到不少有趣的事. 如果有需要CESL會協助找coversation partner,聊天又能練習會話. 當初選擇Homestay, 回到家也有很多機會說英文. 除此之外, 也跟homestay family上教堂,購物,拜訪親友,野餐, 體驗到很多美國人與我們不同的生活方式與文化特色.


      [ 東京都, 日本, Age 33, Male ]
      6 of 7 people found the following review helpful.

      [ taipei, taiwan, Age 28, Female ]

      valentin castillo garzon
      [ hermosillo, mexico, Age 41, Male ]
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